I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately. I see a trend in women where we are tearing each other down. I don't like it! We should be lifting each other up! A little kindness and compassion goes a long way.
I see women who choose to work after having kids feeling guilty for those choices, and I see women who chose to stay home with their children, feeling like they have to justify their choices. They are doing the best they can, with what they have, and making the best choices for their families! Just because someone chooses something different than what you have, doesn't make it wrong. It doesn't make your choice superior. It just makes it....different. Unique.
I have a little secret for you. We are all hot messes. Yep. You read that right. No one has everything together. You have seen me for years preaching exercise, healthy eating. Guess what? Some days I eat potato chips and chocolate. I don't feel guilty when I do it. I don't do it every day, but if I want potato chips I'm going to eat them! No guilt! Sure, there are people that won that lottery in the gene pool, but guess what? They have fears, insecurities, troubles and failures just like everyone else. It is part of being human.
One trend I have been seeing really bothers me. I see ladies trying to better themselves and people put them down. I don't get it. Does it make you feel better to crush someone's spirits? How about making someone feel good instead! Try it! I can guarantee you, you will feel better about yourself than you do by putting someone down.
My challenge for you today: Lift someone's spirits. Say a kind word to someone that you don't know. Do something nice for someone that is not expecting it. Smile at the strugging mama, hold the door and wait for the elderly gentlemen maneuvering the walker (without making them feel you are rushing them), tell a frazzled sales clerk to have a nice day and MEAN IT.
Kindness, let's pass it on!