For this week’s Midweek Musical Magic (MMM) I’ve chosen the song Humble and Kind written by Lori McKenna and sung by Tim McGraw.
“Hold the door say please say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind”
I often feel that we have forgotten that life is actually pretty simple; it’s us who overcomplicates things.
It takes nothing to be polite – even if you are having a crappy day.
It takes little effort to show patience when the checkout person is slow or the driver in front of you stalls as they pull away from a junction.
It only takes a moment to say thank you when someone holds the door open for you.
It could actually improve our day in amazing ways to show a little kindness or appreciation to someone in need or who simply says – “after you”
I have to admit to being a “patient person in training” My impatience could be with myself or with other people or even technology! But really, how does being impatient help? How does being grumpy or rude help? It doesn’t. It only increases stress in our bodies.
There is a growing bank of research that shows that gratitude has health benefits. One piece of research, conducted by Oxford University into small acts of kindness showed that just seven days of small, random acts of kindness is enough to bring significantly more joy to your life. And yet it’s so easy to overlook those small, everyday moments to offer a hand, smile and say thank you. Kindness is free.
I’m also a recovering self deprecator and rarely take time to acknowledge what I’ve achieved in life, those I’ve helped along the way or what my gifts are – and I’m guessing many of you recognise that in yourselves too.
By not taking a moment every now and then to say, well done Bev, that went well or that was a good thing you just did, I’m ignoring or missing more opportunities to do more and help more using those things that make me, me. Humility for me is a “one step further” behaviour. What I mean by that is to be humble I’ve first got to acknowledge something to be humble about. Then I want to look for behaviours that I can feel good about which acknowledge who I am, whilst doing so with humility.
“When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you” is a line that underpins a big turning point for me at the moment. I’m struggling (what’s that about?) to dream with any focus or commitment. It’s as if I have a big, next phase dream inside of me, which as yet, is not showing itself or maybe I’m ignoring it?
So as I focus on being both humble, focusing on me, and kind, focusing on others, I actually feel good, as these are two qualities I would like others to say I have.
- What simple acts of kindness could you show yourself and others today?
- What dreams are you dreaming that you are “working hard” on and committed to that you can smile inside and say, “I feel good”?
- What success – big or small – can you feel proud of?
I invite you to share your reflections, in the comments box below, so we can allow your humility to shine.