Taking Kindness for Granted.
The whole point of this Kindness Challenge is to bring to light the thoughts and actions of being kind to others; having it be something you do automatically without being prompted or thinking, "What's in it for me." And a lot of the times where kindness is taken for granted is right under our noses... in our own home.
Sure, your home is your castle and you look forward to get into the secure confines of the draw bridge and just relax and be comfortable. And it is easy to unleash the trouble of the day on those we love most, knowing that they are going to love us anyway. But even those who love you unconditionally, need to be loved and respected in return.
Something as simple as coming in the door and dropping your book bag, lunch bag, shoes... or whatever on the floor or couch instead of putting it where it belongs. You are assuming that someone else is going to come along behind you and take care of.
Say you had a bad day at work and you come home and snap at your wife or children. You don't mean anything by it, but you never apologize and you continue on with your foul attitude for the rest of the evening. Your family members did nothing to contribute to your bad day... and yet, they are feeling the brunt of it.
Remember how we talked about simple acts of kindness being nothing more than kind words or small actions? They don't always need to take place outside the home. In fact, they should start in side the walls of your castle. Tell your wife that she looks nice. Tell your husband things you appreciate about him. Help your mom fix dinner- without being threatened or conditioned. Help your sibling pick up her toys. Leave notes, bring home gifts, do a little extra. The payoff is... amazing. You will become closer and your bonds will be tighter and the household will be happier.
Leave the negative things that happened in your day outside the front door and walk through that door with an attitude of love and gratitude.
What kind things have you done for your family today? What things can you do in the future? How can you show more love to the people you live with? Please share your comments below.
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Elizabeth Bourgeret is a teen-life coach and Christian fiction author. She is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop.