To my daughter,
You turned 6 last year, and what a year it has been! You went through the first election you will likely remember, and have undoubtedly heard many things about the election from school, on television, and even from me and your dad. I have struggled with the decision about how much to share with you, because you are so young and innocent. However, I feel passionate about some of the things I have hear and witnessed, and cannot pass up the opportunity to pass along the lesson on the power of kindness.
If there is one thing I hope to teach you before you leave for college, it is the value of kindness. In a world that is becoming seemingly more divided with each day, kindness is more important now than ever. Kindness creates unity, and reinforces that we are all part of a community. Kindness fosters peace and good will. A simple kind word or gesture can have a profound impact on another human, and that can create ripples of kindness throughout so many other lives.
There may be days when people do not respond to your kindness with the same. There may be days where people take advantage of your kindness. There may be days when you feel so frustrated by how another feels or acts that it seems impossible to show them kindness. But persevere. The people who need kindness the most do not know how to ask for it, or show appreciation for it. But kindness is contagious, and even if it doesn’t seem like it, you are making a difference. You have the power to change the world with your kindness.
So, be kind always, my love. Smile at strangers. Take the time to listen to people you disagree with, and acknowledge their feelings. Be generous with your possessions and time. Stand up for people who are being bullied. Never pass along gossip or unkind words about others. Give people second chances. But most of all, show kindness to yourself. Speak to your inner self kindly. And always, always remember how incredibly loved you are, and share that love with others.
My friends have shared letters and words of inspiration with their daughters.
Susan, at Organized 31, is sharing her mother daughter letter, and is showing how she is raising her daughters to know that they are worth more. Read her inspiring message: