We’re always told to be kind. In fact, I imagine everyone was taught this as a child.
Yet many don’t take the time to truly contemplate the importance of kindness.
Just look at social media – it is overrun with unkindness.
You never know what people are privately going through…you never know when it will be someone’s last breath.
You’re guaranteed this: one day, with each person you’re close to, it’ll be your last conversation with them…and you won’t even know it at the time.
So be the kindness, love, respect and compassion you want to receive.
Be mindful – so very mindful – of kindness…especially in your closest relationships.
…the people you love
…the people who love you
…especially the people who have proven beyond any shadow of doubt they love you.
The ones who have stood by you after everyone else walked away…
…the people who believed in you when no one else did
…the people who encouraged you when no one else would
…the people who deeply pray for you consistently
…because all of these people are exquisite gifts loaned to you by God.
Loaned. Meaning, you never know when God will need them back.
Treat your loved ones right.
Have conversations you won’t regret or be ashamed of at a later date.
Set aside time this holiday season to reach out to your loved ones and tell them…
…you love them.
…you care about them.
…how important they are to you.
…that you’re always there for them.
…and thank them for being there for you and loving you so well all the times they have.
And above all, always love your loved ones so very well and always be extra kind.
Because just like you have had hard times in life and you never shared it with your loved ones so they wouldn’t worry…
…the people you love most may be going through a hard time and you not even know it for the same reason.
So always, always, always be kind.
I’ve talked with many grievers who have such heartbreaking guilt and regrets after a loved one died…
…words left unsaid.
…words spoken that were unkind.
…last conversations that were less than ideal.
…texts/phone calls that were deliberately ignored.
…pride or embarrassment that kept families from truly working things out.
Nobody ever weighs the consequences of unkindness…until the time comes and you can’t undo it.
Also, children watch how parents behave and treat others. I’ve seen parents in deep grief after their children grew up and now treat the parents in similar ways they’ve seen them treat other family members and others. Character – whether good or bad – is more caught, than taught.
So starting today…
Love your family extraordinarily well…
Treasure those God has placed in your life…
…Choose to do better.
When their last breath or your last breath comes, you’ll know you intentionally treasured, loved, and treated each other with love, compassion, respect, and kindness…and gave the very best you absolutely could give.
Each day, your legacy of kindness is in the making. Make each day a great one worth remembering.
It could literally make all the difference in the world.💕
May all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving!🍂🧡🍂
Gratitude & many blessings,
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