A reminder to be kind to yourself and others

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This article was published 12/11/2021 (324 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Sat., Nov. 13 is World Kindness Day. Many would agree when I say that the world can do with a little more kindness but, for that to happen, we all have roles to play.

Be kind to others

Perhaps I am old fashioned but I am a firm believer in ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’. It says that you recognize that you are asking someone to do or maybe even not do something. It says that you appreciate their effort. And, most of all, it says that you respect and value them.

Photo by Debbie Ristimaki Walking in nature is both wonderful self-care and an important reminder that we are the caretakers of the world we live in.

Funny enough, it does not take much to make this happen. Two simple words and yet it often feels like politeness is becoming a lost art.

Be kind to the world

This is definitely a hot topic — from climate change to saving our wildlife and their habitats to the pandemic and social unrest. There is so much going on that it can overwhelming. That said, it is important to recognize what is within your control and what is not.

The easiest place to start? With your community — be kind to what you have been given. Yes, I can hear it now — “What do you mean given? I paid a lot of money to live here and my taxes support it.”

Perhaps it is true and I may get myself into trouble for saying this but, “that very sense of entitlement is what got us into trouble.”

We are the caretakers. We have to start somewhere.

Be kind to yourself

This is the most important point and where it all begins. If you have ever flown, you are familiar with the safety demonstration which touches on the use of face masks should the cabin pressure change. You must put your own on first. After all, if you lose consciousness due to a lack of oxygen, you will not be in a position to help others.

So yes, kindness starts here. A few ideas that come to mind:

• Schedule time for self care;

• Get lost in a good book;

• Connect with friends and family;

• Explore nature — it can be as close as your local park.

• Indulge in your favourite hobby and if you don’t have one, there is no time like the present to find one.

Finally, a big thank-you to Lea Kroll, a member of my extended family, for the reminder that we can all do with a little more kindness.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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