Monday, 01 October 2012
My mother is an outstanding example of how a person should treat others - with respect, care, & love. My old neighbors rave about her (for real), my friends rave about her, and for heaven's sake - she was even put in the newspaper for being the best waitress at Denny's back in the day. Unfortunately - as goes for most kind-hearted people - she often gets taken advantage of and hurt by others. Yet her kindness and love for others continues to shine through and she is my guiding light and example.
I often think about the work I plan to do in the future, the people I surround myself with, and the individuals who - in the past - have taken advantage of me more than once because my kindness got in the way of seeing through their lies and manipulative games. These thoughts lead me to once again question if kindness is all it is cracked up to be. If kindness only leaves people with a slap in the face and a broken heart. Is kindness merely naivety or the greatest quality a person can have?
As I continue on in this journey called life, I can only lead with faith that I will not become another jaded individual who merely views kindness as a weakness. While the road gets tough and some people will inevitably hurt me, I genuinely believe that my kindness is a strength which will continue to lead me on a greater path. At some point, we all get hurt, but a part of life is being able to see the beauty in being vulnerable. This vulnerability, while scary, can lead us to some of the most beautiful relationships and adventures life has to offer us. And if we get hurt, we get hurt. We pick ourselves back up, we live, we learn, and we continue on. As a wise man once told me, "You might be striking out now, but no doubt you'll get that home run soon, Lena."
Optimism is a gift? -___* I'll just keep leading by my beautiful mamacita's example.
Now, back to being productive! Gah, I've been so MIA on here.