Whilst 'Motivational Monday' was only ever meant to be a short term February Feature, I quite enjoy writing it, so decided to carry it on a little longer. Wonder if we'll make it to #10!?
Last week was hard. Very hard. After weeks of of deliberating what was best, with the support of family and friends and the advice of vets, we put our much loved cat Mindy to sleep. She was very old and living with a great many health problems and everybody told me it was the kindest thing to do for her. It didn't feel kind though. It felt hateful and cruel and wrong.
I didn't like having power over someone's life like that. I felt like I was playing God and making decisions that were not mine to make. But, when it came to the choice of giving her a dignified peaceful end or letting her live out her last days in pain and misery, I knew which option was right.
Often times I think that people with the labels, 'Kind' and 'Gentle' are thought of as 'meek' and 'mild'. This is not the case. It is often the right behaviour to be kind but not always the easy behaviour. It can take a lot of strength to be kind and gentle when you may well be feeling quite the opposite.
Next time you feel yourself seeing red over something small or you feel like going gaga at the woman who nabbed your parking space when you were clearly indicating for it, take a moment and breath. Choose kind. It may not be easy and it will take guts, but ultimately, it is the right path to take and in the long run, you won't regret it.
Do you think you will choose to be a little more gentle or a little kinder today? How will you make those changes?
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