Guide to Goodness

Smitten With Goodness. Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

What does “goodness” mean to you?  A lot of us use the word “good” as a throwaway word. When I’m asked how I’m feeling, I might say “I’m good” without really meaning it or giving it much thought.  Or when I’m asked “how was it” about an event or activity, I might answer without thinking and simply reply “it was good”. But what do I really mean by that?

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Guide to Goodness

Be Kind. Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

One of my daughter’s mantras is “Be Kind.” I love this reminder of who we are at our truest nature. It is sad to see our world so far from this, lacking in toleration and kindness.  I believe this is the result of us being unkind to ourselves. We have misplaced priorities and are not aligning with the divine flow of our lives.  We drive ourselves hard seeking worldly successes while our souls whither away.  We are unaware if we are tired, hungry, or in physical or emotional pain, and we leave little room for the things that speak to our soul.  Rather than give ourselves compassion that we can then bring to others, we numb ourselves out and drive harder, never truly finding peace, rest or happiness. 

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