“Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand, put a little love in your heart, and the world will be a better place; for you, and me, you just wait and see…”

— Jackie DeShannon

 

Sure go ahead and sing the song. It’s a great song.

When we, as compassionate people, see others suffering, we naturally want to find out what the sufferer might be feeling and how we can help and be of assistance to them.

When we feel overwhelmed with our own feelings of despair and doubt, our primary mission is to find out what we can do to help ourselves.

The answer to both situations is the same: kindness.

Acts of kindness can help you get up in the morning and get through your day. Sending someone a note of gratitude or just checking in with them can make all the difference in the life of one who feels a bit left out or marginalized. Giving and/or receiving a smile, allowing someone with fewer groceries to cut in line ahead of you, allowing your thoughts to drift to those who are struggling and sending them a little bit of love through the energetic airwaves—all of these random acts of kindness feed your own heart and soul, not because they make you feel “virtuous,” but because they are acts of loving connection.

In order to make that connection, however, we have to have enough “juice” to reach out to others. Sometimes helping ourselves first, although it sounds selfish and may be the opposite what we were taught as children, can be the best way of getting the energy to help others. In a well-worn example, when you ride in a plane, you’re instructed, if the cabin pressure changes and the oxygen mask drops down, to put your mask on first, so that you’ll be able to help those around you

We all need a bit if a lift every now and again. If you are in your own low-pressure zone, and feeling sad or ill, it’s so much more difficult to reach out to others. You may find yourself feeling sorry for yourself and wishing someone would reach out to you.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone to sympathize with and tend you, allow your heart to open in gratitude. If not, you can call on that same spirit with which you help others to help lift you out of your illness or depression, nourish your spirit and replenish your “kindness bank” so that it  can spill over and help others care for, love, and appreciate themselves.

Do you have the ability to be kind to yourself? Can you allow yourself the rest you need? Can you give yourself permission to replenish yourself with a good book, a bowl of soup, or even just a nap? There are many small gifts of kindness that you can give to yourself so that you can give of yourself to others.

Thank you for your many acts of random  kindness.

Many Blessings ~Melinda

www.melindaiversoninn.com

back to published articles

To get started, I invite you to apply for your complimentary Self-Healing Discovery Session with me where we can explore how best to empower you on your healing journey.

“The session you guided was life changing. Just the part where we looked at the place indecision was holding, love, joy, enlightenment, was extraordinary. Thank you.”

~ I. N., Windyville, MO

“You have an extraordinary gift for zeroing in on the core emotional and spiritual issues that most need addressing.”

~ C. M., Napa, CA

“Hi Melinda, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have had these headaches for 6 agonizing, frustrating, frightening months. I have spent hours and hours trying to clear them. You have saved my sanity. I am so thankful and grateful that you were there! Many hugs,”

~ Elizabeth, Foster City, CA

“Daniel here. Wow. Epic. It’s a brand new day here. Thank you. You were miraculous. I’m sure the first of many great adventures together!”

~ Daniel S. Sonoma, CA

“Feel great and laughing so much. [I] jogged this morning. I slept till 7:30 am. Wow. I haven’t done that for years. I want others to know what it is to live not just to exist in the world.”

~ S. Butterworth Aurora, Mo

“You have the great gift of moving me forward while allowing me to laugh at myself and the great and profound hilarity of it all. Thank you.”

~ S., Los Angeles, CA

“You have an extraordinary gift for zeroing in on the core emotional and spiritual issues that most need addressing.”

~ C. M., Napa, CA

“The session was nothing short of amazing. I continue to be amazed with my “new self” since our session. There have been numerous instances where the negative forces that used to shape my personality no longer seem to exist. In all the experience was beyond anything I would have expected.”

~ J. S., Florida