I was thinking the other day about the fact that I used to smoke. I guess every now and then the thought crosses my mind. I hope that I would never choose to go down that road again but when the thought came up this time I wondered, “how did I start smoking?” It is not as though one day I woke up and decided that this would be the day that I would take on a most destructive habit and every day after that I would reconfirm my commitment to destroying my health. I think this habit came on more sub- or un- conscious than that. Now with my awareness piqued, I wonder what other habits that I have taken on without giving it much thought. I am certain that there are a few.

It really does come down to consciousness and mindfulness. What I put my attention on grows in importance in my life. My decision to quit smoking was a very conscious and very mindful decision and I reconfirm that decision every day with a deep breath and “thank you.”

Kindness is the same type of habit that can be built. Start in the mirror with a simple kind word, “good morning beautiful!” See how it feels. Try it out on other people. “Hello, Gorgeous!” and you have brightened someone else’s day. These are the ways we build a positive community with habitual kindness. We unconsciously slip into selfishness and self-importance. It must be a conscious and mindful exercise to break out of those old destructive habits.

Today, I recognize that all of the energy in the Universe that feels in-line with my happiness exists in a smile. I realize that I have the power to shine that energy into the world and watch it reflect back to me. I commit to making kindness my everyday habit. I am so grateful to know that I have this power to change the world. I AM the change I want to see in the world. I AM Kind. I AM Love.