It’s Monday. What will you model to those who are watching you this week?
Pollyanna Principle #4 says that “Being the change we want to see” means walking the talk of our values.” Gandhi’s words do not tell us what to do to change the world; on the contrary, they tell us that it is how we be in the world that makes the biggest difference of all.
How we comport ourselves, the things we say – the things we think. If we say kind things, giving people the benefit of the doubt, we are being role models to those around us.
If our conversations come from a place of fear and separateness, if those words ripple into hatred, into bigotry and bullying – we are being role models to those around us then as well.
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As we consider moving past the intolerance that is growing everywhere around us, let’s aim towards our highest potential as a species – beyond mere “tolerance” and “inclusion.”
Let’s reach for kindness – embracing, nurturing, joyful kindness. Even and especially to those with whom we disagree.
“Hate never dispelled hate,” said the buddha. “Only love dispells hate.”
So teach love. Teach kindness. Teach it not with just your words, but with your whole being.
Because being the change we want to see means walking the talk of our values.
Have a great Monday, and a great week, all!
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