The Civility Experiement

Kindness has always been something I've had to work at. I guess you can say that about anything. Patience. Love. Respect. Tolerance. Compassion. You get the picture. They're all things most of us have to work for. But for me, kindness has been my struggle. And something I have to work extra hard at. I have too much sass in me, and it's not always a good thing.

I often times wonder, as a female species, the species that is supposed to be patience, kind, loving, full of charity blah blah blah, why it's something I never felt like I was good at. Hello?! Is it hard to be nice, of course not. Wasn't I supposed to be born with these innate qualities? So, why the struggle? Because I'm human. A human who isn't very teachable most of the time.

One would think that after 25 years of being taught valuable lesson after lesson, I'd be a kindness pro by now. Unfortunately, I'm still in the minor league, waiting to advance and go big. It seems like every 28 days or so, I'm back at home plate, striking out time and time again. It's a rather lovely time of the month around our house. Thank goodness life doesn't have a three strikes your out rule. I would have been out years ago.

I love this video. I love it's message. I love that lately, I've been on the receiving end of others kindness. And I'll tell you what, when I'm not always deserving of that kindness, it's like a slap in the face and really does make me want to be kinder to everyone around. So, here's a little pick me up to get you through your Wednesday. Cliche or not, kindness really does go a long way.


Lindsay said...

I totally am in the same boat as you. I may not be as "sassy" to people's faces (not saying that you are) but my thoughts towards someone can be pretty judgemental. It is something that I really have to work on as well. It is a DAILY thing for me.

JazznJenna said...

Kindness is a very mysterious talent. Sometimes, only in moments, I feel like I've got it down. Especially if someone pays me a random compliment about some service I may have done--then my head gets big and I think I've got it mastered. Other times, I feel so crazy-lacking of it, I wonder if there's an ounce of it anywhere in my body. I love opportunities for kindness though, and I always appreciate reminders to take those opportunities and "choose what Jesus would do". So, thanks for the post. Hopefully I can do more kind things today than I would have done otherwise. I'll keep trying, at least.

julz said...

This is great! Thanks Amy!

Cynthia Lovell said...

That brought tears to my eyes. Great Post!

Christyn Caryn said...

So i went to the Giants game last night and had the BEST time! Thanks for the advice! Loved it and will hopefully go to more games!