Be Ye Kind

I often tell people that it doesn’t cost anything to be kind and it is one of the most carefree and selfless acts in the world that everyone should try to incorporate into their lives as much as possible. Whenever you go outside the box to help someone else, you are making the world a better place for someone else.

 

Why exactly is kindness such an important aspect of the human existence? How you treat others is a reflection of who you truly are and I don’t know about you, but I want to be the very best version of the person I was meant to be. For those that do not like how they are being treated, then that is the time to change said behavior because at the end of the day you cannot change anyone else’s but your own. Your relationships ultimately act as a mirror into the person you are and it determines how you dictate your life across the board. The following are some principles that you can use to help you treat others in the best light:

 

Do not judge others by their past, but instead help them in building a future.

Two girls sitting and embracing

Of course, we all have a past and while some may be filled with a source of pride, there are some aspects that many people may want to leave behind. Whatever the situation may be, the truth is that we all change and evolve, so judging the past instead of the person in front of you is not helpful to anyone. Treat everyone with respect and help them reach the next part of the journey if you can.

 

Listening with curiosity, speaking with candor, acting with integrity.

 

 

Having the strength to listen and being curious allows relationships to grow and prosper. Speak your truth, let no one take it from you, and know that in the end being yourself is the ultimate goal and proof that you are growing as an individual.

Treat all with kindness, but do it without expecting it in return.

Girl helping the old woman

Being selfless means giving a helping hand and not expecting one back in return necessarily. Do it for those around you, even strangers and it will reap the rewards when you least expect it.

 

There is no need to dim someone else’s shine to make yours look brighter.

 

There is no reason to belittle anyone simply because you are in a position to do so. If you want people to feel special, show that with support and love. Treat all that you encounter with honor.

 

Everyone possesses a story.

 

Well want to be heard, and we all have a story that we can share. Being able to feel as if it can be shared is something that you can give to someone else. By listening and withholding judgment, you are allowing another person to be at ease in your presence. In my experience, being open to the idea of someone else’s life is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give and best of all, it is completely free.

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The Community Fence

I am one of those types that like to stay involved in my community because I believe in giving back in any ways possible. This particular summer I have decided to hook up with people in the neighborhood and restore our local park back to its past brilliance. The duties involved will include replacing and cleaning equipment for new benches for picnics, grills, and fences, and I hopefully have the end result that the community can all come together to get this project off the ground successfully. In order for us to get this done without a hitch, I have taken charge in certain areas by deciding to re-do the fence that surrounds the park. Restoring fences is something that I have experience in and I know that once they have been properly sealed, the entire community will be able to enjoy their splendor and beauty for years to come.

 

There is nothing like a freshly painted fence to make an impression and I have been playing around with a few color schemes that I believe will help the park look its absolute best. Since I have taken up this task, I have decided to also use some of my own supplies, beginning with my reliable and compact paint sprayer that will enable time to get a lot done in no time at all. The majority of wood fences are constructed from cedar since it tends to age more naturally, turning a silver color over time. Still, there are those out there preferring the appearance that painted wood fences give. While painting is not at all difficult, here are some tips to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

 

Gathering Materials

Painting materials

For outdoor use, you will want to use paint that is premium quality and also have a primer that has been formulated specifically for projects. You want to look for those that have UV inhibitors and has been tested to withstand the harshest of elements. And if you are the type of person that thinks all paint brushes are the same, think again. Invest in some better options with bristles that are strong enough for your project, and you will be able to hit those corners and paint with confidence.

 

Painting the Fence Before Putting It Up

 

You should begin painting the fence before it has been put into place. Paint the stringers, boards, and even the posts before you start constructing the fence. Of course, it is easier to paint boards when they are laid in the garage nailed to the fence. The ends of boards should be stained or painted as well, as end boards will be in the elements.

 

Prepping the Fence

Man cleaning the fence

If you have already installed the fence, then the next step is cleaning up before you begin painting. This means clearing it of seeds, cobwebs, and anything else that may be lurking in the corners.

 

Priming the Fence

 

Bare wood should be ideally primed before painted and the methods for applying it are the same as in painting. Just ensure it is dry before moving on.

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