You’re a pretty powerful person. It might not always feel like it. But we have the power to change in our hands. We might not be able to change the whole world with acts of kindness, strength and persistence, but we can change the world for one person. Instead of stamping our mark on the whole world, let’s leave imprints on people’s hearts and minds. And those tiny threads that bind us together will ultimately change the world. You’re a pretty powerful person, so don’t underestimate it.
Every time you touch another soul, let them take a piece of you with them. Every time you wipe a tear, listen attentively, lend a hand, shout encouragement, thank politely, stand up for someone and so on, you establish, reinforce and restore the cycle of kindness. You can brighten up someone’s day. You can be that one good thing in someone’s otherwise horrible day. And that makes all the difference. Kindness is a currency we can abundantly share and never run out of, that we all possess and all can use. And someone else will pass it on. Don’t be afraid to give it away. One day someone will pass it back to you at a time when you need it most, because someone else didn’t let the cycle break.
Imagine your fear is a friend – a paranoid, anxious and fearful friend. How could you treat them? Would you feed the fear? Would you calm the fear? Would you ignore the fear? Sometimes it’s a combination of all kinds. But what they all have in common is compassion; we would want the best for our friend. And we should extend that same courtesy to ourselves. Sometimes we have to show ourselves a little compassion, accept that we’ve set ourselves certain limits and try to move past them. Fear is a friend we should be comfortable chatting with. Fear will always be with us, so why not treat it as a friend and let it travel this journey with you? Don’t fight it, confide in it. Don’t hate it, embrace it. Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood.
For various reasons, both unforgivable and understandable, we do not always treat each other the way we should. And sometimes when we witness an injustice or offence, we have an urge to seek some sort of revenge. But let’s not let revenge consume us. As much as we might hate it, we’ve sometimes got to be the bigger person. Sometimes we have to kill with kindness. Sometimes we have to avenge with success. Sometimes we have to forgive and forget. Where it might seem best to fight fire with fire, we’ll both still be burned. Instead of smoke, leave an air of kindness. It will linger and rub off on them.
Our relationships shouldn’t be the means by which we climb up the ladder, the means by which we snatch more into our pockets, or the means by which we raise our superiority. Whilst the foundation of our relationships should be a balance between giving and receiving, we shouldn’t treat people in relation to their ability to give. Some people give their everything. Some people take all and give nothing. Some people have very little to give, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t if they could. Not every relationship or encounter is something to be gained from. Sometimes it’s purely about being honourable and kind towards another person, regardless of what we see in return.
Hold onto who you are. Hold onto your dignity, compassion and enthusiasm. Hold onto your patience, tolerance and forgiveness. Hold onto those who inspire and energise you, who laugh and cry with you. Hold onto love, the love others give you and your capacity to love endlessly. Hold onto the beautiful memories of times past. Hold onto hope for the future and for the unknown. Hold onto today. Hold on tight to the good things in life. Be careful they don’t slip through the cracks or shatter on the floor. Not all great things happen twice.
We can all help the world be a better place. By extending a hand. By standing up for the victim. By empowering the voiceless. By comforting the lonely. By listening to the other side of the argument. By encouraging the next generation. By caring for the earth. By sharing an idea. By radiating positivity. And so on. It doesn’t all come to money or time or access. We can make the world a better place through our perspective, our energy and a string of good deeds. We all have a part to play. And it can make all the difference. Which one is yours?