If you've been following us for any period of time, you know that we are all about spreading love and kindness to make the world just a little bit better. We are constantly posting about being kind and why you should be kind and how to be kind, and our hope is that seeing the positivity that radiates from the brand we have created will inspire people to feel HAPPY! Anyhow, while we pride ourselves on being super duper creative, we often rely on famous words and quotes to help us get what's on our hearts down on "paper."
So this morning I was perusing Pinterest per usual, looking for quotes about kindness, and came across this. It isn't often that something makes me stop and truly process, because I have severe ADHD and my brain isn't totally capable of that. UNLESS it's something really poignant or meaningful to me. There aren't very many ways to interpret this, but there is a lot to take into consideration. As a mother of 5, I try hard to choose being KIND over "choosing my battles". TRY is the key word. And it isn't always easy. It's actually really hard. But practicing patience is the most rewarding thing I do as a mother. I close my eyes, take a deep breath, count to 10 (amidst the screaming or crying or throwing or tackling) and tell myself: "Be who you needed when you were younger." I tell myself that yelling over the chaos isn't going to change their behavior or mindset or feelings. But practicing patience will teach my children that it isn't about what happens, but how you react to what happens that makes a difference.
I am not naive enough to think that by raising my words to a caliber of kindness over screaming to a level of insanity to get my point across is going to be as effective for my 3 and 1 year olds as it will be for my 5, 10 and 12 year olds. But my deep breath will show them that I care enough to think. And the softness in my voice will show them that I love them, even though I don't like how they're acting. I've been there. I understand. And we are going to get through this.
We have all heard that you attract more bees with honey. And I think that while sometimes we should avoid attracting bees AKA negative energy and or people who bring us down, there is something to be said for this. And that is... that love and kindness win. Our children learn from the example we set for them. And in REAL life and in the REAL moment it's easier said than done to be patient. But it's worth the effort. The quality of your WORDS will make a bigger impact, teach a more important lesson, and show your children that you love them FAR more than throwing an adult version of a temper tantrum.
So. This week. Practice Patience with us. Take a deep breath. Count to 10. Open your eyes. Look past the noise and realize how blessed you are. Gratitude opens your heart and helps you be compassionate. And I think that no matter who we are voting for in the upcoming election there is one thing we can all agree on: We could all afford to have a little more compassion in our hearts. We are ALL, after all, human beings. And we all deserve LOVE!
So for whatever it's worth. Raise your WORDS. xxx & enjoy our free printable!