"Just as our acts of kindness can create good effects in the world around us and abroad, so too can our acts of negativity and unthoughtful ways"
Everything you do matters. Everything you don't do matters. Each choice, each form of action and non-action has it's effects. Whether these effects are good or bad depends on you. A simple smile can truly change someone's life. You never know what someone is going through at any given moment, or how they will react to your actions or lack thereof, and although we cannot save the world every single second of our lives, we sure can do our best not to make it any harder for others and ourselves.
It takes a conscious effort on our part to act in kindness towards others and even courage and strength to show kindness towards people who can be difficult to deal with. However, it is in our best interest to practice this kindness each and every day, hour, and moment. The more beauty we send out into the world, the more beautiful our own world becomes. The kinder we are to others, the kinder others will be to the people in their own world, and so on.
Just as our acts of kindness can create good effects in the world around us and abroad, so too can our acts of negativity and unthoughtful ways, which can be hurtful, whether intentional or non-intentional. This is why it is so important to remain conscious of our thoughts, feelings, actions and the way we handle all of them. We need to study our emotions and behavior patters and try as best we can to cultivate our best selves. We have to remember that our feelings aren't the only feelings that matter in the world. And that we are effective in this world whether good or bad, whether we like it or not. There is no avoiding this. There are only two options, and that is to be either a positive effect or a negative one.. the choice is always ours.
“Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time --affecting lives unknown to the one who’s generous spirit, was the source of this good echo. Because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage, years later, and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil.” ― Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye
We all have bad days, and can sometimes make some decisions that cause unfavorable outcomes for ourselves and for others. For instance, maybe we were a little short with someone at home because our minds were elsewhere, stressed out and thinking of work or money, unaware and not attentive to our family's needs. This can be very hurtful and can change an entire family's atmosphere and evening together. With conscious effort, however, we can try our best to avoid this the next time we have a hectic day. We can learn to take responsibly for our actions and take care to de-stress before we get home, giving our family the undivided love and attention they need and deserve.
Most of the time we can overcome these negative set backs with little to no effort. When we notice these little setbacks we can use them to learn from and practice consciousness in the next moment.
There will be times when we have to make certain choices whether for ourselves, our children, employees, etc. that we know will be difficult and effect others but cannot or simply will not avoid. In this case, it is often the fact that it isn't so much what we do, but how we do it (unless, of course, we are acting completely immoral in any way, shape or form). We can face challenging situations like these with caution, consideration, respect, and love for other people's feelings to make sure that we are making the best possible effort to be kind. We should not be selfish when making decisions that involve other people's lives. We should always take time to consider the feelings and possible outcomes that our decisions may have on other people.
Although we may not always be able to avoid causing pain and suffering while making certain choices and decisions, we can certainly conduct ourselves in an honorable and honest manner that the people involved can respect. Maintaining good moral conduct is key in every situation, and can be the difference in how your actions will effect others no matter how unpleasant the decision is. People will respond better to a negative situation if it is handled respectfully, and ultimately, so will the ripple effect of your actions.
"It takes less time to do a thing right, than to explain why you did it wrong." ~Henry Wedsworth Longfellow
"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. "
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