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Kind Kindred

Please welcome Tara, our second guest blogger for our special Kind Kindred guest blogging feature! I met Tara online through Handmade in Pa last summer, right before she took over Scoutie Girl – it’s been such a pleasure getting to know her through her blog, it’s definitely a daily read of mine! I’m so excited to have her here on Kind Over Matter today sharing part of her story! Enjoy! xoxo – Amanda


Everything Happy by Stephanie Corfee

Be Kind to Your Neighbor As to Yourself

I may be a design & lifestyle blogger now but in college, I was a religion major. I studied contemporary Christian thought, the death of God movement, and reveled in Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s notion of religion without religion.

Luckily, I’m not here to wax poetic about my days as an academic theologian.

I do want to share an “aha!” moment that I had. While studying the New Testament, one of my professors made a remark about a popular verse, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Simple, right? You should love your neighbors as much as you love yourself.

But this professor paused and reminded us that this required loving ourselves.

In order to love others, we had to come to terms with loving ourselves, valuing ourselves, giving ourselves a hug, kiss, & a pat on the back. An important lesson for any college student.

This is not just a lesson from the Bible and it’s certainly not an exclusive doctrine. But it is one that is easy to forget and even easier to ignore even as we claim to live by the principle. In an effort to push back against an unnecessarily selfish society, we focus on what we can do for others. We tear ourselves apart at the notion that we don’t give enough, that we don’t love enough.

You say, “be kind.” But are you being kind to yourself?

Are you taking time to do the things that you love (especially the things you love that aren’t “work”)? Are you enjoying your own unique desires? Are you feeding your soul and recharging your mind?

How can you expect to be kind to others if you aren’t kind to yourself?

When I don’t take enough time for myself – or when I don’t see an opportunity for me-time in the near future, I know I am quicker to snap at others. I am less likely to consider their feelings and opinions.

Just ask my husband.

So, in the spirit of Kind Over Matter, I’m challenging you to make being kind to yourself a priority. You might want to start by embracing a life of abundance — what you already have and what you are able to go get right now. What can you do today to be kind to yourself and, in turn, make yourself more open to being kind to others?

Tara Gentile is the editor of Scoutie Girl, the blog with a penchant for the passionately handmade. She writes on indie craft & design, community, and life. She’s just launched an e-course, Between the Lines, on marketing yourself through the power of story.

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