Kindness Challenge Week 6 & 7

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As I end the kindness challenge, I have combined week 6 & 7 into my post.

Week 6: Think of someone who has inspired you to be better, kinder and gentler.

That someone has been my Lord Jesus Christ.  He inspires me to be all I can be, to serve him, and my fellow mankind.

2 Timothy 2:24

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,”

Psalms 63:3

“Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”

Psalms 117:2

“For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.”

My Lord Jesus Christ will always be my inspiration. Praise God!  The man on earth who inspired me was: my Gramps.

My grandfather showed me these traits as well.  He was a man of great integrity, strength and endurance.  He was my rock when life started to crumble.

At age 14, my Gramps started his own dairy farm and continued until he was 86 years young.  He knew what hard work was and persevered day after day, and didn’t let anything get in his way.  He had a chicken house and tended to the chickens right up to the day he died.  He died at age 92 years old.

I miss him dearly and know I will see him again one day but until then I will continue to remember all he taught me. I will remember how to get up after a stumble,  how to continue after a heartache and how to love unconditionally. I will remember his kindness and gentleness.

My Gramps –

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Week 7:  Do something kind and keep it to yourself.

Since week 7 is to keep it to yourself, all I can say is I am enjoying the kindness – I have allowed myself this week.  🙂

Keep Breathing by Kerrie Roberts

May you continue to show kindness, speak kindness, find kindness, hear kindness and allow your heart to be open to kindness to yourself.

 

Kindness Challenge- I Saw Heaven

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Kindness Challenge Week 5

Week 5 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:

  • Make a list of all of the kind things that happened to you today
  • Keep a journal handy to write details of something kind you’d like to remember
  • Find 5 kind things about your day
  • Focus on the things you have that money can’t buy
  • Say a few words of thanks for the kindness you noticed in your day
  • Meditate before bed and start off with focusing your thoughts on all that you’re thankful for today
  • Come up with a mantra or affirmation of appreciation you repeat before bed
  • Let thoughts of today’s kindness be the last place your mind goes as you go to bed
  • Extend the gratitude by expressing it to the people that showed you kindness
  • Come up with your own exercise

Tip: Remember, kindness comes in many forms. Focus on filling your thoughts and heart with all of the good things that happened today. This will make it easier to recognize kindness disguised as thoughtfulness, courtesy, generosity, sympathy, helpfulness or any other ways it might show up in your day.

If you aren’t currently on week 5 of the challenge, click here to find the post for the week you’re on.

As I continue in week 5 of the Kindness Challenge, I am sharing my end of the day kindness. I continue to incorporate the previous weeks challenges and feel a change of heart is happening as each week passes.

I am the one who is the “cheerleader” of our work team.  I am the one to focus on the positive. I am the one who tries to see the good in all people.  Many times, I have heard, “You live in a fairy land and not reality.”  At times this was hurtful, however, as the years pass I decided living positively is more important to myself and if others don’t choose this way of life, it’s about them and not me.  I am the one at the end of the day who needs to feel good about me.

It happened very slowly about 5 years ago, I had surgery and there was a complication.  It seems no one has or will understand what happened but I lost 7 days and 34 days in the hospital, along with a very long road of months of recovery.  Once, I was on the mend, others filled in the pieces of memories and events which took place. My mother shared with me, do you remember telling me you saw heaven.  Apparently, I was at a very low period and seven doctors surrounded me.  Right before they asked my mother to step out, I said to her, “Mom, I saw heaven.”  I so wish I could remember but by faith I truly believe I did and it was a turning point in my life.  It was time to get back on track with my Saviour Jesus Christ.

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I am currently in my third year of reading at least one passage of scripture a day, out of the living word of God-my bible.  I have read the bible from Genesis to Revelations. I have attended several bible studies and continue to dig deeper into the word of God.  God’s word is my strength, my hope, my joy and my salvation.  I am the most happiest when I start and finish my day reading the bible.  I am not trying to boast or sound prideful but it’s a lifestyle I am not going to change.  It’s about finding joy, peace and comfort in times of hardship and trouble.  It’s about knowing I am loved for me and I am made special just for God.  It’s the most simplest and free gift – to read God’s living word.

At the end of my days this week, here are some passages which filled my heart with joy and I hope they fill yours as well.

Psalms
Chapter 117

O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Isaiah 54:8

“In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.”

Colossians 3:12

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

Proverbs 19:22

“The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.”

Romans 12:10

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

RevofKindness – Miss Manners

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Kindness Challenge Week 4 -Miss Manners

Week 4 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:

  • Make eye contact and greet people around you
  • Hold the door for the person entering behind you
  • Compliment 5 people
  • Say “please” and “thank you” often
  • Address a stranger by their name (server, barista, cashier, janitor, etc.)
  • Take something special to your coworkers (bake a breakfast, offer snacks, etc.)
  • Leave a bowl of water out for stray animals
  • Make a few care bags for the homeless (mini toothpaste, toothbrush, hand wipes, lotion, tissues, chapstick, a bottle of water, soft snacks, etc.)
  • Be a listening ear for someone, listening in earnest and not just to reply
  • Mow a neighbor’s lawn
  • Give someone a handwritten note letting them know you appreciate them
  • Volunteer a couple of hours of your time to a cause you care about
  • Find more ideas here, join me and sign up to be a RAKtivist!
  • Come up with your own exercise

Tip: Kindness doesn’t need to be reserved for special occasions, tallied or capped. You can’t spread too much kindness! The more you practice, the more it becomes apart of your lifestyle and the less you need to think about being kind- you just are.

