I have written a lot about the importance of kindness and the value I feel it has not only in our lives, but the effect it has on other people and the Earth. And, while I was away in the glorious sunshine, and floating in the pool, I was deemed a little crazy when I'd rescue the bees that landed in the pool. I'd scoop them up in my hand, and place them on the rocks to dry and they'd fly away and carry on. Why? Because I can, and what you put out in the Universe comes back three fold. And as I dried off, I got to having the conversation about why I feel the way I do about kindness towards even the little creatures like the bees. Turns out, it's this book.
When I was a little, my mom had this book on the book shelf. It's one of the only Disney books I remember. I was more of a Dr. Seuss/Bernstein Bears kind of girl. (If you can find this book for your littles, please do. I emplore you to feed their kindness, and read this book every single day.)
This is a book where Goofy learns the purpose and rewards of being kind. The thing is, he didn't have to try to be kind. He just was. He is kind to all the creatures he encounters, and the Universe, is, in turn, kind to him. I can tell you, without hesitation, that this book came into my thoughts every single time I avoided killing a spider (yes, this is why I take them outside. Bees too.) for my whole existence.
I actually found it astounding that a book I read as a child had such an impact on who I became; which prompted another chat about exactly that - the things that you can pin point as having shaped part of who you became as an adult - like this book, and for me, The Velveteen Rabbit. So when you think something as simple as book or a movie won't impact your kids - you may be wrong. Choose the words they hear wisely - they may be etched in who they become.
For kindness and all of the things that brought to being the human I am - grateful.