Moment to moment we are constantly given a choice of how we respond to the world around us. How we decide to treat the stranger on the street, or the check out person at the store. Do we choose kindness and compassion, or abrasiveness and disdain?
Sometimes we get caught in the thinking that being kind to someone else who is not being kind to us only benefits them. That in some way, by us making the effort to respond consciously and from our hearts, that it makes us weak and means the other person is getting some advantage over us.
Nothing is further from the truth.
By coming from kindness and compassion, we are actually doing the best thing we can for ourselves. By not allowing the situation to dictate our emotional state, we gain further dominion over our own life, and empower ourselves to be more authentic.
It’s never about the other person. They are merely a reflective body showing us where we need to be more compassionate to ourselves. Being kind does not just benefit the other person, it benefits ourselves far more than we realize!