I know you recently watched a movie with a line that tugged at your heartstrings. It went something like this:
You is kind
You is smart
You is important
I saw your eyes tear up in the theater. Those words resonated with you for some reason. Maybe you need someone to tell you more often that you are infinitely important. That your ideas are intelligent and worthwhile.
They are and you are.
But, please don't gloss over the magic of those first words.
You is kind.
Are you, actually, kind?
Do you give a heartfelt thank you to your partner or your assistant for the innumerable things they do for you on a daily basis?
Do you pause a moment to give a sincere compliment before providing feedback on an important work project?
Do you think about the way you speak to your child before responding to their questions?
Do you ooze love from your entire being?
My honest answer?
I just scanned through my recent outgoing emails and text messages and found very little kindness. I thought back to my recent interactions with the people I love most and didn't find a lot of true kindness. I considered a recent email from my boss with valid and necessary feedback on work I poured my heart and soul into. Her email stung because it wasn't enveloped in kindness.
I know we can do better.
We are kind
We are smart
We are important
and I think it's high time we started acting that way.
This is my motto:
Will you join me in making it yours?