Ever since I wrote the post about the young boy (Dalton) at the mall who was so kind to Ollie, I’ve been intrigued with the idea of being grateful and seeking out kindness.
Kindness is infectious. It motivates. It changes hearts. It lifts the broken in spirit. It parts the dark and dreary clouds. It’s a connector between human beings. It unifies.
However, if it goes unnoticed, the affects of it decrease. How can you feel changed by kindness if you don’t see it?
This young woman, for example, is our roommate from Japan. She came to study English and would like to be a teacher. Her role in Eugene, Oregon is to go to school and study. Also it is to integrate into our family. However… she spends at least a half an hour EVERY SINGLE MORNING playing with Ollie. She is kind. Her kindness touches our house in a special way.
I’ve been thinking… what if we all noticed one thing a day where someone imparted kindness to us? It’s not like we’d be making something up…
Or neglecting to tend to the pain in our lives (which you all know I care deeply about!).
We would simply be taking in a bigger picture of what’s happening around us. Yes, there is a lot of pain in the world. Yes, the struggle is real! Yes, it’s difficult! And for all of you parents out there, there is ALWAYS something to tend to and care for. But SIMULTANEOUSLY there is kindness happening.
SO… I am inviting you to join me in noticing kindness around you. And I would be SOOOO delighted if you would share with me and with others in the comment feed, just what that kindness is. How wonderful would it be to see the kindness that’s happening in the world? While the News is broadcasting the terror and pain in the world, we can have a healthy dose of good as well.
I’d like to invite you to post daily for one week, starting Sunday September 25th… Just ONE week! I’ll have a Facebook feed about this as well. Feel free to Share it on your own pages! Make a plan, because life is busy. When will you post? Before work, in bed at the end of the day, during lunch?
Start with the name, or you can put “Stranger”. Then put a description of what they did that impacted you or another human being. If you have it in you, explain “why” it was so influential to you.
It doesn’t have to be long! We just want to SEE kindness and know that others are searching for it as well.
Henry- At just two years old, he always makes sure everyone is invited. In just 3 hours I’ve been invited to snuggle, play trains, eat with him, and read books together. In the world of “ME” I tend to look inward instead of outward. His ability to seek after people inspires me!
Are you Ready?!!… Set… Go!