Kindness takes many shapes and forms…

Kindness takes many shapes and forms…

We talk a lot about the power of kindness, and how small and big acts of kindness can change the world. In our quest to be kind, we often start to imagine this being happy, fun, and easy things to do. You know, like sharing a compliment or buying a little gift, and when we start to get better, even doing something kind for ourselves. You wouldn’t be wrong. However, there’s another side to kindness and doing kindness. A kind of kindness which can be harder and more uncomfortable to get going – boundaries. Setting boundaries is a very important part of nurturing healthy relationships. We need these boundaries so that we can manage expectations, avoid conflict, and ensure that everyone involved feels heard and loved. Making and keeping these boundaries can be hard, because we don’t want to hurt people’s feelings by saying what is okay and not, and what we need and don’t need. We also sometimes find it hard to see ourselves as deserving of having our boundaries respected. So, here’s the challenge – do kind this week by setting and keeping some boundaries that more important to you. Boundaries can be applied in different spaces and in different relationships, like home, play, work, and self. When having the hard conversation or sending the hard text, imagine this action as kind and respectful for you and the other person. This is kindness. Love, Jane and Paul xxx

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