This week’s challenge was to act and react from a place of kindness. I surely have room to increase my percentage but overall, I’m pretty pleased with my efforts. This week kindness looked like-
- Refraining from judgment
- Being considerate
- Thoughtfulness both in words and actions
I can often be found smiling but this week I found myself smiling even when I was just at home alone with my 18 month old. I found myself savoring things in a way that I didn’t before and noticing the gentle and kind things around me. I noticed how my 18 month old will play on her own and come up to me to give me a kiss just because. I noticed how tender my 7 year old is with her baby sister. I noticed how thoughtful my husband is and how nice it was for him to take the girls out for a bit so I could have the house to myself for an hour before I had to get ready for yoga.
I noticed that the more I focused on being kind, the more I recognized the kindness in others. I’m sure there were plenty of moments this week I could have chosen to gripe about but because I was so focused on finding the good, honestly I can’t recall anything- and that’s saying something! My former self could have come up with a list of 10 negative things that occurred in the past day in less than 15 seconds. I love how this challenge is doing exactly what I hoped it would and more.
This week was especially pleasant because I reminded myself that being kind isn’t only doing nice or spontaneous things for people.
Being kind is also about the way that I choose to live my life with the choices I make on a daily basis and the actions that define me as a person.
I still have room to grow but with each kind word, gentle action, and acceptance of others I found it being something I had to think about less and something that took over naturally. I started the week off reminding myself to speak out of kindness, think kind thoughts and react from a place of kindness. As the week went on, I had found myself needing to stop less to repeat my mantra and just let kindness take over. That’s an autopilot that I’m happy to be the driving force behind my actions!
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