Attention all 2016 Kindness Challenge participants!
Last week we focused on self-kindness, I encourage you to incorporate aspects from last week’s focus in the weeks ahead. Just because we move forward doesn’t mean that you’re expected to have it mastered in a week. If you feel lead to repeat last week, honor that! This is a journey, not a race! We might move onto new “assignments” but we can still review the exercises and the lessons.
This week we are going to focus on observing kindness. All too often people talk about the sad state of the world we live in today. I’m not sure if the world has gotten worse, or if we just hear about it more often and more quickly thanks to instant updates. I challenge you this week to be more in-tune with the good things going on around you. If you focus on trying to see the good things, I’m willing to bet you’ll see things you might not have noticed if you weren’t looking for them. No form of kindness is too small! Kindness is displayed in many ways, so if you aren’t seeing it try looking for the “little” things first.
This week’s focus is to observe the kindness around you.
Please bookmark this post so it’s easy to find as you’ll want to pingback (link) your reflection for week 2 here! The current challenge post will be featured on the homepage for easy access or you can click on the “Weekly Links” under the Kindness Challenge page to find your way back here.
Week 2 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:
- Look for kindness in your family and friends (what are ways that you hadn’t realized those in your inner circle show kindness towards you and others?)
- Look for kindness in acquaintances (at work, restaurants, places you visit frequently)
- Look for kindness in strangers (at the store, the gas station, the gym, the park etc.)
- Take notes of the kindness you witness
- Take pictures of the kindness you see
- Come up with your own way to observe kindness around you
Tip: To take this a step further, don’t watch the news for a week. While it’s important to stay informed on current events, you can probably do without the flood of negativity in most news broadcasts. Try finding an alternative online newspaper covering good news and events. Don’t worry you’ll still be informed of the major events through friends and family even if you don’t hear about it first hand.
Week 2 blog prompt- After practicing the exercises for the week:
Tell about your experience! What was it like looking for the good around you? Were you surprised to witness so many good things? Did you notice things you might not have if you weren’t looking for them? How did it make you feel? Did you refrain from watching the news or reading news articles? What was it like? What impact did this have on you? Share your experience however you like!
Be sure to pingback to this post so that we can read each other’s experiences along the journey. To maximize the reach of this challenge, use this hashtag on social media #RevofKindness.
Don’t forget to check out fellow bloggers’s posts. Pingbacks are in the comments section. Show them some love on their posts, let’s interact and encourage one another!
For details on how the challenge started see this post.
Sign up here. There is no deadline to start. If you miss the start date, feel free to start from week 1 and work your way through the challenge, we’ll be waiting for you at the finish line!