Kids can teach us many lessons. We just have to be open to those lessons and willing to accept wisdom from those who have less experience and fewer years than we do. One of the biggest lessons we can learn from kids is the lesson of kindness to our fellow man. Maybe you’ve had a random kid say hi to you in a store, or at a restaurant, or want to tell you all about the special thing that happened to them that day. It’s simply because they want to share the love. They want you to be as blessed as they feel. When we choose to ignore their efforts or treat them as less than significant, we slowly crush them. It’s no wonder that we can become boring people with little passion.
What can we do to fix that? We can choose to look for the little, special blessings in life. We can choose to look for the little gifts and blessings that come our way and see them as that, not just as part of our due for life. For example, being thrilled over the perfect parking spot, your partner wanting a date night, your kids wanting to read a story, your boss wanting to talk a project concept over with you, the free coffee in the mornings, or the joyful greeting your pet gives you each day.
When you choose to see those special moments as the opportunities to let kindness into your life, not only do you present hope for the next generation, you allow hope the opportunity to take root in your life as well. Today I invite you to open your arms to the softer side of life and see what you’re missing. Follow your kids around for a day, try to see the world as they see it, let them tell you their stories and open your mind to the possibility that there’s lots more to life than you first imagined.