Tori’s Time: Choosing Kindness


As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in 2019, I find myself feeling a little off-kilter. It feels as if 2018 was a very turbulent year and I would prefer to head into 2019 with excitement and a sense of accomplishment.

For me, the best way to do that is to recognize all that I can be grateful for at this moment.  Especially the little things that I so take for granted.

I am so blessed that I can walk into any grocery store and buy what I want as well as things I don’t necessarily need. I don’t take a home with heat and clean running water for granted and a car that has many more features than I truly need.

So, as many of us do on New Year’s Eve, I could make a list of all things I know I should do in the next twelve months.  I will lose those extra pounds or exercise more. I will spend more time volunteering or mentoring.

I will connect with those dear friends that mean so much to me that there never seems to be enough time to see. And the list continues.

But this year, I am going to claim one thing that I will truly do on a consistent basis for hopefully more than just twelve months. I am choosing kindness.

Each day I will choose to not be frustrated with people who may think differently than I do.  I will not make a judgment about a person that I don’t truly know their circumstances.

I will hold kindness as a belief for each and every day that I can practice and hopefully get better at.

So, I ask you, if you could choose one thing to truly claim to do in 2019, what would it be?


Tori Goodrich is a life, business and professional coach. She is also the co-owner of Gener8tional Connections helping companies work through the great divide. Contact Tori by telephone at 610.613.2127, on the web at, or via email at



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