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A Cup of Kindness

I won a cup.

That seems like a very strange statement to start a blog post off with, but that’s how this whole thing started.

The cup is from the Ellen Degeneres show. It’s not a special cup; it’s a clear, tervis-like cup, with the classic aqua blue logo on it. That’s it. But for some reason, when I looked at the cup this morning, I knew I needed to write about it. Here’s why:

Ellen has this thing she says at the end of every episode. Do you know what I’m talking about? You probably do, but if you don’t, it’s this…

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I have heard this phrase come out of her mouth so many times. But for some reason, it never hit me as hard as it did this morning when I was drinking coffee from this cup.

Our society these days seems to be fueled by hatred.

Hatred of a religion. Hatred of a sexual orientation. Hatred of a gender identity. Hatred of a race. Hatred of liberals. Hatred of conservatives. HATRED AND HATRED AND MORE HATRED.

I understand that people have differing beliefs and opinions. Trust me, I am one of the most opinionated people to grace the earth, BUT I try really hard not to spew hatred to those who disagree with me. That accomplishes nothing. But I’m not perfect. I get snarky, I get defensive, I get a little pushy sometimes, but who doesn’t?

So today, when I picked up my cup, I told myself that everyday, I’d be kinder. There’s a reason the phrase “kill them with kindness” is a cliche. It works. Kindness generates kindness. Love generates love.

Give yourself some good karma.

Be kind to people. Be kind to yourself.

Love people. Love yourself.

Voice your opinions but respect others. In order to get respect, you have to give it. The same goes for kindness. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat well. It’s a simple concept… they teach it in preschool. I don’t know why our world seems to have forgotten the lesson. I don’t know why I forgot the lesson.

EllenCupSo, from now on, every time I see this cup, this very plain, but now very special cup, I will remember that kindness generates kindness. That love generates love.

And there’s nothing more beautiful than that.

In the words of Ellen, “have a great day, be kind to one another!”

*This post was not sponsored. Duh.

 

 

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