Recently, Brenda Peterson (2008) published an inspiring article in the Great Falls Tribune. It’s title, Let’s Try a Little Kindness, It’s Right in Front of You, reminded me of the importance of slowing down and opening my eyes, mind, and heart to those around me. I want to share a piece with you here and challenge all of us – as Brenda does – to find ways to be kind this year.
“As each new year begins, it’s a new opportunity to restart and do a personal mental check on what’s important. I spend a lot of time driving for my job. And that windshield time is always fantastic for reflection, pondering my “to do” list, singing along to my favorite song (when I can’t carry a tune in a bucket) and occasionally making plans for the future. Sometime in the last year, along the interstate between Great Falls and Helena, I noticed a handmade sign that has become one of my favorites.
It states: Just be nice.
Such a simple and perfect sentiment.
We do have the power to make change with every action we take in our lives. All we have to do is to adopt a lifestyle of keeping kindness in the forefront of our hearts and our minds. Seems like a simple concept, but I’m thinking it will take a good deal of practice. However, I’m very confident it can be done. If we start with ourselves, and find ways to let kindness lead us, it will then naturally spill out into everything we do each and every day and ultimately spread to all that we come in contact with.” Read Brenda’s Full Article Here