As promised, here is the post with the details on the challenge. In this post I explained that when I reached 500 followers I wanted to start a challenge. The focus of this challenge is kindness.
I think we get enough bad news from the media and even drama in our lives or the lives of those around us. One thing that I have noticed is that by switching my focus, things have changed. When I watched the news I always focused on negative things and my attention was consumed by negative things my peers, coworkers and acquaintances talked about.
Over the past two years I’ve been making a conscious effort to focus on the good things in life. That’s not to say that I’m not aware of my surroundings or that I’m not empathetic. I’m just trying to attract what I want, so I make myself find the good in every situation. In the spirit of gratitude for the 500 people that chose to follow my blog, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate challenge than one of focusing on kindness.
I originally intended for this to be a week long challenge but I thought about it. It has taken me two years to get to the point that I’m at. While a week is nice, I don’t think it’s long enough to make the lasting change I’m hoping it will in your life.
The blog part of the challenge will only be one post for each week so that it doesn’t hinder you from participating. There are no rules for the post, you can make it as long or short as you want. Capture a photo of a moment, write a poem or a song, the reflection of the week is up to you. Just post about it at the end of the week.
Please spread the word. I want as many people as possible to be aware of this and participate. If you can shift your thoughts, you can shift your perspective and your attitude. Let’s do our part to make the world around us a kinder place.
To help you kick-start shifting your focus towards looking for positive things around you, I encourage you to check out this website I discovered while trying to find the international day of kindness. It’s not until the end of the year and I don’t want to wait that long to start my challenge, but it did bring me to this website dedicated to random acts of kindness!
What do you think about this challenge? Will you sign up for it? Do you think it will work? Have you ever tried something like this before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.