Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
While I was in New York I was keen to visit the John Lennon memorial and whilst standing over the stunning mosaic- which is dedicated to his most famous song- I got to think and began to pounder the beautiful lyrics and what they really mean.
As a socialist, a feminist, a trade unionist and someone that believes in equality of all forms, it almost creates a lyrical socialist manifesto, the contents of which we should all be striving to create. It’s idealist, hence the title, but it’s also achievable even if that seems increasingly unlikely at times.
It would take an international agreement, an incredible shift in global policy for the imagined scenario to ever become reality and while I am a huge believer in the important role that each individual has to play, it’s incredibly hard for us to ever influence these kind of worldwide changes but then I came to a realisation. I might not be able to influence the world in the way that I would perhaps like (yet) but I can change the world around me and most of all I can change myself and the way that I treat others.
So I’ve decided that I’m going to create my own kindness manifesto and from now on I’m going to live my life in the way that I want the world to be governed. As Aesop rightly said “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”.
I will never judge another person because I can never fully understand their situation. Furthermore I will never assume anything about anyone and will always work to gather a full picture before I making a conclusions.
I won’t allow other people’s judgements to cloud my own vision and I will always give people the opportunity to prove any perceptions as wrong.
I will never react to other people’s negativity, unless they chose to address me personally and in a private and respectful manner. I will ignore any passive aggressive negativity and will rise above it.
I will never humiliate, embarrass or criticise someone in public.
I will always hold the door open for whoever is behind me.
I will always give my seat up for someone that might need it more than me.
I will treat other people as I wish to be treated myself.
I will always offer to help when and wherever I can.
I will be kinder to myself because then it will be far easier to be kinder to other people. I will treat myself with more respect, both emotionally and physically.
Do you want to join my kindness revolution?