I admit it, as awesome as I am – yes, I’m pretty awesome – I still have moments where I want to flip someone the bird or act ugly. I know you probably weren’t expecting me to say that, but let’s just get real for a moment. No one is perfect all the time.

That being said, recently I’ve had my fill of being all nice, nice and people taking it for granted. I mean really!! Who wants to hold a door open for someone who refuses to open their mouth and walks in behind you looking like a prune, mouth pursed up and frowning? I mean, would it actually kill them to say “Thank you?” Well, it might. LOL Some people wouldn’t know kindness if it walked up and bit them on the nose.

Or, how about the person who goes to turn down an aisle at the same time as you and gives you the stink eye instead of saying “Thank you” when you motion for them to go first? Yup, I’m pretty sure some of you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The thing is, it doesn’t really matter. I was feeling like a bratty kid. I wanted to start being as ugly to people as they were to me. Yet the little innocent voice inside me keeps speaking up and reminding me: “It’s not about them. It’s all about you.” Sharing kindness, while it does benefit the person who receives it, is first and foremost for you. It’s a beautiful, sweet and heartwarming experience that resonates inward and then overflows outward.

So even though you probably thought I was going to tell you to kick the next person who’s ugly to you in the shin, I’m not. I’m reminding you to stand up and keep sharing your light with the world. It’s needed!

Originally written for and featured on Kind Over Matter blog:

Feeling like a brat, yet still choosing kindness

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