A young audience member shared her New Year’s resolution and it was to be kind to others. She thought it was important to be nice to people but it is more important to be kind to them. I like to create a theme for the year (rather than a New Year’s resolution). Two years ago my theme was “kindness”. ( I am still working on this year’s, stay tuned!)

Within our businesses and roles at work: I love the words “don’t worry” and I use them a lot. When a client doesn’t get back to me in time, when I wait too long for a supplier to delivery my materials and they respond with an empathetic sorry, I always say “don’t worry”. I like those words they cut people some slack.

With staff and coworkers: I love the quote, “Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.” I can’t tell you how many times employees will point out to me “the annoying one” or “the weird one” in their workplaces. Just be kind. Sometimes we have no idea of their story. My grama said, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Strangers: In one week in two separate presentations, I had an audience member share with me that when they are having a bad day one of the best ways for them to feel better is when someone does something kind for them. A small gesture – paying for someone’s coffee in the drive through, leaving money in the shopping cart or letting a car in while driving.

Your family: When I travel, I like to leave lists for my family to get done while I am away. I can get really focused on those lists being done. I have been guilty of sitting in airports texting the lists again to be sure everyone is caught up. That is not a kind way to say hi to my family. Now I just text and say hi, I love them and appreciate them. Then I pray for the lists to be done. J

Yourself: Be kind to you. Take care of yourself. Drink your water, eat your veggies, exercise and get your sleep. If you are not kind to you first, you cannot be kind to anyone else.

Let’s look for more opportunities to be kind in 2018. You just might make someone’s day.

Happy New Year!

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