As the year comes to an end and we reflect over the past year many of us consider the things that we would really like to change in our lives, it maybe to lose those extra kilos, drink less wine, eat more veggies or take that evening class that has been delayed for years. There is one resolution that is probably not on our lists, and it should be, it's a small change but it can make our lives and the lives we touch substantially better. In 2012 resolve to be kinder.
" Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia
Here is a list of 10 ways that we can be the change we would like to see in the world.
Give - Be generous with your time; invite that stressed mum to go through the check-out before you , let that car in during peak hour traffic , say " you first " more often.
Listen - Listen attentively to the chatter of the kids as they run in from school, to the stories of others, to the elderly lady next door who wants to share the pleasure of her new roses
Grow - Plant a tree that produces food for the birds to eat, work with the local Land-care, get a plot at the community veggie garden.
Smile!- at the bus driver, the girl in the lift, the man you walk past when walking the dog, your kids , workmates, strangers.
Praise - Give positives and encouragement often and sincerely
Respect - Offer tolerance for difference often and sincerely
Share - Your knowledge, your skills, your home , your possessions, your feelings are all valuable tools for others to use in their lives.
Care - Take a little more time to act for the planet: don't forget the shopping bags, do turn off the computer, read manufacturers labels to see if the products are made in an environmentally friendly way, choose fair-trade coffee and tea.
Speak - Take an active part in getting those in power to be more compassionate. Send emails to politicians, offer support for causes close to your heart, be outspoken when you encounter injustice.
Hug - Often
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