Week 3 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:
- Think kind thoughts so that kind actions will follow
- Accept and release thoughts that aren’t kind and replace them with kind thoughts
- Use everyday opportunities to practice acting out of kindness
- React with kindness especially when it’s hard to
- Be more kind to those you live with
- Be more kind to those you work with
- Be more kind to those around you
- Be kind in thoughts, actions, and words
- Remember kindness comes in many forms: courteousness, generosity, thoughtfulness, sympathy, empathy.
Tip: It will take practice, don’t be hard on yourself. When you find yourself correcting your thoughts and actions, do so gently. Acknowledge the room for growth and make a note to do better the next time you are presented with an opportunity to act or reactwith kindness.
Week three challenge has opened my eyes immensely.
- It was the moment when: talking with a colleague and walking away, I said, ” It was great talking with you”. Her response was perky and sweet and sincere.
- It was the moment when: riding on the bus, a fellow passenger did not have enough money on his pass. I stood up and handed him what was needed for his ride. His look of gratitude and bewilderment of “you didn’t have to do this but thank you”.
- It was the moment when: a construction crew, working in the hot sun and I said, “thank you for opening up our sidewalk again”. The brightness of his smile for being noticed and appreciated for his work.
- It was the moment when: a co-worker needed my full attention and assist her with a problem. I stopped my task and tentatively listened and responded with a solution. The twinkle in her eye stated she felt heard and understood.
- It was the moment when: walking on campus and I purposely looked someone in the eye and simply smiled. The smile in return let me know the person felt noticed.
- It was the moment when: I listened and empathically heard my mother’s frustration and anguish of not being able to use her primary hurt hand. By the end of our call, I heard a lightness and a subtle change in her voice letting me know she knew how much I loved her and cared.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
May you seek ways of showing and responding to kindness in your journey of life.