It feels like the world has been morally burning these past few weeks. From the elation of Inauguration Day, we've all had to climb down from our hopes of some immediate transformation of the populace. We've instead found that those of us who felt joy are even more vulnerable to feeling the pain of recent acts of hatred.
I once had the opportunity to thank an old teacher, years later, for saying something that had changed my life. He had no memory of the occasion. Yet my life was forever altered by what he had said -- altered for the better. Many of you may have also had that experience -- being thanked for something that in your mind was trivial, but in the thanker's mind was huge.
One form of kindness that is not obvious is setting good boundaries in life. Like the old quote about good fences making good neighbors, clear (but not overly rigid) definitions help in our personal, professional and community relationships. Boundaries let people know what to expect, what not to expect and what is expected of them. They help us adjust and calibrate our behavior.
We recently had an issue with our local utility company. The issue was them being unreasonable. Their issue with me was that I didn't want to pay them more money that I currently don't have. Let me explain:
I feel like a bit of a hypocrite right now.
I feel like I don’t deserve all the nice things you said about me in your comments on this post.
The stuff about me having such a big heart and being so caring: it sounds lovely and oh-so-seductive to my ears, but I’m not sure it’s true.
A few weeks back I wrote about resolutions and how I think they are just part of our genetic makeup: what I didn’t reveal was the quiet resolution that I made for myself.
Yes, I am serious about doing this. But quietly, and with no small sense of shame, I also made another resolution.
"You, yourself as much as anybody in the Universe, deserves your love and affection."
Today, be nice to yourself, truly be kind to yourself, in words, actions, thoughts and in what you are exposing yourself to.
Claudia Blanton is a Motivational Coach, and Fundraiser. For more information on individual coaching sessions contact her directly at 813 - 531 - 8379 or via Email at ClaudiaBlanton@livingpossibilites.com
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