Tanya’s Comments: In the past few years, I have become more devoted to being kind to others. I think that blogging has helped me to develop a kind attitude because I get to communicate with others whose kindness inspires me, including the author whose post I’m reblogging.
But times like this make it difficult to want to be kind. I say that because I am going through a very difficult time in my life right now, and it is because of the selfishness of another person. What do I do? I have very little control over the situation. So I wonder- what difference does it make to be kind when certain others don’t care about what’s happening to me?
I admit that I had an opportunity to be kind tonight, and I chose not to. One of the washing machines in my building isn’t working, and instead of putting a “machine isn’t working” sign on it like I usually do (to save someone else from putting money in it before realizing it doesn’t work), I decided to let someone else deal with it. I know it’s a small thing, but I feel bad about it. It’s just that I feel so jaded.
So what do you do when you are a kind person, but another person/people aren’t kind to you? How do you move forward from there?
Tanya’s comment: To practice self-compassion is to forgive yourself for your mistakes; to stop saying “I should’ve…”; to stop criticizing yourself for things you can’t change. Seeking to improve one’s self is a great pursuit, but constant self-judgement is not productive.
I came across some words of wisdom recently when reading the book, “Keep Calm & Carry On,” published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. These little gems have helped remind me of the best way to go about penny-pinching, and are quite inspirational. In the current economic climate, many of you may be needing these words, too, so I happily share them with you here.
I recently found a Reddit article in which someone posted the question, “What’s a fact you know that will cheer me up?” Here are some of the beautiful responses (there are already 500 within the 4 hours the question was posted):
Hedgehogs, already insanely adorable, are considered very beneficial to UK gardeners. Gardeners cut little hedgehog holes in their fences so the hedgehogs can freely roam from garden to garden.
Each year, hundreds of trees grow because squirrels forget where they buried their food.
Every cow has their own best friend that they hang around every day.
The act of smiling inadvertently improves your mood.
Why don’t we try that here! Please post a comment of something that would cheer someone up or that has cheered you up! Thanks! 🙂
These words are a great source of encouragement, inspiration and strength to all bloggers and journalists who search for the truth, even when they know that doing so may make enemies. Society needs their courage and fearlessness- without them, who knows what information and knowledge would never see the light of day.
Endless pursuit of the perfect match may reveal a misguided quest for self-love.
“When I noticed that I was speaking harshly or unkindly to myself, I stopped and reflected on how I’d never talk to others that way. Then I worked on speaking more gently to myself. After several months of determined practice, that inner critic gave way to a more compassionate voice.”
Hi everyone! The company that makes the anti-virus software I use on my PC sent this email to all its customers. This advice is really good, so I want to share it with my readers.
I don’t want it to seem like I’m advertising for them, so I didn’t include the link. I copied and pasted it here:
Here are some tips for online shopping to help keep you (and your finances) safe when you fire up the Internet.