McCauley Musings

Be Kind to Yourself

Kindness is a value that is taught to everyone, and which most people would say they hold in high esteem. Being kind to others is something we are supposed to do. It’s moral, it’s correct, and it is part of what makes a person good and decent.

Often, kindness can be conveyed in simple acts, like picking something up that someone else has dropped, or holding open a door for another person. Kindness and generosity often go hand-in-hand, through the donation of goods or money to worthy causes, or taking the time to volunteer.

However, kindness can sometimes be delivered in a less likely package. For example, learning how to set good personal boundaries and when to say no to the requests of others can be one of the kindest things a person can do for themself and for others.

In fact, when we talk about kindness, we often discuss acts of kindness towards others, and not to ourselves. Yet being kind to ourselves is important for our physical and mental health. Learning how to get rid of negative self-talk and replacing those inner tapes with positive affirmations is one way to express kindness to yourself. We are told to say kind things to each other, but not as much to say kind things to ourselves.

Another way to be kind to yourself is by avoiding people who bring you down, and filling your social circle with people who lift each other up. Negativity tends to be contagious. So is happiness. And so is kindness, because your actions might inspire others to be kind as well.

Remember to be kind to yourself.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Water is Life from Edmonton to Ottawa – The Water is Life mural that was painted at iHuman in September. The project was led by Isaac Murdoch, who partnered with Christi Belcourt to raise awareness of water issues. Belcourt was in Ottawa the same weekend where another mural was created. Maigan van der Giessen

  • Boyle Street Block Parties – Four Community Gatherings were hosted by the City of Edmonton this summer at the future Kinistinâw Park at 96 Street between 102A and 103 Avenue in Boyle Street. Many Boyle Street residents attended the events throughout the summer, and participated in activities as well as had a bite to eat. Shannon Murray

  • PARK(ing) Day 2017 – PARK(ing) Day took place on September 15. It is a worldwide movement to reclaim public spaces by turning parking stalls into temporary art installations. Edmonton’s event took place along 101 Avenue near 97 Street and featured a number of interactive installations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Boyle McCauley Pharmacy Celebrates Five Years – Boyle McCauley Pharmacy and Home Health Care celebrated its fifth anniversary on September 16 with a community barbecue. The business is located at 10817 95 Street. Paula E. Kirman

  • Annual EDLC BBQ – The 28th Annual Edmonton and District Labour Council’s BBQ for the Unemployed and Underemployed took place in Giovanni Caboto Park on September 4. Once again, the line for food extended throughout the park, as guests were served by volunteers from unions, as well as local politicians. Paula E. Kirman

  • PARK(ing) Day 2017 – PARK(ing) Day took place on September 15. It is a worldwide movement to reclaim public spaces by turning parking stalls into temporary art installations. Edmonton’s event took place along 101 Avenue near 97 Street and featured a number of interactive installations. Paula E. Kirman

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