It didn’t take very long for me to list the people who inspire me to be more kind. While I consider myself a kind person, there’s always room for more! The people I’ve chosen each inspire a different form of kindness in my life.
My spunky toddler is one of my kindness role models. She is incredibly compassionate and empathetic. Whenever she hears a baby cry when we’re out and about, she’ll stop and try to figure out where the cries are coming from. Her brows furrow and she’ll say “awwww baby cry Mom”. If she can find the baby, she’ll go up to them and try to make them laugh, give them a hug, a kiss, or tell them “it’s ok baby, no cry!”. It makes me smile every time. She reminds me how important it is to care for others, stand up for them, and be there for them even if their struggle doesn’t personally affect me.
My oldest who is one of the kindest people I know. She’s always concerned about how others will feel. She looks after other kids on the playground, speaks up for people, and always sees the best in people. She reminds me of the importance of being kind to others especially when it’s hard. She inspires me to stand up for those who need support and awareness drawn to their difficulties. She reminds me that contrary to what’s portrayed in the media, there are plenty of good people doing good things in the world. She makes me want to be one of those people and help others in any way I can, especially those who are going through a hard time, need a second chance, or just need someone to believe in them.
My mom who has shown me by example what it means to live a kind life my whole life. Growing up she taught me the importance of being involved in the community and how it’s up to each of us to help other people out. She’s incredibly kind-hearted! Whether she’s giving an encouraging word or supporting those around her, everything she does she does so with love. She’s the person who taught me that your actions speak louder than your words. I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful example of a woman and mother in my life.
My grandma! Speaking of kind-hearted people, I’ve never met someone as kind to the bone as my grandma! She’s always has something nice to say, always sees the best even in bleakest of situations, and always finding little ways to help. She reminds me to never let your heart harden. She’s gone through very difficult times yet hasn’t let that change her perspective of people or the world in general. She’s nice to everyone she meets and brightens up the room with her kind nature.
I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful people in my life who inspire kindness in their own ways. Other people who inspire me to be kind although I’ve never met them in person include:
- Alicia Keys- I find her human rights activism to be incredibly kind. Fighting for issues that others face that don’t affect you is a reflection of the kindness in her heart.
- George Takei- As a follower of his on social media, I’m always impressed with the things he shares. He’s constantly posting things that raise awareness on issues facing people across the world. I can’t help but think what a compassionate he must be.
- Ellen DeGeneres- Not only does she end her show with her tagline “be kind to one another!” but she seems like a such a kind person! She brings fun and laughter into the world without it being at the expense of others. For some reason, it seems like a lesson for an anti-bully campaign.
- Oprah- For someone so financially established, it would certainly be easy to retreat into one of her many homes and shut out the world around her. Yet Oprah is a person who gives to causes, raises awareness, and is actively contributing to make the world a better place. She reminds me that the responsibility doesn’t lie with any one person to make things better. It’s up to each of us to make kind choices that will be felt by the world around us.
Please remember this is my personal reflection for week 4 of The Kindness Challenge. If you aren’t on week 4, you can find the link to the week you’re on here. Please be sure to link your week 4 reflection here. I encourage you to share your reflection so that other participants can accompany you on the journey and your followers can be inspired. You never know whose role model you are ❤