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How To Overcome And Rise Above

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

There is an old saying, "lead with compassion, follow with kindness." It adds the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate to leadership. Now, when we think of leadership, we often view the term as someone guiding us. Maybe at work, the government, the one in charge. But, often times we neglect the fact that we are our own leader. We lead our lives.

We all walk a road where we find times of peace, happiness, and challenges. And, as much as we would all love to avoid these times of challenges, the unfortunate truth is we can't. However, what we can do is choose how we respond during these times. Some people try to keep their challenges out of sight, denying that they exist. Some respond with snarky attitudes giving the impression that they are a rude person. Some withdraw and bottle up their emotions which may eventually explode into anger. And, others turn to social media hoping to find comfort. However the response may be for you, all of them lead to one common ground. We are all just trying to cope with feelings of sadness, anger, grief, denial, or any other emotion activated during challenging times.

So, what can we do and how can we all overcome and rise above?

For me and I am sure for many others, the key is kindness. Kindness keeps us all going amidst uncertainty. Have you ever heard the quote "Be kind for everyone you meet is facing a battle you know nothing about"? The collective battles we all face are often compounded with our own quiet battles and struggles. Since we all are the leaders of our own lives and it is always recommended to start from within, what act of kindness can you do for yourself today? If you are unable to think of any acts of self-kindness, here are some ideas:

1. Create a positive I AM affirmation to use as your mantra for today.

2. Meditate for five minutes.

3. Take a hot shower.

4. Soak your feet.

5. Journal.

6. Smile (even through the tears).

7. Hug a friend.

8. Pray.

9. Eat 1 piece of fruit or some vegetables.

10. Drink water.

11. Go for a 5-10 minute walk.

12. Enjoy a pleasing scent.

13. Consciously breathe for 3-5 minutes.

From there, try and hold space for others through kind thoughts, words and actions, including kind attitudes. It truly costs nothing to be kind. Plus, it can decrease blood pressure, cortisol levels, produce oxytocin, increase self-esteem, improve heart health, overcome anxiety and so much more.

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind."

For all those suffering, may you find comfort and solace in random acts of kindness.



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