Increasing flexibility, kindness and compassion… “I didn’t mean to be unkind….”

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I’ve been reflecting on a few ideas that tie together in a song…
a poignant Tom Paxton song…
“That Was the Last Thing on My Mind”

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a song about lack of awareness…
of regret…
due perhaps to a lack of understanding of our impact
on both ourselves and others.

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the last thing on my mind

The words of the song contain such an important “lesson”…
the potential unfortunate realization
“a lesson too late for the learning…”
“I could’ve loved you better, didn’t mean to be unkind,
that was the last thing on my mind”

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But….truly….it’s NOT  too late for the learning.

it's not too late for the learning
We can become more aware of these ideas
increasing kindness, understanding, compassion and acceptance,
nurturing flexibility in ourselves and how we react and interact…
we can shift…we can learn…we can “remember”…

we can remember

it is possible and the benefits are great…

learning to increase kindness, compassion, generostiy

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The “you” in that song might be others in our lives

But..
that “you” might also be parts of ourselves that we haven’t nurtured,
parts that we may have closed down, due to perceived life disappointments,
or due to less than kind  judgements we may have direct toward ourselves…

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Perhaps closing down on ….
open heartedness, playfulness, optimism, hope, laughter,
risking, a sense of aliveness, trust..

We may not have meant to be unkind,
but we may have done so…
even though “unkindness” wasn’t intended…
it may have been “the last thing on our minds…”

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This is a beautiful song… well worth listening to…
may this song  impact our hearts
and lead to more compassionate intentions, words and actions…

please….
let this  NOT be a lesson “learned too late…”

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This lesson ISN’T too late for the learning…
the opportunities are here with us each day…
they’re precious and special…the benefits are profound…

But….it’s truly NOT  too late for the learning.
We can become more aware of these ideas
we can shift…we can learn…
it is possible and the benefits are great…

the last thing on my mind

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flexibility kindness compassion understanding acceptance

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Part 2…. an extension of this idea

Tying together some relevant ideas from several recent posts …
on Pocket Perspectives and Reflections from a Friend,
to support NOT having this be
“a lesson too late for the learning”
to live with more positive intentions, words and actions,
actively nurturing, developing, increasing and incorporating
kindness, compassion, acceptance and understanding
into our lives

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To nurture, develop and live with the positive qualities and perspectives in these posts
…From Pocket Perspectives….

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Recognizing that we’re all trying,
we just might try in different ways…
and some people may have more “challenges” than others
Everyone is doing the best they can”.

we're all doing the best we can...ourselves and others~
Friday wishes and everyday wishes…
kindling and rekindling our own and other people’s lights
Friday Wishes…
generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement”

Friday wishes and encouragement and rekindling~

Understanding that we all have similar wishes…
to develop more empathy and compassion…
Loving Kindness wishes…”May we all feel….”

just-like-myself~
From Reflections….developing flexibility…
to be able to more readily grow and change
“To be flexible enough to allow growth and change to happen”

advice flexibility with our ideas~

Living with a deep sense of appreciation of people
and then giving back to them
“Warmth, love and appreciation”

warmth love appreciation

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As was written above…

This lesson ISN’T too late for the learning…
the opportunities are here with us each day…
they’re precious and special…the benefits are profound…

the last thing on my mind

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Friday wishes and encouragement rekindling

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every day wish

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we can learn

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the last thing on my mind

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