“Trust me, I’m a doctor!”
Ah, the oldies are still the besties.
We live in a world where we’re taught to be cautious. From a young age we’re told things like “Be careful, you’ll hurt yourself!” and “Be wary of strangers!”.
Onwards into the world of work, we’re surrounded by terms like ‘due diligence’, ‘risk assessment’ and ‘contingency planning’. Each carries an expectation of danger, so best be prepared when it arrives.
And so it goes… our default standpoint in life becomes to proceed with caution.
Caution rules OK!
Then there’s the ‘always on’ nature of the internet. The proliferation of connected devices and speed at which we’re able to communicate has created even greater reason to be cautious. We’ve all seen the headlines and heard the stories.
We can’t escape the fact that caution is a necessary part of everyday life, and that our trust of others has to be earned.
So, where does kindness fit in?
The kindness mindset
Ever heard the phrase “Kill ’em with kindness”?
It comes across as disingenuous to me, though it does raise a point.
The kindness of strangers isn’t something we expect, especially in business. “Where’s the catch?”, “What am I not seeing here?” and “Am I about to be taken advantage of?” are common thought responses.
I don’t mean holding a shop door open here and there — those are things we do without thinking. I’m talking about people who go out of their way to invest in the wellbeing of others, with no thought for their own time or worldly gain.
Sharing life together
What’s on your mind today?
We’re living in challenging times. Our collective wellbeing is under pressure. The fundamentals of life are being questioned…
“What will my future hold?”
“Who and what can I trust?”
“Where can I find peace of mind, in the midst of uncertainty?”
What would change if we started sharing our life questions and challenges more openly together, exploring the things that shape us as human beings, listening to each other more, for the enrichment of each other’s lives?
The benefit mindset
Believers in the power of the benefit mindset know that when we show kindness to others, it has a habit of finding its way back to us.
A quick Google search returns many studies that confirm giving to others—showing genuine kindness with the expectation of nothing in return—boosts our health and wellbeing. Kindness is powerful, in both directions.
How would society change if we each lived our lives with a commitment to benefit the wellbeing of all through our words and actions — to exercise a kindness mindset?
How might your life change if your default outlook was one of optimism and hope, rather than caution and distrust?
Not until trouble and heartache and sorrow came into my own life could I fully comprehend the words of Ian McLaren: “Let us be kind, one to another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.”
Those who know, know.
I have a vision called MakeLifeClick, an invitation to reimagine online community together.
Rooted in the benefit mindset, we’ll connect around the more fundamental questions and challenges of life; things that typically go unspoken; things that stop us taking that extra, purpose-filled, step.
You can register your interest to be part of the preview launch here (foot of page), with more to follow later this month.
Get in touch?
Fancy a coffee and a chat about people, purpose, vision, business ideas/opportunities and perhaps even life in general? Drop me a message — you never know, we may have a few things in common…