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It's that crazy time of year again when lists are made with often unachievable, sometimes downright ridiculous goals.
Three people I know have already decided on theirs. One friend has been eating through the Christmas food like there is a famine approaching so she can start a diet on January 1st, another has signed up to a gym but she doesn't want to actually start until New Year (although she has bought all the kit), and the third is "absolutely, definitely" going to give up smoking this year "for sure."
How often have you made a resolution only to break it and subsequently feel negatively about yourself? Why not try something different this year?
Although I don't really condone New Year's Resolutions (why delay feeling happy until you are thinner/ fitter/healthier etc?) if you want to make one, try this:
Yep, it really is that simple. Be kind to yourself. If you need to change your diet, improve your fitness, give up smoking etc by all means try. That's being kind to yourself. However, if it doesn't work out don't be hard on yourself. You are not a failure. Be kind.
Someone treating you not in a way you would choose to be treated? Be kind. You don't know what's going on with them, and you are not a mind reader so don't second guess. Everyone has his or her own story to tell and we all could benefit from some kindness, always.
You can be kind, to anyone, in any situation but most of all, remember to apply it to yourself. Kindness flows into gratitude which transmutes into love.
What more do we actually need?