Kindness.  Pass it along.

“I say to myself remember this.  Kindness begins with me.”  One of the most profound lyrics ever.  We live in a world where “men’s hearts wax cold.”  Where did empathy go?  Has compassion become inconvenient?  Are values in a downward spiral?  As we become more agnostic as a people, values that have a Christian foundation, are being discarded faster than the trash.  The busier people have become in their lives the less they are aware of those around them.  Busy and indifferent are worn as a badge of honor.  I believe with kids, a husband or wife, a job, church callings, sports, and however else you choose to spend your time you can be both busy and kind, compassionate and empathetic.  How do we accomplish going against the grain of current societal trends?  A couple of ideas.  First declutter your schedule.  There will always be work, kids soccer games, a movie, etc etc etc.  As we grow up for most adults life becomes full of choices between many good things.  Prioritize the BEST things.  What really matters is where you spend your time.  Sometimes you just have to take a pass.  Second SMILE…a lot.  It not only does you good but a smile lifts those around you.  Even the strangers you come across.  Third, find ways to incorporate service into your life on a consistent basis.  You may not be able to change the world but you certainly have the power to change your relationship with a spouse, a neighbor, impact a classroom, influence a community.  The reality here is you can make a difference in one persons life.  Can you imagine?  One person.  I think that is the real lesson here.  We are all about the big things.  We have forgotten the simple beauty of impacting the one.  Finally this may seem counter intuitive in my arguments for being selfless, but I think you need to make time for yourself.  Read a book, take a bubble bath, watch a sunset, listen to music, be still.  We are so much more capable of seeing clearly and making good choices when we slow down.  Make moments for you, it forces you out of the noise.  How can one hear themselves when everyone is shouting you know.  I found this little quote below and it sparked this post.  No matter who we are we can make a difference if we are willing.  😇❤️👻

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