My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!
The Dalai Lama said “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” I think that sums up my Spark for today perfectly.
Unkind people can be so difficult to deal with, especially if they hurt us. We want to fight back, to retaliate. But that never improves the situation, and it never resolves anything; it only creates more conflict and more hurt. So often the person who is being unkind is doing this from a place of being hurt or damaged inside that we can’t see and aren’t aware of. We never know what someone else has gone through or is going through that is causing them to be unkind.
I think it is very possible to respond to all situations with kindness. That doesn’t mean we have to accept being treated badly, or approve of someone’s behavior if they are being unkind, but we can show them through our response that there is a better way, a higher way, the way of love.
You never know, our kindness might just make a difference in their lives or at least give them something to think about, and it will most definitely help us keep in line with the kind of person we want to be… unruffled by people and events in the world around us.
When you find yourself in conflict with someone, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “Am I being kind?”
Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!
Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out. 🙂