Always be a little kinder than necessary

photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

I’ve been struggling a little with being kind this week.

Yuck. That feel gross to admit, but it’s true. I got pretty snappy with a hospital orderly who went past a family member’s room twice without taking the dinner tray, finding a daily kindness this week has been quite a challenge, and I’ve just generally not felt like it.

Kinda weird to choose this quote then, right? 

Well, I figured I needed a reminder of how I want to show up, and more importantly, some gentleness around my own human imperfection.

Yes, I always want to be a little kinder than necessary. That’s how I want to show up in the world whether it’s with a client, my husband or a perfect stranger. There’s so much negativity and terribleness in the world, I really feel drawn to sharing some light. That’s my goal, but the reality is that I don’t always achieve that goal…and that’s OK.

I’m not perfect (duh!) and in times like these when I’m struggling with being a little kinder than necessary, what becomes so important is self-kindness. Letting myself off the hook, knowing that I’ll try again tomorrow and forgiving myself. All of those things that don’t necessarily come naturally, but are so important to practice.

I spent some time this past weekend doing just that. Reflecting, pausing and letting go. It’s OK that I wasn’t the greatest at my kindness goal last week because I choose to keep trying. I choose to practice gentleness with my self because I know I’m going to try again.

So, here’s me. Trying again. Practicing. Because life is a one time offer, and I choose love.

Thanks for being on this journey with me.
?, Lara

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