Kindness and Humility
Have you ever thought about how difficult it is do receive kindness than to give it?
Earlier this week, I was in the grocery store and picked up four Cornish hens for Easter dinner. At checkout, I was told they had a limit on all meats right now and could only sell me two. I said, “OK, I’ll have to come back. I was just hoping to get all for Easter dinner now.” The lady who had checked out before me was still gathering her groceries and asked, “They will only give you two?” I said yes, because of the restrictions. She said, “I’m going to buy the other two for you.” She walked behind me in line, and I tried to tell her it wasn’t necessary. She insisted and told the clerk that she would be buying the other two for me. I did not protest much more because I knew that this was something that she needed to do.
I thanked her several times and she said, “Happy Easter. Enjoy your dinner.”
I am not sure I have ever been on the receiving side of such a random stranger act of kindness.
It started me thinking about receiving kindness and how do we learn to do that. Often, we show kindness because we see a need. Often, we hear stories of someone receiving kindness when they lost their jobs, didn’t have money to feed their children, down on their luck. These people we see as deserving kindness. For them to receive, it takes a certain type of humility, such as “swallowing pride.”
However, how do we receive kindness that we don’t have a tangible need for nor feel that it is a “deserved” earning? That takes a different level of humility and humbleness.
I thought about the Biblical story that tells of how Mary washed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. I realized that this story is about HOW to receive kindness. By letting her do what she needed to do for Him, Jesus provided an example in humility and humbleness. He didn't *need* it done, but she wanted to do it for Him. It didn't matter what anyone else thought about it, He accepted her kindness as it was given. He did not try to diminish it with "oh you shouldn't " or "I don't deserve this." He accepted it gracefully and humbly.
This acceptance of undeserved kindness shows us how important it is to not only learn to be kind to all, regardless of how we feel they deserve it, but also shows us the importance of accepting kindness.
The next time someone shows you kindness, do not dismiss it or try to brush it off. Accept it with a grateful heart and a humility that helps you better understand the kindness you offer.
Can we truly give kindness if we cannot receive?
I hope you have a lovely Sunday and rest of your week!
I am so happy you are here!
My name is Kimberly and I am creating this website to share my story of Dancing Forward in my journey to better health and fitness. I hope that my story can inspire you on your own journey to the best YOU!
Today, I want to share a little of my personal journey through dance to overcome physical, mental, and emotional challenges. This is just an overview of my history and overall transformation. We will get more detailed and focussed on issues as we go along!
In 2011, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Insulin Resistance. Not long after, I was also diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I was overweight, in a desk job with a 90-minute round trip commute, and overall not in great health. Losing weight is the optimal way to improve the symptoms of all my conditions; however, my conditions caused my body to work against itself in losing weight. It is a terrible cycle to feel trapped in.
In 2018, I discovered Salón de Baile Dance and Fitness Studio in Pooler, Georgia. A friend invited me to try the Ballroom Fitness class with her because she was looking for a new way to exercise. I was terrible at it, but something inside of me enjoyed the new challenge and I kept going back.
This one forward step changed my life. The other students and the staff at the dance studio are so friendly and welcoming that I really felt that I had found a safe place to find myself. I was able to leave my stressors outside, even for just an hour and to truly enjoy an activity.
2019 has been my year of transformation and taking control of my life. I left my job, adopted better nutritional habits, and have lost 40 pounds. My insulin levels are so much better that my doctor is looking to wean me off medication. My anxiety and depression are less dominating in my everyday life; when they do become overwhelming, I now have ways to handle those feelings. The best part of this transformation to me is that I found out how to freely laugh again. I did not realize how lost and miserable I was before I found dance.
Dance has allowed me to find ways of handling stress, making friends, and opened new paths in life I never dreamed of. It has given me a new self-respect and confidence level that I am feeling really great in my physical health, mental health, and emotional health. The relationships I have made and these new friends who have accompanied me on this journey have had a significant impact on my new life.
I am now dubbed the 2019 Health and Fitness Challenge winner for the studio, the Marketing and PR representative, and assist with both the Teen Competition Team and the Beginner Ballroom group classes. I am currently studying to become a certified nutrition consultant so that I can help others discover the best path to their best life!
Definitely a life unexpected!
I look forward to sharing my journey with you and to hear from you as you embark on a journey to a New You in 2020!
Keep Dancing Forward!