This seems simple and expected, right? Are you kind to those around you? Strangers? Loved ones? What about to yourself?? Do you speak kindly to yourself (in your head, obviously… don’t want to scare anyone)? Do you encourage those around you more than you do yourself??
This past August we were in Rhode Island at a wedding, actually it was my sister-in-law’s wedding. The groom’s uncle, their officiant, included in his speech the reminder to be kind above all else. That instantly resonated with me. This is not something I have mastered, unfortunately. I am not always kind – to myself or to loved ones. When counseling patients it is often very surreal. Their discouragement with themselves often mirrors my own self-doubt, but I find it far easier to reassure them than to reassure my own woes. I know this is not a unique experience, but I always walk away with a reminder to be kinder because everyone is doing the best they can.
As we venture out on another week – remember to be kind.
Last night we had roast chicken with sautéed Italian squash for dinner. It was delicious as always. This is the recipe I use most for chicken: Engagement Chicken.