Kindspirations

Love the Broken Ones

Today’s kindspiration comes in the form of a song.

It’s called “Broken Ones” by Jacquie Lee.

Sometimes it can be difficult to focus on being kind and sending love out into the universe when we ourselves are hurting. Our pain is a part of us, after all.

But if there’s one lesson my mother has heavily enforced for as long as I can remember, it’s that someone is always feeling more alone and more broken than you are. And not in a way that “your pain doesn’t matter because it’s not as bad,” oh no, this lesson comes with the challenge to find that person who’s feeling worse than you are, and shower them with love.

As a 98% introvert (I’ve taken the tests, I know for sure), I tend to enjoy blending into the background and observing more than participating, although it depends. But this gives me a golden opportunity to be able to really clearly find the person feeling the most left out. It’s like a reflex now to find them, go up to them, and be there. Sometimes I strike up a conversation and we become fast friends, and other times we merely introvert as a team and silently sit together.

We all deal with pain in different ways. Whether we blast sad songs on repeat, drown our sorrows in Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food (no? Just me? Fine…), or just simply shut everyone else out and draw ourselves inward, it’s something we all go through.

So the challenge for today’s kindspiration is to listen to the song, read the lyrics, and take them to heart. And then, start finding the broken ones in your life. Channel your own pain into kindness and love that you can shower on them.

In my experience, there’s no better remedy for my own sadness than giving love to someone else.

Bask in the power of kindness.

Let it inspire you today.

“BROKEN ONES”

Kindspirations

“On kindness”

One of my favorite websites that I can easily get lost in is zenpencils.com

If you haven’t heard of the site that houses beautifully illustrated versions of “quotes from inspirational folks,” you’ve probably at least seen one or two of the comics somewhere in your web-browsing.

All of the comics are a joy to read, and plenty of them bring more than just one tear to your eye (i.e., I usually dissolve into a sobbing mess if I spend too much time there). But it’s a good cry. It’s the kind of cry you get when that part of your brain that finds faith in humanity gets triggered.

Cartoonist Gavin Aung Than talks a little about how he started the site in the “About” section, and there’s even a cool 6-minute video all about him and his Zen Pencils story.

But while I of course recommend digging in and reading all the comics from the site that you can and doing all of that joyous background research, that’s mostly the dramaturg in me speaking, and I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

I bring up Zen Pencils today because of comic #118: a Roger Ebert quote entitled “On kindness,” and it is the subject of today’s “kindspiration.” What is your kindness inspiration challenge?

Below the comic is a tidbit from the cartoonist himself where he talks a little about Ebert and his life, and again, it’s fascinating and I recommend it no doubt, but if nothing else, follow the link below, read the comic, and let the message speak for itself.

Bask in the power of kindness.

Let it inspire you today.

“ON KINDNESS”