What an incredible journey! I have learned so much about myself during this 7 week adventure. While I didn’t consider myself one of these people that’s so kind it makes your heart melt when you’re around them, I also didn’t consider myself unkind before the challenge. After focusing on incorporating kindness in its many forms in my life, I’ve found that it’s enhanced my personal 3 year journey to be the best version of myself. Not only does it feel great to be kind to other people but it helps to keep me in a better frame of mind.
After struggling with depression for most of my adult life, I find it very hard to go to those dark places when I’m always on the lookout for good things around me and constantly trying to find an opportunity to be kind to someone. Even the smallest ways I can help make someone’s life better, easier, or happier brings great joy to my day. I’ve been practicing gratitude for years and that continues to be one of the best things that I can do to guard my mind from the negativity around me and uplift my thoughts and emotions almost instantaneously.
This has been such a rewarding experience. It’s really given me a better perspective to look at life. I’ve carried week 1 with me throughout the journey because it’s really important to me to remember that I also need to be kind to myself (whatever that may look like in the moment). Living a simple life is very important to me and part of that is living a kind and gentle life. This challenge has given me a sense of purpose. This has definitely upgraded my current journey and my family has taken notice. I’m not as quick to react because I take the time I need to process things (especially in frustrating circumstances) before reacting. My daughter loves that my life is focusing on kindness both in the home and outside of it and that encourages and reminds me to live in a place of kindness. This has become a major aspect of my lifestyle. There is always room for more kindness and I’ll continue to look for ways to increase it in my life and help spread it into the world around me.