• Jon Magnuson

Kindness Comes from the Inside Out

Can you name the largest organ in the human body? Many might say our brain, or perhaps our liver. Is it our stomach or intestines? It’s actually hiding in plain sight. 


The largest organ is our skin!


When I was younger, I loved to be outside riding my bike, playing sports like basketball and golf, or even just hanging by the pool. Unfortunately, years of outside exposure to sunlight can take its toll on our bodies and many of us take our skin for granted. In fact, it is widely stated that much of the major skin damage that leads to skin cancer happens before the age of 20 years old.


When the sun is shining and we want to get outside to get some fresh air or move our bodies, we must be mindful that while we can feel energized from soaking up the sunshine, we can also overdo it and not even know it until it’s too late.


Yes, your skin is the largest organ and we take care of it best when we drink water to hydrate it, bathe it, and we protect it from sun. All of which helps us to be beautiful human beings on the outside. But what if the words we spoke appeared on our skin? Would we still be beautiful?

Our words are how we spread our own sunshine--or rain--on others. So, are we truly projecting our kindness from the inside out and would we be willing to wear the words we speak to others on our skin?  


Today, I’d like you to think about how you share your words with others and consider the impact you have on the people around you.


As compassionate humans, we want to treat our friends and loved ones with kindness. If you are like me, you feel a sense of satisfaction when you do something kind for others. A simple "please" and "thank you" is a good start and sets the tone for almost every interaction. So, how about approaching each conversation with a mindset that starts with the outcome: "When I leave this conversation, this person will feel better than they did before we spoke"?


Think of it in more simple terms. Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it Kind? Is it True? Is it Necessary?


If you can approach every human interaction with the goal of leaving the person feeling better than before you started speaking, you will never have to worry about what those words would look like on your skin.


Now, that’s one way to feel more comfortable in your own skin!