This was such an amazing week for me! Even though the challenge focus was about people who inspire you to be more kind, everything we’ve been practicing for the past 5 weeks came so naturally. I found myself noticing kindness all around me, reacting from a place of kindness even in the most frustrating and irritating situations (both at home and outside of it) and practicing gratitude often throughout my day. All of this helps to manage my emotions and responses better and brings out the best in me.
Over the week I’ve been thinking about people who inspire me to live a more kind and gentle life. The list was longer than I thought it would be and I was so excited to realize that there were so many people that made me want to be better. I love to make lists, so I’m going to make a list of the top 5 people and why they’re on the list!
People that inspire me to live a more kind and gentle life:
- My daughters- My 7 year old is one of the sweetest people I know. She’s so considerate, thoughtful, and always tries to be helpful. She’s easily and effortlessly forgiving, sees the best in people, and is so tender-hearted. I often observe the way she reacts and it makes me want to be more like her. My youngest is 18 months and even at such a young age you can already see her kind nature. She loves to smile and wave at everyone she passes and she’s a practical jokester who loves to make people laugh. She’s very giving, always sharing whatever she has whether it be her toys or the last bite of food in her hand. It reminds me that we are all born kind and gentle and don’t have to dig as deep as we might think to tap into it because it’s our natural state.
- My mom- She has been my role model from the time I was a little girl. She is so thoughtful, helpful and encouraging. She’s giving to a fault and regularly listens to understand. She’s the kind of mom that not only her words but her actions are the example she wants to set. I’m very thankful to have such a wonderful person in my life as not only a role model but confidant and friend.
- My grandma- She’s one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met in my life. She’s a person that’s lived a very hard life one that if I lived for myself I couldn’t guarantee I’d have the same positive outlook on life. Yet through all she’s endured she always finds the silver lining. She’s patient, has a grateful heart, and is meticulously thoughtful.
- Ellen- Whenever I watch her talk show, I can’t help but think how kind she is! She’s funny but not at someone’s expense, she’s thoughtful and generous. She seems like she’s very light-hearted, patient, and supportive. The more I know about her, the more I like her. She seems like such a genuinely kind person and I love watching her show with my girls, it always buts us in an even better mood and leaves us feeling all warm inside.
- Oprah- She reminds me that your struggle is your story but you decide the ending. She’s thoughtful, encouraging, and generous. I love her positive attitude and that she practices gratitude daily. Through her Super Soul Sunday I’ve found many other people that inspire me to live a more kind and gentle life. Which also reminds me of the importance of surrounding yourself with kind-hearted people.
These are people that make me want to be the best version of myself. While it’s easier to be stagnant, look around me and see the bad in the world and let it harden my heart, and just give in and react according to how people act towards me, that says more about me than my surroundings. I’ve already lived a pessimistic life being as rude to people as they are to me. It does nothing to better my mood, day or life and that’s not the example I want to set for my girls. So while in some situations it’s really difficult to be kind, it’s absolutely worth it for my mental and emotional health as well as the sake of my character.