You’ve probably seen the art prints on Pinterest that say “throw kindness around like confetti” (sadly I don’t know where the quote originates from). It could seem a little childish or silly, but I think there’s something to it. Kindness seems to go by the wayside when people feel rushed or inconvenienced. There’s a lot of hard stuff going on in the world, seen both on a big scale, like what we see on the News, and the smaller things in our own everyday lives. I’m learning that kindness is key.
It can feel so totally overwhelming to take in all that is happening around us. Whether it be the heartache we feel from News reports or friends and family who are doing it tough. We can feel a little hopeless and even short tempered at how little we have the ability to change things. That’s where I think that throwing some kindness around can really make a difference.
It doesn’t have to be big, flashy or expensive. It can be letting someone with only one item jump in front of you at the supermarket when you can see that they’re in a rush. It can be sending a little care package or a card to someone far away. Even a smile and a little extra patience with a sales assistant who is trying their best to serve a shop that’s suddenly full of people. It’s something that I’ve been trying to do more often. I’m by no means perfect, but it’s something I’m trying to be more mindful of.
Kindness needs to extend not only outwards, but inwards too. Being kind to everyone else whilst treating yourself poorly isn’t great either. For some of us, being kind to ourselves and giving ourselves some grace to make mistakes and the time to fix them, is a real challenge. But whilst you’re showering your corner of the world with kindness confetti, be sure to let some land on you too. It’s better than confetti – it doesn’t leave any mess!
I’m setting myself a challenge as the stressful and busy part of the year arrives. When I start to feel stressed and overwhelmed I’m going to ask myself: how can I feel kind in this situation? What can I do to make it feel less tense? Sometimes it will be with some patience, a smile and letting it goooo, and others it might even be simply reminding myself that it doesn’t matter. And when things feel really overwhelming, I’m going to picture the space I’m in covered in confetti, because confetti is the best and it makes me smile. Seriously, if you’re frustrated with someone, picture them covered in confetti. It’s hard not to laugh!
Let’s try to through some kindness around over the coming silly season/ end of year crazy time and see if it helps us feel a little bit lighter, even for a moment.
Do you try to practice kindness regularly? Is this something you’d like to try?