It has been a crazy start to 2020 with life, business, family, fun and physical activity in a constant turf war for the hours in the day on my schedule. Things are settling in nicely which is enabling me to get back to the things I like to do and the positive patterns I like to keep.
One of those is a weekly post to talk about something worth discussing in the name of positivity, constructive progress or happiness. I was originally inspired to share this on the blockchain by the champion @wesphilbin and the tag #thoughtfuldailypost. Daily would lead me to be too preachy but weekly is good to share my perspective as a dad, business owner, and optimist.
I know I am not responsible for the happiness and sanity of others. This could be too tall a task and heavy a load to have to constantly bear. I am committed, however, to try an make my impact to my surroundings a positive one.
I think that keeping a kind heart is along those lines but taking it a bit further.
A kind heart, to me, would be like deciding to be happy and stay that way no matter what challenges, and being ready to share that happiness when the opportunity presents itself. It didn't occur to me that this approach might have have a larger impact in the off chance that someone might be in a little more dire position emotionally or psychologically.
I was searching for an image that would encourage us to be nice. I do appreciate the dedication it takes to work hard as well. So, being nice can be harder work for some than others, but it is the dedication to do what it takes that enables us to succeed in anything. Being nice may come easily for those predisposed to be so but even they have moments when it is hard work to be nice.
I think what made me pause and reflect so much on this particular collection of words is the change in perspective. Though I work on myself and strive to make a positive impact in the world, it is a private effort to be nice and assume it will help. Being kind is more of an extension, considering the status and situation of others in that context that changes being nice to being kind.
The difference between being nice and being kind can literally save a life. In less extreme cases, it allows us to engage our perception and sympathy/empathy and make a real, meaningful connection.
The universe doesn't care about your financial battles. It cares whether you are using your limited time here to make a positive impact on everything else. Be kind.