(This post is the first post in the Pretty Awesome Kindness 101 series.)
Over six weeks ago, one of my post about kindness was published in Tiny Buddha.
That is, hands down, one of the best piece of essay I’ve ever written — all thanks to Lori for being a great mentor and giving me the opportunity to be featured in one of the best self-development blogs in the world.
If you haven’t had the chance to read it, here’s the link.
That aside, today I am utterly excited to announce that I will be starting a Kindness series. We will talk about it in a whole lot of setting, kindness in the gym, kindness to someone who is trying to be healthy for the first time, or even a kindness challenge. Haven’t looked into the last one yet but I always love a good challenge! :)
To kick off the series, we’ll look at the importance of being kind. Basic, yet fundamental. As spoken by John Cassis, it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Let’s get that into us, shall we?
See, we live in a world surrounded by people. Sometimes we meet those who do not leave a good impact. Other times we meet those who bring a great deal of positivity and happiness into our lives. And for the latter few, no matter how many of those we can count with one hand, we ought to celebrate it.
I want you to know this — whatever we put into the universe we get it back. We can call it karma, getting what comes around or reaping what you sow. I believe that every religion, school of thought and culture, agrees on the same thing. If we’re nice to others, it will come back to us. If we show compassion to the world, it will come back to us. If we show empathy to people, it will, indeed, come back to us. Such is life.
When I left my job at the travel agent because I was dissatisfied with it, I will never forget the people who helped me through it. The old Chinese lady, Mrs. Chan, who walked into the office on my last week at work saying things like — “And if life hits you hard one day, remember you made the effort to pursue your dreams. You made memories. And you chased after what you loved the most. You will be okay.” My parents for being selfless in supporting everything I choose to do, even if they don’t understand it. A good set of people around me whom I call friends that genuinely care.
They didn’t have to do it, and no, they didn’t have to be there for me, putting themselves out there to lend a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on when I needed it. But they did it anyway.
That is why when someone, a friend, a new blogger or even a stranger, needs a word of advice, an encouragement or just a set of ears to listen, I’ll give it to them as much as I can.
That is why I pour my whole heart into this blog and listening to you should you send me an email and trying as much as I can to reach out even before you asked for help.
I’m not particularly expecting anything back from anyone, but the Law of Paying It Forward commands it. I’m simply following it through like an excellent recruit.
Another reason why we should aim to be kind?
Everyone can practise kindness. It has the power to change lives, the power to create happiness, and the power to make this world we live in a better place. It’s addictive, and it spreads like wildfire — a notion I never understood until I see it right before my eyes.
You. The readers of Pretty Awesome Fitness. I’ve never met you and yet you do things for me that no amount of ‘thank yous’ in this world is enough. You guys have been a pretty awesome bunch, so generous with kind words that I am focused in bringing things back for you. It’s because of you that life, which can be ugly, and downright sour at times, is a beautiful place that we should all embrace more often. And it’s because of you that I feel like smiling every time I write, every time I do a workout, every time I cook a healthy meal, even if there is nothing to smile about.
And to you who is reading this, do not forget the importance of kindness and what it can bring to your life. You don’t need a reason to be kind. Pick the nicest flower and give it away. Hold the door for someone in the office. Teach someone how to do a proper squat. Even genuinely say thanks to the barista who makes your coffee, or the receptionist at the gym counter for being in your life is enough.
Even if you gain nothing out of it, do it because it is the right thing to do.
And if someone was kind to you like Mrs. Chan was in my life, do not take it for granted. Say thank you and spread it over, there and then. The perfect moment is now. We all need people around us. And there’s every reason to celebrate kindness every day of our lives.
Tell me: What random act of kindness do you plan to do today? Or tomorrow? Leave a comment below. I appreciate you.
I’m excited to begin our Kindness series. Let’s see where this will take us.
I appreciate you all, Pretty Awesomes.
Have a fabulous, healthy weekend.
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