People often assume that I feel positive and happy all the time…and that I always think, speak and act kindly! I don’t! Why don’t I? Because I’m human, and like all people, I sometimes feel discouraged and disappointed with myself and others, or feel frustrated with situations and those feelings can come out in unkind words and actions (especially if there’s a coffee cup left on the kitchen peninsula overnight again…)! Being kinder, and leading with kindness is “a practice that takes continued practice” for me just as it does for anyone. So what do I do when I’m feeling disappointed, upset, frustrated and that I’m not at my kindest? I force myself to stop focusing on myself and look around to see who needs help. What kind act could I do to help someone (like emptying the dishwasher or helping a colleague with some work)? Who could I call with a kind word of encouragement? Who could I send a positive thought and energy to? When I do this, and stop focusing on myself (what didn’t go my way, what I didn’t get) and focus on making things better for others, in a very short while, I feel better, and kinder too. The other day, I was talking with my friend Tamara Lucas, (who works in healthcare) about this, and here’s what she said: “Taking time to be kind to others is the best medicine!” And she’s entirely right! So today, if you aren’t feeling your kindest, take a moment to do something kind for someone else! They’ll feel so much better and so will you! And please remember, Kind Leadership is a practice that takes practice! So keep practicing! Thanks for the inspiration Tammy!
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