“If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
I am going to rant a little – just for a minute. When did it happen? When did the world turn so full of ego and cynicism that simple kindness became a questionable and misinterpreted trait? Why is it that there must always be an underlying distrust and certain labeling of the purest of intentions? When did being a good person become anything other than just being a good person?
We need to open the door for the old man with too many packages in his hands and wish him a wonderful morning. A stranger stops the traffic for the woman who is struggling through the intersection so she makes it safely to the other side. The fact that I make my kid a sandwich and I cut the bread into triangles because she loved that as a child does not make me an idiot – it just makes me a mom. I give my coat to my friend who is chilled and all my change to the woman at the Addison exit off the Kennedy every single time I see her. I don’t expect one single thing in return, I have no motive or intent – this is just who I am – I think I was born this way. My father is a giving person – dedicates his life to faith and family and is a respected and revered man. His mother was my mentor and one of the greatest influences in my life. She was generous beyond her means – having nothing and sharing everything with those who were blessed enough to have crossed her lighted Irish path. We should be teaching our children to share and expect our kids to embrace tolerance and fairness each and every day – never once expecting to be rewarded for being kind. When my two kids were young I reminded them to talk to and welcome the new kid in school even though others might choose to taunt or avoid. We need to speak freely and honestly with concern for the feelings of others and always, always try to do the right thing – no matter how suspicious it may seem…..
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
― Mother Teresa
Call me a sucker, call me a fool, call me a gullible little Guzman – it really doesn’t matter to me at all…I am good with exactly who I am. Because in the end of all things, in the blind optimism that permeates this watered down Buddha brain – simplistic kindness and complicated truths form the content of all I will ever be in this lifetime. Hopeless romantic. Selfless, foolish girl. I may be all of these things on any given day – God knows I try to be. No apologies – no regrets – head to the sky with the hope and foolhardy belief that who I am and the choices I make will somehow help the world become a better and less cynical place. Imagine that.
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” -Mother Teresa
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About K. Guzman
Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.