We’ve talked a lot about kindness here at Champagne Missives. In particular, about the importance of deliberate, conscious acts of kindness. In my post ‘Committing to kindness‘, I wrote about how when we act kindly we deepen our connection with people – even those we don’t know. Acts of kindness, be they small or large, have the power to change lives, to enrich our existence, deepen our experience and, potentially, heal us as a people.
Since that first post, I’ve kept talking to others about the power of kindness and how good it feels when we act with kindness as our intent. I’ve also acknowledged that it isn’t always easy. There are days when I am so tired, run down and cranky that it’s all I can do to find the calm. But I also recognise that kindness can provide great perspective, particularly on those hard days. Dipping into that delicious cocktail of kindness is often exactly what we need not just to keep our heads above water, but to dive and frolic and enjoy the experience.
I also believe that kindness is like a muscle – the more you flex it the stronger it gets and the easier it is. Insights into how to be kind flow and expand like energy, and the heart and soul warm. How amazing would it be if we could harness that energy! It could potentially power the world…
So for the month of September I’ve decided to add some weight to the bar and strengthen my kindness muscle even more – by committing to ‘an act of kindness every day’. Think: ‘energy x energy = energy’. What would happen if I became my own force-multiplier?
I’ll aim to update you each week with how I did… and I’d love it if you would join me on this adventure and then share your own experiences and ideas via comment. I’m going to use the Kindness Cards I received from the WakeUpProject – follow the link to get your own too!
To get us all started, here are some ideas for ways to act kindly:
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee (i.e. the person standing behind you in line). Who knows, maybe it will start a conversation that will change your life.
- At lunchtime, buy an extra sandwich and drink for the guy with his cap in hand. He has a story.
- Say ‘good morning / afternoon’ and ‘thank you’ to the bus driver. They’re the reason you don’t have to drive through peak hour traffic.
- Give up your seat. I have had such joy in my heart when someone has offered me their seat.
- Ask your colleagues if they want coffee. In our office this usually leads to an extra person coming to help carry all those coffees, and ends in conversations that encourage people to lift their eyes from the screen and connect.
- Call a friend you know is going through ‘something’ and check-in on them. Just listen.
- Stop and talk to the elderly man / woman at your local shops. He / She is the foundations of this community.
- Bring in your neighbour’s parcel or mail.
- Share your umbrella.
- Thank the chef. That yummy goodness was down to them!
- Plant some flowers or herbs in that dirt patch outside your apartment complex. Leave a little spade or a watering-can nearby to give others permission to get their hands into the earth and share in the pleasure of watching things grow.
- Send thank you notes – it feels so good to receive them right!
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