Psalm 108:1-6(7-13). For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens.--Meditation for May 26,2012
Kindness costs nothing. Why do I find it so difficult to give a kind word, a kind thought, or a kind deed? Why am I always in so much of a hurry that I cannot stop to smile and speak, to lend a helping hand. This constant rush of life is getting in the way of my kindness.
Listening, really listening, is one of the kindest acts in the world--not listening while I check my phone for messages or go over my to-do list in my mind. Again, I am in a rush to get on to the next thing.
The constant rush is the culprit, but the rush is my own creation. I have made it up in my mind. I have made myself so busy that I have convinced myself that I need to be constantly moving, going and doing things…unspecified things that must be done, or so I think. I makeup lists and feel unsure of myself if I do not have a list.
It is time to just stop and BE. In that BE-ing I shall contemplate loving-kindness and look for ways to show the love and kindness of God in my own daily life. Instead of signing up for one more volunteer hour, I will focus on slowing down and smiling.
I am guilty of this rush in my job as well. I try to cover as much information as I can, but I often lose a few students in that rush. Slowing down for them will allow me to show more kindness to all of my students.
Rushing around makes me think I am important, or worthy, or special in some strange way, but it really just makes me shallow and distant from others.
The work will always be there. The fun will always come along. No need to rush to make it get here faster.
Today I will slow down and smile. I will have real conversations with those people who touch my life today. I will stop and pick up the piece of litter and throw it away. I will share the loving-kindness of God with those around me. Peace.