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.
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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