These days it can be hard sometimes to see past the negativity.
There may be times when its hard to see past our own problems, or the issues of those around us.
Especially when the negativity is right there – flying around faster than the speed of light.
We can very easily get caught up in the small things.
One small detail can set us off and send us spiralling.
It can be hard to come back up and see the good – see the light of potential.
Nothing in life is perfect – perfection doesn’t, and shouldn’t exist.
Being perfect implies that there is no room for improvement. Nothing could possibly be changed or altered to make something or someone better.
There is always room to be better, do better, or even try different options.
So if we encounter something less than satisfactory – this isn’t a be all and end all.
This is just another opportunity to try something new.
Look for another option.
Strive to be or do better.
And while this is true for ourselves and what we do in our day to day lives, its true for others as well.
If we can offer ourselves a little grace time and time again, we can do it for others too.
Within our Sentinel family we strive to help others learn from their mistakes or missteps rather than dwell on what they did that maybe could have been done another way.
We train our team especially in a leadership capacity, to use these moments as teachable opportunities.
While someone may have done something wrong, or in a manner that could have been better handled otherwise, we take the opportunity to coach and guide. Give direction on how things were handled, shed light on what was, and bring attention to what should be or even could be.
Everyone makes mistakes. We are all only human after all.
However if we dwell on the negativity of actions rather than coach and guide to better responses, we are failing our counterparts and even ourselves.
We are succumbing to the negativity that society so easily falls back on.
We’re cheating at life by taking the easy way out.
Ignoring the power of what could be.
It is very easy to get caught up in our own daily lives.
We build a routine, we build structure. Any small change or ripple could throw everything off balance – or make it seem that way.
We can get overwhelmed by the possibility of not having complete control.
The thought of having to take time – precious time – out of our own day to help guide or coach another, especially when there is very good potential that we may not reap the rewards of another’s future successes.
It can be too much.
This is where the power of kindness comes into place.
By taking the time to help others – even in a small way, even in a way that may not benefit us, this is the power of kindness.
And while it may seem first hand that the act of kindness itself is bringing positivity and light to those that we are helping – there are benefits that pertain to our own interests too.
We are feeding off of the energy of the act of kindness itself, and we’re learning about ourselves and our capabilities in the process.
Learning how we can grow by helping others.
Using teaching opportunities as a chance to learn while we teach one another.
Learning together ways that we can work as a team and provide as a team in more ways than one.
The power of kindness goes both ways – if only we take the extra few minutes out of a day to find it, and use it to its fullest potential.
The power of kindness will leave others feeling better about themselves, and their day – and ourselves too by knowing we took an opportunity to help.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.
With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.
Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.
Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.