“Oh, there it is, silly old universe. The more I save it, the more it needs saving. It’s a treadmill. Yes, yes, I know, they’ll get it all wrong without me. Well, I suppose one more lifetime won’t kill anyone. Well, except me. You wait a moment, Doctor! Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you. Basic stuff first: never be cruel, never be cowardly, and never, ever eat pears! Remember, hate is always foolish, and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind. Oh, and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No one would understand it anyway… except… except children. Children can hear it, sometimes, if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too, children can hear your name. But nobody else. Nobody else, ever. Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind. Doctor… I let you go.”
The universe is a strange place. You stumble upon television shows, theatre performances, or books that lead you in a certain direction. Doctor Who was one of those things for me. It has allowed me to move halfway across the country, it got me to see some amazing places in London, and it continues to make me want to tell fabulous stories across the universe. However, there was something special recently.
The quote above came from Peter Capadi’s last moments as the Twelfth Doctor in the episode ‘Twice Upon a Time’. It’s funny. It’s passionate, but wrapped up in all of that is the repeated idea ‘Be Kind.’
Sometimes, this is one of the hardest things to do. You go about your lie. You’re the only one who sees things through your eyes. You’re the only one who experiences things through your eyes. You are the center of your universe, but there are these other people out there who are centuries of their own universe. I want to talk today about use being kind.
I am not always the kindest of people. I have done things I’m not proud of to people I really are about. On the same note, I’ve been on the other side of things and been hurt by people who stated they cared about me. It’s a hard thing to find this kind of compassion inside yourself. It starts with empathy.
You have to be able to see inside yourself someone else’s experiences, or at least latch on to that. You need to find the similarities or at least understand them to feel for the people. You need to feel their response before you act so that you don’t affect them negatively.
Kindness promotes more kindness. You put yourself out in the world as a positive being, willing to help those people, more kindness will come back to you. This is the law of attraction that books like the Secret explain about in detail. Finding compassion and love for the universe and your fellow man will bring it back.
I can’t help but keep repeating ‘be kind’ in my mind as I write this. I keep picturing the Doctor talking to his future incarnation and leaving this one behind. I then swap over to picturing myself with that as my mantra. ‘Be Kind’. Even recently I’ve done some things that weren’t exactly kind, because it’s not easy. It’s something you work on, and something you internalize. It’s something that you eventually make a part of you.
This is a major part of my journey that I need to work on. It’s not even just being kind to the world outside of me, to people, family, and friends. I also need to learn to be kind with myself. I may not see myself as perfection, but I am. I have been sculpting my life into a work of art both in terms of me physically and my actual art. It will all come together if I don’t get in my own way and promote positivity.
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