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akindplace · a day ago
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tikkety-tok · 16 days ago
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Drive-by kindness🥰
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What it means when we say You’re Not The Only One:
There are people out there who understand how you’re feeling 👫
There are people out there who have made the same mistakes 😥
You are not some aberration out of 7.5 billion people 🌏
You are not the worst, you are one of many. You are not alone. 💖
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thepeacefulgarden · 28 days ago
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And stop comparing how well you handle what's on your plate with how other people handle what's on their plates, too.
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bornthiswayfoundation · 25 days ago
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The world had been heavy. Let’s lift each other up.🎈Join @bornthiswayfoundation’s #BeKind21 challenge by pledging to do one act of kindness a day for 21 days (and beyond ✨) this September! Learn more + sign up at https://bornthisway.foundation/bekind21/
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animanightmate · 5 months ago
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I wrote an essay about the importance of rage, kindess (as opposed to niceness), and justice as highlighted in Pratchett's work, and posted it in a group of Pratchett fans on Facebook. It went like this:
This one [is directly relevant to Pratchett and his work] and covers: Anger and Kindness, among other things.
It's taken me a while to work it out, but one of the reasons why I still engage so strongly with Pratchett's work is because of these two themes running through the thoughts and actions of pretty much every main character to whose point of view we get to bear direct witness. That, and the notion of Justice as opposed to Mercy.
Pratchett's main characters are almost all angry, often as a ground state of being - Granny Weatherwax and Commander Vimes springing immediately to mind. Polly Perks (and, to be fair, pretty much everyone except perhaps Lieutenant Blouse in Monstrous Regiment), Archchancellor Ridcully, The Patrician, Susan Sto Helit, Esk, Glenda Sugarbean, Agnes/ Perdita Nitt, Angua von Uberwald, and Tiffany Aching, to name a few more, are people to whom rage comes easily, and is a motivating force. Even those who are seen as generally more easygoing or placid of temperament have illuminating moments of anger which tip them over the edge to somewhere inspired, and that click of fully engaged rage is often a pivotal moment (for a near perfect example: Magrat's core is revealed to be sheer, molten ire when her personality is ablated by the Faerie Queen).
That's not to say that inchoate choler is venerated - the malicious, bubbling spite of Corporal Strappi is vilified as destructive, and the ever-seething, undirected bile of Mister Tulip is likewise outlined as useless because he is unable to focus it himself (hence depending on Mr. Pin's guidance).
Which brings us to kindness. Pratchett's heroes have all realised, at some level or other, that anger is a force that can - and should - be used for good. Weatherwax and Vimes, in particular, are constantly vigilant against the darkness inherent inside themselves which could snap at any moment under the weight of a wicked world and set it alight for a better one to be rebuilt from the ashes. They know that they shouldn't (it's pretty much treating people as things, after all), but that's ever constant. That's not to say, however, that the anger is never shown, utilised openly, or acknowledged by those around them. Vimes and Granny have both owed their survival against powerful, wicked creatures to rage's primal surge, but also to the enormous, almost terrifying love they bear the world.
Granny tells us that kind is not the same as nice. Nice is pretty, petty, and a lie. Nice is slapping an attractive plaster over a wound without cleaning it properly first, or dealing with the thing that caused the injury in the first place. Nice paints a gloss over injustice and asks us all to be quiet for the sake of those for whom the world works just as it should. Nice is self-delusion, and a wilful one at that. Which isn't to say that we should never indulge in a little of that - peel every cover off the world and it's too much, too raw, all at once, and we all need our masks in this world of fake it til you make it - but the Turtle cannot move if it never acknowledges the epic tides against which it must strive, and the Turtle Moves. It must.
Because justice moved Pratchett and, through him, all his finest creations. His villains were remarkable for their ability to subvert justice, to delude - themselves and/ or others - and to take and take for the sake of sometimes strange, but, all too often, all-too relatable motives. Money, power, comfort and, above all: control. And his heroes were glorious for their ability to see past the smoke and mirrors, the age-old inequities held up as a normalcy that must be protected at all costs, and tear through unjust conventions to make the necessary changes for everyone to step that bit closer to being truly free, with all its inherent terrors and responsibilities.
Pratchett wasn't nice, or whimsical - he was angry and (increasingly explicitly) vocal about justice in his works. And none of his heroes - our heroes - are either. They are kind, they serve justice, and they kick arse on behalf of those with less power, but they are neither nice, nor insipid, nor silent. And neither should we be.
Change is uncomfortable. Change feels like a death, which is why, no matter how positive the shift, we all move through the grief cycle of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance and exploration. True bravery is being afraid of the pain of righteous change, of letting go of who we were, of bidding farewell… and doing it anyway.
Be brave, [Pratchett Fans]. Be bold and angry and loud about justice, and strive for true equity.
The Turtle Moves. And so should you.
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777shawty · 2 months ago
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fall in love with taking care of yourself. fall in love with the path of deep healing. fall in love with becoming the best version of yourself but with patience, with compassion and respect to your journey.
-s. mcnutt
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positiveautistic · 18 days ago
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Choosing to heal will probably be your most dreaded, toughest decision you will ever make. But that decision will also change your life, and you are going to be so proud of yourself. This journey will show you how brave, fragile, resilient and stubborn you are. But most importantly, you will be so happy and proud you kept going, even when you wanted to go back.
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whoistheasshole · 7 months ago
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If you're anxious interacting with other people, especially strangers, I've got a tip for you: Focus on being kind. Not nice, kind.
"Nice" means acting in a manner that others might deem acceptable and ... nice. It enforces a mindset that is already strong when you're an anxious person: The focus lies outside of yourself, worrying what others might think, seeing yourself through the (imagined) eyes of other people. Therefore it is best avoided.
"Kind" means behaving in a manner that you think aligns with your values. You decide if you are showing the other person the respect they deserve. Which might be none, if they're an asshole. The magical thing is, if you focus on being kind during an interaction, you stay anchored in your own experience instead of anxiously wondering about the other person's perspective.
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When you feel like hell, being told “but one day you won’t!” can often come across as dismissive, trite, and disingenuous. Like, yeah, one day, but not this day. So if that’s where you are right now, smack dab in the middle of The Bad Times, it’s ok that the promise of a better future isn’t enough to make you feel better in the present.  Yeah, you’ll get there one day, but in the meantime; know that you are intrinsically worthy of kindness and love, even when you’re angry and hurt and not ok 💖
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