The other day as I was browsing Facebook, I came across a post about smoking babies. It was something along the lines of “radical advertising company hires kids to smoke”. I was appalled and thought that it might be one of those “I can’t believe someone did this” moments. Hoping to be proven wrong, I reluctantly clicked on the article. Turns out that things were not as bad as they sound. An advertising agency did hire kids, but not to smoke. What they had to do was walk over to a person who is smoking and ask for a cigarette. Showing that there is hope for us, the adult would refuse. Interestingly enough, the adult would then launch into a lecture on dangers of smoking. This was shot candid camera style and people went on to list all kinds of dangers, all with a cigarette in their own hand. The ad ended with a question about the difference between how we treat children and how we treat ourselves. It was rather moving.
Think about it. So often we treat others better than ourselves. Don’t believe me? Honestly, would you talk to a dear friend the way you talk to yourself? What about when you make a mistake? What if you actually articulate all you are feeling? And now imagine if you were kind to yourself? Internally? Would not that be something? To be treated as a very special, precious being, believing, knowing that you truly are one.
How do you think your life would change if you were kinder to yourself?
P. S.: As I was looking for a picture for this post, I typed up “smoking babies”. I thought maybe it will find the article I am referring to. Instead I found that not only there are images of babies actually smoking, but also of babies whose parents stick a cigarette in their mouths for photo ops. So, to propagate more of what I want to see instead of something I don’t, I am including a picture that came up on “compassion” search.