Words to live by don’t ya think?
I have lived my life more or less according to this quote, which incidentally, I only found last week.
Being Silly comes incredibly naturally to me. It’s kind of my default position. I effortlessly do many, many silly things every singe day. In my opinion, Being Silly is an essential life skill. Life is damn tough a LOT of the time.The world can be a shitty place.People can be total bastards to each other.Being Silly helps me cope. The sheer joy I get from doing a spur of the moment dance routine around the kitchen as my dog and OH watch with bemusement makes all the crappy bits of life easier to bear. Jumping on and freewheeling my trolley down an empty aisle at Tesco makes me happy. If a great song is playing, even better! Why not strut down the aisle “a la” Beyoncé if I feel like it?
Being Honest. If I can guarantee you one thing it’s this… I will tell you the truth. Honestly! If the people who matter in your life cannot be upfront and Honest with you, what’s the point of them being there? It might be difficult to tell someone the truth, but in the long term it’s always better. If I’m not Honest about something, I find it will gnaw away at me until I come clean. Perhaps you think I’m being selfish then, telling truths, even if they are uncomfortable? Maybe I am, but I prefer to live a life that is transparent, one where I do not need to remember lies or cover stories. If the issue I need to be Honest about is hurtful or difficult, I will tell the truth in, what I hope, is a gentle and compassionate way. I tell the person the truth because I respect them enough and care for them enough to take that risk. And I do it as kindly as I can.
Which leads very handily to…
Be Kind. My reasoning here is similar to my Reasons To Be Silly. Kindness makes life so much more pleasurable. It is powerful, insofar as when you are kind, rather than nasty or cruel, you feel better! When you are Kind you make other people happier, which I have always found, makes me happier. I truly worry for people who feel the need to be nasty, scathing or mean to other people. I worry that to carry such bitterness and bile inside they must be unhappy with their lives. On the occasions where I have been less than Kind, I know it came from a place of unhappiness or anger inside me. I might have lashed out those times and in doing so made someone else share my unhappiness, but it has never made me feel better or done anything to lessen my sadness. If anything, I came out of the exchange feeling even worse than before. The wonderful thing about Kindness is it increase happiness al round and usually is contagious. Think about the last time someone showed you Kindness… I bet it was hard to not be kind in return or in the next exchange you had with another person. Let’s make Kindness an epidemic!
In fact, let’s make the three things, Sillyness, Honesty, Kindness our new life mantra!
Go out today, do something gloriously Silly! Laugh and enjoy it.
Go out today, tell the truth! Be fearless and feel strong! Be Honest.
Go out today, do some thing Kind for no reason at all. Smile at a stranger. Pay a compliment.
Let’s go make life Lovely!