Being Kind

I tell my children all the time to be kind to each other and to their schoolmates. I see these memes and posts and even graffiti in town eschewing us to “BE KIND”! I believe that I am generally a kind person, but it is often hard to be kind to myself.

I recently read something a pastor friend posted–something by Jen Hatmaker (I haven’t really read any of her stuff, but I know lots of people are gaga for her). She said that her Nighttime Self does some things for her Morning Self, and vice versa. This all struck me as a bit of charming, cutesy self-help, but I was feeling indulgent, so I kept reading.

She suggested that her Nighttime Self always prepped the coffee to be ready to go every day for Morning Self, and I thought, Yeah, that’s a good one. There are few better feelings than to just flip that switch in the morning without needing to measure out grounds and slosh in the water.

So, I’ve been making an effort to be kind to my future self–the self who is always a little crabby and groggy each morning and could use a little help. I hope my Nighttime Self really is on board with this new routine, because it really is delightful every morning… Day 44.

Published by Quitter

I’m a college professor, wife, and mother of 2 small kids. I’m on a recovery journey 20 years in the making.

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