Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others. –Lama Yeshe
Today’s kindness postcard features a mixed media piece by Colette K. of Pennsylvania.
Colette sent her artwork with a piece of advice worth heeding:
Next time, when you think of beautiful things, don’t forget to count yourself in.
The common misconception is that loving ourselves is self-centered and weak, so we pour all our energies and kindness into others and leave little or nothing for ourselves. Many of us typically miss that the fine point in the “second great commandment” is to love others as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). If we reserve only scraps, disapproval, and unkindness for ourselves, eventually this starvation of self-love will manifest in our acts toward others.
Hollow and mechanical acts of kindness don’t always feel like kindness. So love yourself. Be kind to yourself and you will find that the kindness naturally spills over into your interactions with others.
You can also find a lot of ideas on my self-care board on Pinterest: Take Care!
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out yesterday’s post: Be Kind.