My friend Nathan introduced me to ‘A cup o’ Kindness’ when I was beating myself about how I was not performing to my expectations. That was one hell of a dreary afternoon. Stuck in between numerous options, I was drowning in a sea of self-pity. Wishing I could do more, do better if only I had more money, etcetera. I wanted to read a book, but no morale for that which was in my back. That was when Nathan handed me this book, most probably because he was nauseated by my self-pity murmurs.
I loved the book. Yes, took me four days, dragging myself to read a few chapters daily, and I have to admit that if it has not taught me to be kind to myself, at least I will be more kind to other people and at worse, I will remind them to be kind to themselves. It is why I am writing this here; to remind you to be kinder yourself.
Don’t you think you have achieved quite a lot, don’t you think that you’re pressing yourself too hard, condemning yourself for any little failures and mistakes you have done? Take a couple of minutes. Breathe. Smile. Put your arms in the air, say to yourself, ‘I am so glad I have made it this far. I am so glad for all the positive impact I am making. I need a treat!’
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BOOK: A CUP O’ KINDNESS
AUTHOR: Hugh C Stuntz
In this book, Author Hugh C Stuntz in various chapters narrates scenarios that will remind you to treat yourself kindly, give up more authority to a more superior belief or power, treat people better, treat yourself with kindness, equip you with political insights and learn to make the best out of life!
Here is an extract.
Do you too complain about the younger generation? Are they rebellious, radical, irresponsible, rude, or a threat to the society? One hears such complaints from all sides. Now hear this: “Our youth love luxury, they have bad manners and love idle chatter in place of exercise. Children are tyrants not servants of the household. … They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”
That is the judgment of a famous teacher, a fellow named Socrates, speaking about 2,300 years ago in a city called Athens. But similar statements were made before his day and have been made every so often since.
Should we not rather give thanks to the powers that be for any spirit of rebellion against the mess we elders have made of this beautiful world?
Of course, we can hope that the radicalism of the youth will lead them to focus on the problems of human relations. That is the one half-explored wilderness remaining to the adventurous. In it are to be found the richest deposits of moral and spiritual ideals and the greatest opportunities for magnificent achievement that imagination can conceive.
So rather let us encourage youthful non-conformists and hope for a flowering of social ideas even greater than those which give rise to democratic ideals and systems. For it is quite possible that the humanity has still much to learn, and far to go in learning to live together.
There is actually nothing wrong with the younger generation. Our trouble is that most of us do not belong to it!