15 hours ago
The Road to Kindness
I believe the road to kindness is paved with memories. They become stepping-stones for us to place our feet when the river we call life becomes terribly rough. When we have to cross a chasm of discontent and anger, they forge a bridge for us to cross. When we are in turmoil, these positive memories build a raft for a us to cling to. This isn’t to say that you forget the bad, its just to say that when you feel yourself start to slip into old habits, or devolve into anger it becomes a personal choice for you to shift your thinking. This becomes infinitely easier as we age because I think we start to notice our time is getting short.
I’ve had a rough couple years and when the hits keep coming it can become increasingly difficult to notice the good that is happening in the midst of your own turmoil, but I challenge you to do so. Love is difficult, I’ve talked about this before, but when we truly have love of any kind for a person we shouldn’t let it go. Love is a limited commodity and every single being on the planet deserves it. I didn’t stutter either, EVERY. SINGLE. BEING. So when your anger starts to take over, or you feel slighted by someone you care about I challenge you to first think about your favorite thing about that person, write it down, commit it to memory, create a muscle memory, so to speak that way if you get angry again, or sad and you feel it is at the hands of someone, your first thought will be about your favorite moment with them. It will change who you are and you’ll be paving a road that will always lead to kindness, love, hope, and happiness.
I’d like to hear your favorite memory of me if you have one. Comment below. I’ll respond in kind to your comment. Life is short, way too short not to love hard. I don’t regret any person who has a piece of my heart, my friends (those that are still there and those who I no longer speak to), my partners, my family (even though I don’t speak to all of them either), and my patients.
I’ve included one my favorite memories of all time, shared with my friend Heath. The time I met Tank, from Tank and The Bangas. (excuse my sweatiness)
Cheers everyone, have a brilliant week.