My son Dawson is back today as a guest blogger! I love the way Dawson’s mind translates concepts into practical ways to love others better and live out our best life. The profound simplicity of his 10 year old self speaks so clearly to his tender heart and creative mind. I hope his words are as impactful to you as they are to his proud mama! 😉
Kindness is an important puzzle piece in our world just like being brave, helpful and loving are. If kindness were missing it would feel like there was a big hole in the world and in our hearts. We would feel lonely and afraid to take risks. No one would open up and share their feelings or story.
When kindness is in place people take more risks because they are not afraid of being hurt and failing. They know they’ll be filled with love and encouragement from others if we fall short. When we show kindness to others its changes their insides and then kindness can’t help but overflow into other people. Kindness changes everything.
Here are a few tips about how to be kind:
K is for Knowing your surroundings. Be aware and pay attention to what is happening around you. Is anyone sad? Does someone need a hug? Can you encourage someone? You have to know your surroundings because everyone has something special inside. Being aware of how and who to be kind to can make a big difference.
I is for Initiative. Take initiative to help others on your own without being asked. This shows a lot of thought and love for others and that you care about them.
N is for Not afraid to dig deep. Digging deep might mean you have to get outside of your comfort zone to show kindness. Don’t be afraid to feel what the other person you are helping is feeling. When you put yourself in their shoes you might be able to better understand and help.
D is for Determined. Be determined to help people otherwise you might easily give up. Sometimes being kind is hard and you have to keep trying. Be determined to always put others before yourself.
N is for Never be afraid to do the right thing. Whether you have to stand up to your friends or to a bully, don’t let that keep you from doing the right, kind thing. Be brave and don’t let what other people think bother you.
E is for Encourager. Now let’s be honest, how is anyone going to be kind and not be encouraging? You can’t have one without the other. Always be looking for ways to encourage others to be kind too.
S is for Self confidence. You need to have a lot of self confidence to be kind because sometimes being kind might not make you look cool. Being kind with no self confidence is like making chicken without an oven because self confidence is a tool you need to be kind.
S is for Sadness Cop mode ON. Always be looking for someone who is sad so you can help them and show kindness. Someone who is sad might be looking down at the ground or really quiet. They might be alone or even crying. When your sadness cop mode is on you are aware of sadness. To be kind to others you can tell them a joke, invite them to be included, give them a hug or a compliment.
Now get out there and be kind!