Friday, September 28, 2012

Try a Little Kindness

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Kindness should be, and often is, contagious.  As parents we try to teach our kids to be kind, to not hurt feelings, to always be thinking of the other person.  And when we smile at someone, that kindness often gets passed on, and on, and so forth.


But being kind to YOURSELF should be contagious, too.


There are times when I wonder if what I'm doing in The Grand Scheme of Things is a waste of time, and I know there are tons of you out there who wonder the same things yourself as you push yourself to the limit.  Perfection absolutely cannot be achieved so let's let that little issue and worry go to the wayside, m'k?  And even if things in life always seem to plod along and always be the same, I challenge you that they're not.


Last night I lay in bed thinking I'd wasted a day (again), but when I got right down to it and started listing the things I HAD gotten done, the list was pretty decent.  And I don't mean heroic things like made 10,000 cupcakes for the bake sale and sewed my own clothes for the next day and cleaned my entire house with a toothbrush (that's next week's list).


Kindness to yourself should be top-of-the-list, written in big bold letters.  Even though it's not a little thing on the list, it's a doable thing on the list, and one we so often forget to do.




Take care of yourself.



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

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20 comments:

  1. Excellent advice Lori! If only being our own biggest fan came as easily as being our own worst enemy. But you're right ... I AM awesome! And so are YOU! =)

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  2. And I think that often being kind to yourself makes it easier to be kind to others. When we're happy with ourselves, that happiness can spread more easily.

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  3. I was just going to comment "well said"...but Lola said it even better: "if only being our own biggest fan came as easily as being our own worst enemy". This is a great post today...and timely for me. Thank you for the reminder.

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  4. Lori...ho did you know? Sometimes we beat ourselves up so badly for what we didn't do or for what our "friends" didn't do instead of looking at what we (and they) did do, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at the time. Thanks for your note of enouragement to self!

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  5. I agree!!
    Have a great weekend.

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  6. A sentiment that is well worth repeating. We are always our own harshest critic.

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  7. Such good advice. Often as a wife and mother, I put everyone else first and am not as kind to myself as I should be.

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  8. I am very hard on myself most days.. thank you for the advice.. Hope you are feeling better.

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  9. So true, and a great lesson to model and teach our children. If we don't show them that it's important to care for ourselves as well as others, how can we expect them to care for themselves when they're grown?

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  10. You keep reminding me to keep things in perspective! For that there are not enough thank yous!

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  11. I like to make a gratitude list when I'm feeling down/sick.I always feel so blessed afterward! I always enjoy reading your blogs!
    Dyanne

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  12. What an important post. thank you for reminding me to lighten up on myself and be kind to me :) Love what you said, what Lola said, and what Dyann said! Rampages of appreciation are awesome -- like your list, Lori, helping you to see all you had done! I so needed this kindness today -- thank you for your post.

    namaste,
    rita

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  13. Hope you read this daily to yourself:)

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  14. I will admit, this is something I really need to work on. I have no problem being kind to others-That's second nature to me. To myself however, I can be pretty harsh o.O

    Thank you for this very truthful reminder!

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  15. As usual... a wonderful post. I thought the pic of you at ArtBliss was fabulous! Sounds like a fun weekend... some year (I hope)! Be well ~~T

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  16. Thank you for remind me about this matter =)

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  17. Lori,

    You truly are inspired... you always seem to post what I need when I need it and you inspire me to be the best me possible. Please as you have these revelations and share them with us keep them imprinted upon your own heart so you never forget the valuable woman/being you are. *Hugs*

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  18. Thank you for this little reminder Lori, because I have been totally off lately not seeming to accomplish much of anything. I know I am getting things done but my house is a disaster, I seem to be behind on everything and I am like so many others my harshest critic. I needed this lovely reminder! How can we get rid of the perfectionist bug!

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  19. Thanks for being a voice for many people. We don't always have to be the Girl Behind the Smile. <3

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  20. So true! It's funny I was just talking to my husband about this topic. It's when we love ourselves that we are able to most love others.

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