This past week the community where I live was rocked by the news of the death of a young teen who took her life after years of bullying. There is no shortage of stories like a hers and I have never quite understood how anyone could treat anyone else in mean or unkind way.
It did get me to think about how we can make the work a kinder, gentler place and I believe the words of Gandhi speak to how to accomplish this seemingly momentous task- be the change you wish to see in the world. And the most important person we can be kind and gentle to is our self. Noticing our thoughts and when we judge and put ourselves down is a start. Do you "should" on yourself? Can you replace the word "should " with "I'd like to" or " I will try to"?
When we start being kinder and gentler to our self, we unconsciously extend that kindness and gentleness to those around us. You can be the change to a better world where we accept those who are different and learn to forgive their mistakes if you can change your own self talk to something more positive and know you are doing the best you can in this moment.
So next time your thoughts try to pass judgement on yourself or someone else, remember:
Don't should on yourself and don't should on others- and that in the end , only kindness matters.
Dedicated to AT- wherever you rest, may you receive the love and peace that for some reason this world was unable to give you.