Very honestly there is not much to this post besides my inspired ranting... but, here goes anyway!
I've have been absolutely floored by such an outpouring of kindness recently. In so many different aspects of my life I have received and witnessed such an abundance of genuine kindness and it has my mind-set in such a fantastic place.
I don't want to speak for other people, but I can definitely share the kindness I've received and express my utmost gratitude for those that chose to say such nice things, and do such nice acts.
I've really been trying to grow my blog because I honestly just have so much passion for it. So, I've been coming up with more content and really specifying what I want my brand to be. I think this has led me to be more genuinely myself than than trying to fit in with other trends, and it's helping more than I ever could have imagined. Just today I've received 5 different compliments in the forms of DM's, Facebook messages, and texts from both current and old friends that, in one way or another, just wanted to tell me I'm 'rockin it' and that I look great. They didn't have to say those things, but they took 30 seconds out of their days to say something and it has made my whole day.
Last week I shared my a few of my favorite bloggers and Kelly (MI Mentality) was so genuinely grateful that her words seriously transformed me. All of the nice things I said about her came from a place in my heart that I have for her content, and in return she had the most beautiful outpouring of gratitude and kindness. Again, we had maybe a 20 minute back-and-forth that, at least in my case, made my whole week!
Those are just a few instances of both friends and simple acquaintances that practiced kindness and may or may not realize that impact.
So often I see terrible things on the news, read hateful posts and comments on Facebook, and witness friends say things that are unnecessarily and simply have to wonder why? I've studied psychology, I've studied history, and I know 100% that so long as there are two people there will be conflict in this world. But if you have the ability to avoid conflict and simply adopt the mindset of kindness, I guarantee you can at least impact your circle, who in turn can impact others.
So, I'm trying to adopt the mentality of kindness. I'm still human so of course I dislike things, and of course I will have negative opinions on certain things, but I want to try harder to keep that to myself. In the past I've been one to judge or say not-so-nice things in the form of humor and I really think it's time to switch that mentaility. Instead, if I like what a stranger is wearing I'm going to compliment them. If I think a colleague went above and beyond on a project I will praise them. If I can tell online someone is having a bad day I will reach out to them. Basically my new mantra is 'if I don't have anything nice to say, I'm not going to say it.' In receiving all of the kind words I have I am impacted heavily, so I can only hope that if I take seconds out of my day to say and extra nice thing that my impact will be the same.