You may have tried to extend your hand to feed a little dog, only to end up going to the emergency room because your finger nearly got detached. I don’t need to fill in the blanks.
Showing kindness to someone can make you quake a bit. You may get a reaction like this.
Compassion puts you in two minds. While you wish to be kind, you don’t want to be taken for a ride (in some cases, several)either.
You may remember the Care Bears, a popular cartoon from the 1980s. Most of us wish to become like these warrior bears, who trump negativity while maintaining their core of care. Yes, they care while they give the ultimate Care Bear Stare.
As cute as the idea seems, mimicking them isn’t easy. Many people view kindness as a weakness. They see it as a way to get their feet in the door with you.
Still, these bears prove that you can debunk this notion as long as you don’t shed your positive attitude. I am thankful for the chances I had to show that kindness does not make me vulnerable.
Little dogs never see my kindness as a weakness. Cloudy and Misty don’t snap fingers off but jump with happy hearts when they see their food.
My husband doesn’t take my kindness as a vulnerability. He knows that I will give him a good one-two when I need to.
I am thankful for people who return my kindness with their own.
I am grateful for writing clients who return my willingness to go the extra mile with understanding. They don’t push me when I cannot finish their work on time.
Your have full permission to be a warrior bear.
Cares with a heart
That does not break apart
When shattered by piercing arrows
This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion continues to work toward a better world with a focus on Compassion and Vulnerability.