Lately, social media has become a medium of comparison, envy harvesting itself in the successes (engagements/promotions/travel opportunities) of those around us. I’ve been having tough conversations with people about this – how we find our happiness in the measurement of how we are doing compared to the online personas of our peers.
I’m here to ask that we instead focus on our freedom. We are crafted, specifically, to love. We are wired, purposefully, to give. Let us be free to love and give, then, in the most radical and beautiful ways we can. Let us reflect on our lives and the ways that we are able to lift the burdens of our friends and family – even of strangers.
Love should be the root of our existence. Let’s let a spirit of kindness and faithfulness guide us into “paying it forward.”
Why not dedicate a portion of your time to the happiness of others? Perhaps, next time you’re in line for coffee, you could grab one for a friend who is stuck at work on the weekend.
Take every opportunity to deliver a bit of joy to someone’s day.
If you encounter someone on a regular basis, whether it be a security guard or bus driver or the receptionist at your workplace, I challenge you to gift them a genuine conversation and a smile.
If you find out that someone is struggling, dig deep into a way to help them. If monetary resources are holding you back from acts of kindness, use your words instead. Write letters to people you love that showcase how they have impacted your life in both large and small ways. use your thoughts to encourage the journeys of your peers rather than concentrate on how your own life measures up.
If you transform your heart into this others-first attitude, I promise that you will no longer be focusing on how your story is any better or worse than those around you. You WILL play a small part in changing our world – you will inspire kindness that will inspire kindness that will inspire kindness upon kindness. You will be genuinely happy, and you will be making others genuinely happy.
What more is there, truly?