Take a trip to any city or town in most of the world with a week to go to Christmas and streets and shops are packed with people buying stuff, most of which nobody needs.
If only we could transfer that energy and activity to doing a kindness for another human being who is perhaps less fortunate than we are, wow, what a different world it would be.
Perhaps, over the next 7 days, we could choose to just do one small random act of kindness each day, it may become a habit we want to continue beyond 7 days.
I often write about being kind to ourselves and how we speak to ourselves is so important. We would never speak to others in the unkind way we often talk to ourselves in our heads. The beating up routine never, ever, ever, ever leads to a positive change and a great outcome.
However, being unkind is not the same as being honest with ourselves. We do need to be honest and not kid ourselves. It doesn’t have to be done in a mean way, it is best to do it in a constructive way, but we have to be realistic, as there is just no point in telling ourselves or believing we are doing or being something that we are not.
Once we are honest about where we are then we can make a plan to get to where we want to be, much better than being unkind or beating ourselves up because we are pretending to be something we are not and deep down being crushed by knowing it.
Don’t be unkind but be honest.