Live kindly.

Live kindly. I saw these two words on a poster as I was walking around London this weekend, and something about them just really resonated with me, and the phrase has stuck with me ever since. There's so much meaning wrapped up in these two simple words, and they could probably mean such different things to different people.

When we think of living kindly, I think it's quite easy to jump to the assumption that this has to involve big gestures, but for me, it's sometimes the smallest of things that can make the biggest difference to your own, or someone else's day.

We should live kindly for others, but also for ourselves, too.


When I started thinking about this, I realised that we should start with ourselves. Live kindly for yourself. Don't dwell on the past or on things that are out of your control. Don't compare yourself to others. Don't think of yourself in a negative way or put yourself down. Spend time being kind to yourself, because just like you'll never get the best out of anyone else by constantly putting them down, you'll never be your best self if you don't start being kind to you.

I've recently found that it's when things get hard, you really start to notice the smallest acts of kindness around you. Whether it be a friend simply listening to your struggles and saying the things that they know you need to hear to push you on. Or someone remembering your morning coffee order, or simply just smiling at you when you're having a bad day. There are so many little things that we can do to live kindly. 

Send someone an unexpected text message telling them that you're thinking of them, check in on someone you haven't spoken to in a while, leave someone a nice comment on their Instagram photo who you may not normally interact with. If it would make you smile, it'll probably make someone else smile.

It literally costs nothing to be kind, so why don't we start making this a new life mantra?

Soph

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  1. Beautiful post Soph and I love that photo! xxxx

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  2. I loved reading this as I couldn't agree more. I think that sometimes we just forget to be kind which is such a shame. I'm always trying my best to share kindness wherever I go and to whoever I meet. I really hope that this will became something we all do. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. This is a really lovely thing, Antonia! And me too, wouldn't that be great? :) xx

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  3. This is a beautiful. We all should be very compassionate towards ourselves and others. We often forget that we are all going through life, some good days and some bad days and the least we should do is try to put a smile on a face a day. It goes a long way.

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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    1. You're so right, you never know what just giving someone a smile could do for their day! x

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  5. amen, sister. one of my allllll time fave quotes is 'let no one ever come to you without leaving happier'. i've had it stuck on my walls for years, good ol' mother theresa!

    this is the most beautiful little babe of a post, happy freakin' friday, girl! ♥

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. That's such a lovely little quote. I love it. x

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  6. small but super important mentality to have, i completely agree . in being kind to those around you as you don't know what they're going through x

    www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! I always think about this, particularly when I'm having a bad day, myself x

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  7. This is just what I needed to read today Soph! So simple but so so important - we do forget how essential it is to show kindness no matter how small, it makes a huge difference. Have a wonderful weekend lovely lady :) Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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    1. Ahh, I'm so glad, Immy! The smallest of things really can make the biggest difference. Hope you had a great weekend too, gal! xx

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  8. This is so sweet, living kindly for yourself and others~ Great post, Soph ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  9. Beautiful post and lovely words! You are so right my dear we all should be kindly to ourselves and others even more than we probably do :). Oh and the pictures looks so cute.
    Lea, xx
    http://asnippetoflife.com

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  10. I totally agree! And sometimes it can be hardest to be kind to yourself! xx

    rhymeandribbons.com

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  11. This is something I try to incorporate into my daily life, something so important - to be kind to ourselves, and others!

    Lucie | Forever September

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