Are you Kind?

Are you kind? Take a second to think about it. Are you kind to people you encounter? I feel like as entrepreneurs (and people in general), we should ask ourselves that question from time to time. Have you noticed that kindness can take a back seat when stress or problems come into our lives? We know we must eat, drink water, pay our bills; but we don’t HAVE to be kind to people.

So, I want to ask again, are you kind? Do you treat family, friends, colleagues, and strangers with kindness? For us to continue to grow and improve, we must ask ourselves these self-reflective questions. When we ask ourselves these questions, we can recalibrate (for a lack of a better word) our lives, if it’s necessary.

I want to take you to the verse in the Bible where someone asks Jesus what’s the best commandment out of all them. Jesus answers so very wisely:

Matthew 22: 37-39:  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

I added this verse into this post, because to thrive in life, all we must do is follow these two commandments. Let’s focus on the second part “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Your neighbor can be anyone at any moment. So, essentially, when we love our neighbor (family, friends, strangers, etc…), we are treating them with kindness. Kindness is a big deal…

I want this blog post to have people thinking as they are going about their day. I want us to be mindful when we aren’t exhibiting kindness to “our neighbors”. I want us to realize what it means when we get so busy, we treat people however we want. I want us to TRULY start treating “our neighbor” with kindness. That means, we treat them with kindness, even if they don’t agree with us or our opinions.

This means, no more arguing about our differences. Instead, letting kindness be the bridge that leads us to embracing each other and talking more about our similarities.

You may be thinking, this sounds great, BUT…. here’s the thing there is no but in this situation. You, personally, must make an executive decision on this. You have to decide that you will be kind to all people, no matter what they look like, what they think, or who they are.

You may be thinking now, how do I make sure I’m being kind?

Here are some ways you can be kind to people:

1.       Smile. A simple smile can show that you’re friendly and comfort someone in a time of need.

2.       Offer help. If you see someone struggling to carry their groceries, open a door, or paying for a small meal. If you’re able bodied and have the finances; lend them a helping hand. A small gesture can change the course of someone’s day and/or life.

3.       Be you. God made us all unique. We all can exhibit kindness in different ways. So, figure out how you exhibit kindness to people… and do it. For example, I can’t really carry big boxes for someone struggling, but I can offer a word of comfort or pay for someone’s coffee. Find your unique kindness calling.

There are so many ways to be kind in this world. I want to make sure as entrepreneurs, we are still exhibiting kindness to ALL people. Please, share this blog and tell me other ways you can exhibit kindness to others. Let’s start a kindness movement! When you share this, hashtag it #kindnesswithMotiv8. Let’s get kindness trending!