“ So this new year, free yourself and the people around you, from the mistakes that you made. This new year, let kindness come in the form of love, forgiveness, and apology. The most important words in the dictionary of kindness. “
This new year, we really hope that we step into a new year. we have all had enough of this year and needless to say it was an eventful year.
We went from a forest fire to a pandemic that locked us all down for an entire year. We lost lives and we lost our ways to make a livelihood. We saw our loved ones panicking and we prayed for people’s lives. We have seen communities pilling in hate and we have seen the world come together. This year, we felt and saw so much that I’m sure we can all use a breeze.
This year, we learned that it all comes down to us as people and the decisions that we make. We can talk about philosophies, morals, religions, and rules about why we do what we do and how we ended up where we are now. But it is as simple as this- if one day all of humanity wakes up and decides to love each other and be kind to everyone they meet, we will have solved all of the world’s problems in no time.
It is obvious that it isn’t as simple as that, but it means that it all comes down to you in the end.
This new year, let us try to do our bit in being kind. So, here are some ways in which you be kind to those around you and make sure that you end this year on a good note.
1- MAKE SURE YOU WISH EVERYONE PERSONALLY-
This sounds like a pretty simple and obvious thing to say. But the operative word here is ‘personally’. Make sure to wish everyone personally. We are so used to the easy and convenient one-liner messages and picture messages to wish people, but this year basic gestures are not enough. Make sure that you give your loved ones a call or a personal text reminding them about why they are important and why they matter. Tell them about the times that you missed them during this lockdown and make them feel mattered and important.
2- FORGIVE PEOPLE
Human beings have a habit of dragging things for longer than they should be dragged for. We hold our grudges and anger as if we have forever to live. This year was all about perspective. If you have at least once prayed for the life of those you love, you already know that it is all that matters. If you have made it so far in this year and everyone you love has also made it so far, remember that you are luckier than you think and let that sink in.
So this year, if you had people to call when you were sad and people to remind you that it will all be okay in the end, then you should know that it is time to forgive people.
We are sure that there are people who hurt you. People who wronged you. But in the end, even with all that you hold against them, if you can still feel love for them, you have already won the situation. So this year, forgive people because all that matters is the love that you feel for them
If there are people you do not want back in your life, then so be it but forgive them for your own sake. Remember that your forgiveness is for you and not for them.
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3- APOLOGISE TO PEOPLE-
If the idea of forgiving people sounded too difficult, try asking for forgiveness. We know that it is difficult to accept that you made a mistake, but imagine how difficult it is for people that wronged. The same emotions that you hold on against those that wronged you, people might be holding that against you. If your genuine apology can help them move on and also help you not feel guilty anymore, then why not just do it?
People take their mistakes more seriously than they should. But people make mistakes and that’s the most natural thing. You inevitably make mistakes, you might inevitably end up hurting some people. But if you can own up to it and admit that you made a mistake that you did not mean to make, you will be relieved of it and so will the other person.
So this new year, free yourself and the people around you, from the mistakes that you made. This new year, let kindness come in the form of love, forgiveness, and apology. The most important words in the dictionary of kindness.
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