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Contemplating Our Legacy: The Kindness Paradox


Have you ever considered how you will be remembered when you leave this world? What would you want people to say about you? Rest assured, they won't reminisce about the things you fervently chased in life - your fancy car, beautiful home, or outstanding appearance. Such materialistic matters hold no significance in their hearts. Instead, they will recall your kindness or lack thereof, the openness of your heart, or the coldness that once resided within it.

Please don't misunderstand my intent - I'm not suggesting you display kindness solely to be missed by family or friends when you depart. My main proposition is to encourage introspection. Ponder who you are now, as time relentlessly fleets away, especially as we age. It's often not until we're bedridden, in the throes of illness, with death casting a shadow over us that we reflect on our lives. Too often, we experience guilt, realizing our actions have caused harm to many because of our closed hearts and absence of kindness. So, today, I invite you to reflect on your interactions with those you encounter on your life's journey.


Each Day: A Gift to Cultivate Kindness

Every day is an incredible gift. It offers a golden opportunity to continually open our hearts, extending kindness regardless of circumstances. We must uproot our propensity to hurt others, to feel jealousy, to be suspicious, and to differentiate among people. Let's embody kindness at all times, everywhere.

It's effortless to foster kindness when everything goes according to plan. The world appears beautiful, and everyone seems wonderful. But can you maintain kindness when your world is falling apart, when fear is overwhelming? These are the moments when you lash out, exhibit anger, contempt, and rudeness. The magnitude of your negative reaction reflects the enormity of the fear residing within you. The more terrified you are, the more you'll attack. This behavior resembles that of animals attacking when threatened. The difference is our ego feels the threat and retaliates, an ego that needs to be persistently managed to prevent it from assuming control.


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Reflecting on Our Desired Legacy

So, let me ask you again, how would you like to be remembered when you depart this world? Would you want to be remembered as an individual who constantly attacked others, quickly got angry, used derogatory language, was greedy, and found it hard to forgive? Or would you prefer to be remembered as a warm, loving person who was reliable, maintained a cheerful spirit during hard times, and was filled with love, kindness, and hope?

I encourage you to undertake a challenge: the next time you're having a bad day, feeling grumpy, and ready to vent out your frustration on someone, do the opposite. Observe your painful, negative feelings, understand the deep-seated fear inside you, accept it, and let it exist. Then, decide that despite these painful feelings, you'll externally express kindness. When the opportunity arises to vent on someone (perhaps your spouse has called, or your child has broken something), find the strength to continue being kind. By doing so, you'll become the king of your emotions, setting an excellent example for others to follow. Don't worry if you fail to control your emotions the first, second, or even the hundredth time. Remember, practice makes perfect - keep training yourself, and you'll find it easier over time.


The Power of Kindness: A Gift to Loved Ones

Finally, don't underestimate the power of kindness as a gift to your loved ones, especially your children. Their reservoir of kindness needs to be continuously replenished, providing them with the strength to face the harsh realities of the world. As the adage goes, "A little kindness goes a long way."

To encapsulate, it is not the possessions we've acquired but the kindness we've extended that truly defines our legacy. The kindness paradox ultimately reminds us of the transformative power of being compassionate, which will be remembered long after we're gone. It is through this kindness that we can touch the lives of others in the most meaningful way possible, thereby leaving behind a lasting and impactful legacy.



About the Author:

Marianna oversees the daily operations of The Dr. Wanda Pratnicka Center, skillfully advising staff members on guiding clients through the spirit removal process. Her efforts extend beyond management; she is dedicated to raising awareness about the phenomenon of spirit possession, utilizing various platforms including events, books, and digital media. In her leisure time, Marianna delights in gardening, immerses herself in reading, and explores new natural wonders.





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