"Simple kindness to one's self
and all that lives,
is the most powerful
transformational force of all."
~ David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D~
I can really relate to this quote. If someone is having a bad day, and goes out into their neighborhood, community, city, represents their state, or country, and is having a bad day; it can affect anyone and everyone in that person's path.
Have you ever had a bad day, walking down the street or into a store, and some random person
walks past you, makes eye contact and gives you a big smile? Doesn't it lift you up?
It's like that axiom, "I takes one rotten apple to spoil the barrel". When I used to work at the Federal Bankruptcy Court, right after we declared war on Iran, we had lay offs every December, just before Christmas. Everyone was on edge and stressed out. Some employees
were having heart attacks, stomach problems, and all kinds of stress related illnesses, myself included.
I went to see my doctor, sure I had cancer from the symptoms I was having. The doctor told me it was all stress. "It's all in your attitude", she said. "I can prescribe a pill, but you can help yourself by not worrying about anything you cannot control." I thought about it and did my best to not participate in the "pot stirring" or "gossip". I got permission to write positive quotes on an dry erase board where everyone did their filing. I had so many co-workers tell me how much those quotes picked up their day....
It all starts with ourselves. Like the comment Sandie made on this quote, "We are to love others as we love ourselves". If we don't love ourselves, how can we love another, or show them any kindness?
Have you ever had a really horrible day, then saw a friend, who made you laugh and gave you a hug? It doesn't take much and does not cost anything. Simple kindness, goes a long way, for ourselves and others. It can be truly transforming...