Article – Choose to Practice Kindness and Compassion

Choose to Practice Kindness and Compassion

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” — Kahlil Gibran, Writer

Often we have heard the phrases “Pay it forward” or “Carry out a random act of kindness”.  Some books and movies have beseeched us to act more humanely.  Surely not new concepts, since even the world’s oldest religions have at least one tenet endorsing compassion. The world would indeed seem a nicer place if everyone chose to be gentle, to be positive, to be empathic!

Not one of us will go through life without some disappointments, heartaches or challenges. Our perceptions of our own and of others’ experiences, however, are what will most impact our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  How we react or act is, more often than not, a choice.  Will you choose to come from a place of anger or bitterness, or hopefulness and acceptance; sadness or helplessness, or gratitude and empowerment; fear or avoidance, or surviving and thriving?  Whatever life brings you, you can choose to handle with loving, caring, understanding and acceptance.  Choose to have an optimistic, appreciative attitude to get you through each day.  Choose to confidently affirm yourself-for YOU are in charge of YOU!

  • By choosing to love yourself, you can choose to love others!
  • By choosing to be kind to yourself, you can choose to be kind to others!
  • By choosing to have compassion for yourself, you can choose to have compassion for others!

In this manner, you will be able to choose to give what you would like to receive and choose to treat others as you would like to be treated!

Idelle Newburge LMHC, NCC is a therapist at the Center of Psychological Effectiveness in Plantation, FL.