I used to think being kind and believing the best in people was a weakness. That all it meant was that I would get taken advantage of and walked all over, time and time again.
And I'll admit, I've been labeled too nice. I've let people take advantage of me and I've let people walk all over me. Yes, time and time again.
It's been a learning curve. And yes, I know that sounds weird, but I still struggle with that fine line of being kind while standing up for myself.
Because the truth is, I don't like hurting people. I don't like hurting people's feelings. And I firmly believe that everyone feels the same way I do. That people will treat me the way I treat them.
And that, my friends, is why I get taken advantage of.
Because not everyone is like me. Not everyone feels the way I do. Or acts the way I do. And not everyone will treat me the way I treat them.
And I'm still learning that fine line. I can be kind but stand up for myself. I can stand up for myself without being mean. And I can be kind, even when others aren't.
In this cruel world, even when others don't treat you the best, be kind. Always be kind. The way others treat you says more about them than it does about you. But how you respond and how you treat them back says everything about you.
The other part of it is that we have no idea what's going on in people's lives. Maybe they're suffering from a loss. Or they're struggling with finances. Or they just lost their job. Or they're going through a personal tragedy.
Because we all have things going on. And we all aren't going to be 100% all day, every day.
So even when things are going poorly or you're going through something terrible, smile and be kind to others. Because you never know what someone else is going through. And sometimes a smile is exactly what someone else needs.
Be courageous. Continue being kind. But stand firm in your beliefs and don't let people take advantage of you. Find that balance. And if you have a good way of doing this, please let me know. Because like I said, I'm still learning that balance.
I hope you all have a beautiful week! And a Happy Halloween! Be safe and have fun!
With love and wellness,