“The time for walking has come to an end. Now is the time for flying.”
Imagine a world where humans have evolved beyond legs and instead use wings. What would be the state of the sky?
It’s bad enough to get pooped on by a pigeon, but how would you feel if someone dropped an empty soft-drink can on your head. From far above would come a sorrowful ‘whoops‘ but this would hardly dull the pain.
Luckily, walking and flying in this context do not refer to anything we do with limbs – feathered or otherwise.
Actually, it’s a metaphor for effort.
When someone has a strong desire to succeed, then it could be said that they are flying. When they make weak effort, then they are merely walking.
How fast would you arrive at your destination if you flew? A journey of a thousand miles would take a fraction of the time as compared to walking.
In the same way, if you wanted to become a kinder person and you formulated and adopted a rigorous regime, then you would become kinder much quicker.
So what would such a regime look like?
Well, it might include the following items:
- Read books on the subject of kindness (or, better still – write them)
- Seek out, compile and maybe print out affirmations about kindness so that you can stick them up in every room (alternatively, set your phone to pop up with an affirmation periodically)
- Keep the company of kind people so that you will be inspired by them
- Study the lives (maybe via autobiographies) of kind people and emulate their practices
- Whenever you see kindness in action (or word) then talk about it, write about it and act upon what you see by walking in their footsteps
- Go on retreats, attend workshops and take classes with people who are teaching or following a kind lifestyle
- Write your own list on how to be kind (and smile at people as you do so)
- Study kindness in all forms as if you were sitting an examination at the end of the day (every day)
- Basically, be kind more often that you would be normally and you will end up kinder quicker than you would otherwise have been.
Of course, there’s more to life than being kind, but the important stuff will come to you by practicing this.
So what are you waiting for – get out there and smile as if you’re going for gold!