Are you a force of good?

Are you a force of good?

After my last incredibly liberating blog post about my struggles as a blogger, I decided to stay at the coffee shop and write some more. Honestly, I’d like to be clear that although everyone rants and raves about coffee shops being great for working, the one I’m currently sitting in is most definitely not the quiet haven I expected, however, it is helping me write as I’m enjoying the hustle and bustle surrounding me, time is also flying by.

I’ve recently started watching the Good Witch on Netflix, it’s a fictional television show about a family who seemingly have ”gifts”. It’s a pretty good watch and I’m currently enjoying it every morning with my tea, however, it casts a significant theme of ”good” and being good on the inside, helping others and making others lives better.

I’m not sure why this theme hit me so strongly but it really got me thinking about the bigger picture, we live our daily lives consumed by ourselves or our families and sometimes our friends, but how do we treat those people that we encounter day to day but don’t necessarily know?

I don’t know about you, but day to day I feel I’m pleasant enough to those around me, but what about when they do something negative that effects your day?

Someone bumps into you and you spill coffee down yourself? How do you feel?

If I was on my way to work I’d be quite aggravated, upset and probably even a little angry about how I was going to deal with a wet shirt in work or being late because I’d have to go home and change.

Meanwhile, the person who bumped into me may be having a bad day that’s causing them to be a little out of focus. They could have had news of a relative with illness, could have been fired, could have had a terrible argument with a friend or broken up with their partner, but I can guarantee that when they bump into you, all you’re thinking about is yourself and therefore it may cause you to react in a less than pleasant demeanour.

In turn, your action on that individual could continue a downward spiral on that person’s day, taking it from one awful incident to another, instead, why can’t we be a positive force.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we need to be more mindful of others situations, especially when they may come across in a not so nice way and make a conscious effort to be nice, be good.

But what can we do to be good?

  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Donate to a charity
  • Do a favour for a member of your family or a friend
  • Reach out to someone in need
  • Lend an ear to someone who needs it
  • Give a compliment to a stranger
  • Understand the world from another persons perspective
  • Forgive someone and let go
  • Practise patience
  • Be honest

I challenge you to pick three of these to focus on in the next week.

Have you experienced anything lately that you could have handled differently?

 

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6 Comments

  1. September 12, 2018 / 7:07 am

    This is weird but I had some of the exact same thoughts after watching The Good Place!

    • theessenceofred
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:53 pm

      Hi Jemina,

      Thanks for popping by, I definitely agree. My partner is really into The Good Place at the moment so I’ve caught a few episodes and definitely see what you mean. Did it make you do anything differently after watching it?

  2. September 12, 2018 / 9:23 am

    This is such a good point. My husband will always get angry at other drivers and I always remind him that we don’t know why they’re driving like that – give that person a break. It’s just so easy to be wrapped up in our world and forget that everyone else has their own world too.

    So I’ve decided to accept your challenge and take on these 3

    Give a compliment to a stranger

    Understand the world from another persons perspective

    Practise patience – this one needs so much work from me.

    • theessenceofred
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      Hi Khadra,

      Thanks for stopping by.
      I completely agree. It’s like we’re in some sort of bubble and become unaware that other people have problems too. I’m thrilled you’ve taken on the challenge and I expect a progress report in the next week or so 😉

  3. September 14, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Great post! I also started thinking about becoming a “better person” through doing “good things”, so your tips are really helpful. xx

    • theessenceofred
      Author
      September 17, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Hi Alice,

      Thanks for stopping by, is there anything, in particular, you’ve changed or tried? I’d love to hear how you got on!

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