poetry via shel silverstein
“the only way we will survive is by being kind. the only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. no one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” -amy poehler, yes please
the bible tells us to love our enemies and to do good and expect nothing in return in the book of luke in chapter six. if we do this, our reward will be so great and wonderful. but it's not a physical reward. serving and loving others and showing kindness to everybody we meet does not automatically drop a ten dollar bill into your bank account. while that would be awesome and much needed by us broke college kids and would probably encourage a lot more people to be nicer, that's not what love is about. love and kindness are about doing without expecting anything in return.
but sometimes that can be hard. sometimes people are mean and rude and every negative word you can think of. sometimes you feel too busy to help somebody out, even though it would take maybe only five minutes of your time. other times, you're the one who woke up on the wrong side of the bed and every possible thing is going wrong. sometimes, like most young adults in this world, you're convinced you don't have enough money to give to somebody who needs it way more than you do, even though you probably spent $5 on a coffee this morning on the way to work or school. regrettably i can admit to the fact that i've done all of these things a countless amount of times. but after every opportunity i had to share love with someone and i didn't do it for a minuscule reason, i never left that situation feeling good about myself. we need to start ignoring these irrelevant reasons to be selfish and try our hardest to live out our days in conscious and meaningful love.
honestly, i absolutely love doing little random things for people throughout the day and i'm trying to do it more and more every chance i get. whether it be trying my best at work to make a person's latte beautifully instagram-worthy or complimenting one of my classmates on his shoes or on her awesome grade on an assignment. doing these things for people and saying these things to people brings me so much happiness. maybe it's just because i love the thought that i could've changed the way somebody's day was going with just one thing. one thing that isn't even that hard for me to do! small things can make a difference, never forget that.
it really isn't that difficult to show kindness and spread some love around. we could all use a little bit more pleasantness on this monday as we go back to our desks in class or our cubicles at the office. try to be aware of your actions today and make sure that they reflect the kind of world that you want to live in. little acts of kindness can go such a long way. who knows? you could even change a few lives.
be like the sunshine you desperately wish the weather was currently giving to you.
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