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Each morning and evening as I jump on and off the bus to work, I make sure I say “thank you”.   At times, I wonder does the driver actually hear me or does the driver actually sense I am being sincere.

I went food shopping this week and was pleasantly surprised, I received an act of kindness from an anonymous person.  I shop at a store where it takes a quarter to get the shopping cart and when you return the cart to the designated cart rack, you receive your coin back. Only this time,  the cart was free from the other carts. Meaning, I didn’t have to insert my coin to get the cart, as someone had left it for the next person to use.  I realize this doesn’t cost anything as you give and get back your coin but it was the idea of, what if I didn’t have a quarter or what if I was disabled and struggling to get my cart or what if I was an elderly person and just plain needed the help.  As I was leaving the checkout line, I smiled and told the cashier, “thank you”. I finished my shopping and decided to leave the cart free for the next person.  It was such a simple act, perhaps I could be of help.

My other act of kindness was asking a friend to take a walk with me. I know the friend has been struggling with several issues.  I know I could be an earnest listening ear, as Niki states above.  I wanted the chance to let my friend know I could listen.  I might not have any answers or even solutions but could be there as a sounding board. Unfortunately, she was too busy to get away but her sincere “thank you” was enough for me to know I had touched the friend’s heart.

Many times, please, thank you, your welcome and etc. can be said without meaning it or heard without acknowledging the sincerity behind it. This week I intentionally spoke words of kindness with full sincerity and a big smile.  It’s such a small simple act which can mean so much to both the giver and the receiver.

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RevofKindness – React with kindness!

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RevofKindness – Kind Energy week 3

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.

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  • 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.

John 13:34

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.

RevofKindness – in the news

Kindness Challenge Retake week 2

I have joined the Kindness Challenge.  My week two was about my mother and the acts of kindness I witnessed.  However, I told Niki I really wanted to focus on kindness in the news and photos.  I decided to do another short retake of week 2 and was challenged to find “positive news”.  I did have to do some searching but did manage to find some very beautiful acts of kindness in the news.

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Random acts of kindness in the news

  • A college student started a free lawn service for people who are elderly or disabled (May 10, 2016)

 

  • Back in October, a 5th-grader named Cody decided to start saving his money for something special. He did extra chores around the house, babysat, helped the neighbors with random jobs and set aside his Christmas and birthday money.It took him six months but once he raised a little over $200, he went to his mom and told her he wanted to invite all the teachers he has had at Northern Hills Elementary school to a nice dinner to say ‘thank you’ for everything they have done for him before he heads off to middle school.He designed invitations, delivered them to all his teachers (some had moved beyond the teaching profession so he had to track them down) made the reservation at a nice restaurant, and bought each teacher flowers.On the night of the dinner, he read a speech he had prepared thanking each teacher for all they have done and said he wanted to show each of them he could work hard for them like they all had worked hard for him. He then informed them he would be paying for the entire meal.

    When asked why this was important to him he simply said, “I love my dad. He works so hard for his students and even misses most of our things so he can tutor kids who need extra help. I know my teachers work hard for me so I want to say thank you and show them I can work hard for them, too.”

    That’s teacher appreciation at its finest. He’s only 11, but he gets it.

 

  • Packing Brighter Futures
    Jackson Kelley Age 11, Tristan Kelley Age 9
    West Roxbury, MAHow many boys get excited about school supplies on sale? These two. When Jackson and Tristan were researching local charities for their annual Christmas donations, they learned that many kids in the area needed backpacks. So when they noticed a huge sale on school supplies, they begged their parents to let them buy things for kids who couldn’t afford them. “We thought that to get good jobs and have a good life, you need a good education,” says Tristan. They each used $50 of their own money, and their parents offered a match. That was the beginning of Backpacks for New Beginnings. Since 2009, the nonprofit has donated more than 400 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to local social-service agencies. Their goal this year: 300.
  • Every wedding anniversary is worthy of celebration, but a 70th anniversary is one that deserves something truly special. Chinese couple Deyi, 98, and Cao Yuehua, 97, were married in 1945 at Northern Hot Springs Park in Chongqing. They had four children who, this year, helped them to recreate the wedding photo from so long ago.“My parents are 98 this year,” the couple’s youngest son, 60-year-old Cao Pangpei told CNN. “They have been together for so long, going through the war, the political turmoil and diseases, and can still stay with each other and love each other. We want to help them to commemorate their love.”

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  • What a beautiful act of kindness to honour and obey your husband and wife for 70 years.

 

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2 Peter 1: 4-10

 

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shallneither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: