This I Believe…
Admission. I wrote this after listening to This I Believe podcasts on NPR and reading the book, This I Believe. I was inspired by what I heard and read and wanted to submit my own essay. The submission requirements at the end of the book said to be brief, have a title and talk about what you DO believe, not what you DON’T. Then I realized they are no longer accepting submissions. Maybe because blogging and social media is the new way to share. I’ll bite. Below is what flowed when pen met paper for, This Mary Beth Believes;
Kindness is always the answer
I grew up a Baptist preachers daughter. There were many things I was taught to believe in. I have to share a secret. I don’t believe in many of them today. Life’s experiences have humbled me and taught me how much I really don’t know. A lot of lessons regarding how much I still don’t know about what actually helps people and how to leave this world a better place than I came into it.
But, I do believe in the power of kindness. When you don’t know what another person is going through, when you don’t know what to say, when you feel completely helpless and defeated in your own life, kindness is always needed. A kindness that includes yourself. A kindness that connects instead of excludes. I believe that in being kind to yourself, you actually save up all the energy you might otherwise use beating yourself down, allowing you to give the world more of the love and energy inside of you. I believe kindness, in a way, is freedom. Freedom from the negative energy inside ourselves that we often ooze into others. Freedom to be your best self.
I don’t know much these days, as I get older, I know less and less. I’m painfully aware I don’t know anything about the future. But I do believe, that no matter what the ambiguity of the moment presents, kindness will always be my answer.