You don’t always get what you give when it comes to kindness. Ouch. I just ripped that statement off like a Band-Aid…
No worries, there’s a silver lining…it doesn’t have to impact you in a negative way.
Is it frustrating to be treated like crap when you’re being kind to someone? Are there times when it feels as though there is a complete lack of justice in the world, especially when some seem to make it their life’s mission to make other people miserable by being mean, rude, or uncompassionate?
When our frustration stems from the inability of another person to return our kindness, than our kindness wasn’t given freely. It came with strings attached…strings of expectation. In fact, those individuals necessitate greater compassion, rather than frustration. It is incredibly sad when a fellow human being doesn’t have the capability to receive kindness.
Damage manifests many ways and although we are all damaged goods to varying degrees and crossroads, we are also each on a unique journey of learning and healing. There is no certain formula for the amount of time or circumstance required for a person to heal, to be healthy. Unfortunately, some damage runs too deep; intersections with connections never made, when a lifetime isn’t enough time to fix all the issues. This kind of hurt continues to haunt and spread pain. Healing is as complex and unique as a fingerprint.
Motivations for kindness are the key. Kindness isn’t something we give because we expect people to return it by treating us the same way. Kindness isn’t for show or a method for getting into Heaven. Kindness is just because. Because a kind person is the type of person we choose to be, regardless of circumstance. We strive to say with honesty that we treat everyone with kindness not because it makes us better than someone else, but just because it is in our power to do so; because we choose to put kindness out into the universe, just because we believe kindness matters.
A truly kind spirit is one that cares, loves, nurtures, and chooses to propagate kindness just because. Kindness is its own hope, with the capacity to soak into souls like a summer rain into parched earth. Let’s do ourselves and the world a favor and be a source of expectation-less kindness…
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