This morning I went to work, and I was telling someone, “I want to be a kindness coach”. I gave my normal pitch about “we need more bright spots in the world, kindness is a fruit of the Spirit” all these wonderful things.
Later on in the day, I “lost my kind”. It was a conference call, regarding a project that hasn’t gone the way it should. (Sounds like your day at work too?) It was so bad, I ended up having a slice of pie for lunch.
You know, it wouldn’t be so bad except here I am, talking about kindness….and boom! I lost my cool. (I apologized)
So I get home tonight, and I’m looking for some good news to spread cheer and I’m reading an article about “Imposter Syndrome” here’s the link. If you don’t know what Imposter Syndrome is, this is when you feel like you’re not good enough, qualified, a phony. Are you like that too? So that nagging little voice says, “You’re not qualified to teach people about kindness. You were a little salty on a conference call today.”
BUT THEN – I read this lovely article about a young man in South Carolina. He was saving his money for a family trip to Disney World, instead he used the money for people leaving Florida because of the hurricane. He prepared hot dogs, chips, water and prayers. When I read of the effort Jermaine Bell made to take care of travelers in distress, he made my heart jump for joy. At 6 years old he said, “You know what? I’m sharing what I’ve got.” Here’s the link to the article that touched my heart. What an amazing act of generosity and kindness.
Ya’ll – I’m just an imperfect person, and as much as I try to spread kindness , there will be days I don’t shine so bright, but those are the days people like Jermaine Bell show up and just brighten up my days.
I’m hopeful that Jermaine’s kindness is repaid in ways he could not imagine. The world needs teachers of kindness. We also need encouragement and cheerleaders on the day when we’re not at our best.
Thank you Jermaine! You turned this frown upside down.