Kindness that costs

Michael Lloyd-White, CEO of World Kindness USA, explores the definition of kindness in his upcoming TEDx talk, and it got me thinking.

Lloyd-White dismisses the acts of kindness we might perform for friends and loved ones because they don’t push us out of our comfort zone. Instead, he challenges us to find the time and the awareness to extend empathy and compassion to strangers or those we don’t hold with great affection.

So, how does this translate to the workplace? Where is generosity of spirit most needed in our places of business?

In my experience, it’s in the area of judgement. It’s so easy to judge a colleague’s behaviour or performance harshly when it’s rare we can have the full picture of what’s going on in his or her life, of what their challenges are or what their back story might be.

We get so caught up in our own view of the world that it’s easy to dismiss opportunities to offer a word or smile of encouragement to those who push our buttons yet it can make all the difference to someone’s day.

Big change happens with tiny steps.  Having the awareness and the discipline to catch ourselves when we’re judging another – either verbally or mentally – and then refraining from doing so, means putting our ego on the shelf and the well-being of someone else first. It’s a simple act of kindness we can all perform.  All it takes is generosity of spirit that can’t help but make the world, and our tiny part of it, a better place.

Love to you all, Just x

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