I came across this poster for sale at a local store in Polson, Montana on Thursday (see above).
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
What an important and lovely verse to carry with us on our path of developing values and in our tool bag of practices. Too often, we set our life up to be happy, to be content, to be full of gratitude later on, at some undisclosed date in the future. We hinge our happiness on acquiring something or someone or some experience that isn’t happening in the here and now. What if instead of tomorrow or next week or next year being the best time we can envision, it was today? Game changer.
Over the past two days, I’ve had three encounters with strangers that prompted this writing I penned this morning:
even when it’s counter-intuitive –
especially when it’s counter-intuitive.
Rally kindness when you don’t feel like it;
when a situation seemingly calls for its opposite;
when it’s hard as hell to do it.
in body, speech, mind,
and in spirit.
Rally kindness so that it becomes
the lens through which you see the world;
so that it becomes the soles of your shoes
and the air you breathe, in and out.
If we choose not to rally kindness –
and yes, it is a choice –
amid challenging times with difficult people,
we will never stand a chance
of growing a garden of love and inclusiveness,
to cover the world over.