A Kind Heart
Copy: Serena Faber Nelson
Styling: Serena Faber Nelson
I rarely share a lot of personal details on Pretty Fluffy – but when I do have the urge to share something with you, it rarely goes away.
For the past few weeks as I’ve inched closer and closer to the due date of my first (two-legged!) child, I’ve often been asked questions about my hopes for my future offspring.
Will they be sporty? Will they be vegetarian like me? Will they love dogs? What do I want to pass on to them? While I normally answer this jokingly with “my eyes and my husband’s legs”, I’ve actually had much more clarity about the one thing I hope my child grows up to have.
I want my daughter to have a kind heart.
A heart that is kind to others.
A heart that is kind to animals and the world we share with them.
A heart that is kind to herself.
For when I look around at the world we live in, a kind heart can do so much. A kind heart can offer friendship and a listening ear to someone who may see no point in going on. A kind heart can offer a safe home to an abused animal who has so much love to share. A kind heart doesn’t beat itself up if it’s not perfect 100% of the time.
When I look around the world today I see a lot of people who have hidden the kind parts of the hearts away. People who think nothing of destroying our environment to make a quick buck. People who hold vanity and image above the gifts they can offer the world. People who don’t believe in themselves, although they are perfect just the way they are.
Why is it that we hide our kind hearts away? Is it because as we get older we’re told to toughen up? To have a thicker skin? To put ‘sensible’ pursuits like money, business and material goods above love, respect and empathy?
One of the saddest facts I have ever learnt is that laboratories specifically choose to use Beagle dogs in many of their animal experiments because of their kind hearts. No matter what they are subjected to or made to endure, these beautiful creatures continue to be trusting and loving. Perhaps that’s why so many of us choose to hide our hearts away – the fear of our kindness being abused.
But we must remember, kind hearts change the course of history. Kind hearts stop wars, save animals from extinction, protect the innocent and voiceless, and make this world a better place.
So today I ask you to reconnect with your kind heart. Do something selfless for someone else without asking anything in return. Donate to your favourite animal charity. Change a daily habit to one that’s more environmentally friendly. Switch up that internal monologue and tell yourself how awesome you are. Any small step brings that little bit more kindness into the world.
As for my daughter, and future generations, I hope they grow up with kind hearts.
The world needs more of them.