A couple months ago I had the privilege of meeting Kate. She is amazing!! So I was really excited when I asked her if she would guest post here at Rags to Stitches and she said, yes. I just love what she had to share with all of you. Her heart is so big and I hope that you will all be touched by what she has to say.
Kindness is the New Black
It’s the time of year where I find myself thinking resolutions. I’m going to eat better. Work out more. Go to church. Spend less money. In fact, I have a whole list of goals in my journal for 2012. Some of them I’ll reach. Some of them will be discarded in a few more days.
But I have one that I hope to keep front and center this year:
It sounds simple, doesn’t it? It’s not. At least not for me. I’ve been giving it a good “warm up” try since Thanksgiving. You know what I’m learning? I have a very easy time being judgmental, impatient, snappy, and snarky. Being kind to everyone. all the time. is a feat well beyond my natural abilities.
You know who I have the hardest time being nice to?
I find it way too easy to be mean to myself. The voice in my head can say some pretty unkind things and I’m more than ready to silence that voice.
I think we all are a little bit like that.
So this year, let’s be nice. Not just to each other but also to ourselves. Let’s silence the tape of unkind things that plays in our head. Because everyone (including you – including me) is fighting some kind of battle.
ALISSA HERE AGAIN:
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Love you friends!
Susan Chaney says
It is hard not to have higher expectations for ourselves than for others, especially when you have been that way your entire life! Keep working to see the beautiful, caring person you are.
hannah singer says
thanks for this. i often forget to be kind to myself, too. if i remeber that first, seems i am quicker to pour it out to others!
love you two ladies!
XOXO. Isn’t it funny how that works? It’s amazing how much lighter, happier, kinder, more forgiving I am when I’m being nice to myself. What a good reminder!!
Alyson @EisleyRae says
I am right there with you, Kate. I love this post and be probably read it over a few times. Being kind to others is big, but being kind to ourselves is so important. Thanks for the reminder.
Thanks for commenting! It’s something I think every single person struggles with and yet…there is absolutely no reason for it. God calls us to be uplifting and edifying to others, but I think he also wants us to show that same love and forgiveness to ourselves – after all, he does.
Such truth, Kate!