Almost all religions and every culture in the world have one thing in common. They teach kindness as a virtue. In their own way, they teach this ‘golden rule’.
It is unfortunate that we have complicated our lives so much today that we find it easier to become afraid and prejudiced because of religion or skin color. We are going backwards not forwards in our thinking. I truly feel that 99% of the worlds people, regardless of the color of their skin or religion, truly want to do the right thing. However, we are being swayed by the 1% who think differently.
Due to a few we are labeling the many. Given the chance most people want to be kind when given the opportunity. By being prejudice and afraid we are not being at peace with ourselves.
How can we have peace in the world if we cannot be at peace with ourselves first? This is where it all starts. With you. If you want to make a difference, you start with yourself. Ask yourself. Am I disabling peace and love in the world by labeling other people? By being prejudice and/or afraid because of their religion, culture or the color of their skin?
Let me ask you this: If you were blind and deaf but otherwise a very healthy vibrant human being, what would it matter the color of skin your friends had, or language they spoke with each other or religion their family practiced?
Love comes from within and radiates out. It is like a beacon of light. In order for your light to shine and help bring peace to the world you first have to make peace within yourself. How?
1. By giving Gratitude every day
2. Being kind to your neighbor
3. Paying it Forward
Three simple things that in no time will be second nature to you.
The great English writer, Aldous Huxley, was a pioneer in the study of philosophies and techniques to develop human potential. In a lecture toward the end of his life, he said this:
“People often ask me…what is the most effective technique for transforming their lives?”
He then said, “It’s a little embarrassing that after years and years of research, my best answer is just be a little kinder.”
This is the paradox of the power of kindness. It doesn’t feel powerful at all. In fact, it almost feels too simple to be important. But as Huxley said, it is the #1 thing that can transform your life.
How can that be? Because simply put, kindness is the foundation of a good heart and with a good heart…a good life will follow.
~~Mac Anderson, Founder, Simple Truths
We have all learned about kindness and loving your fellow-man back in school. Somewhere it was lost. Let’s try to find it again!