How do you show kindness to yourself and others each day?
I recently watch Evan Almighty with my kids (check out the trailer to jog your memory). This movie is circa 2007 and it seemed that many of the details escaped me. The magical powers of Netflix thought it would be a good pick for me and the boys. Well, Netflix was right. So smart!
Wow - what a message this movie has for the viewer. If you have not seen it, I will not over share, but the underlying message is about how we each can change the world. It can seem like such a huge task, that perhaps you have contemplated but come to the conclusion that it is sort of a big thing to do. However, perhaps the feeling continues to nag at us because there is much in this world that is unjust, or tragic or brings sadness. With this Evan is brought the message of Genesis 6:14 (I will leave you to look this up) - it essentially asks him to build an ARK. The movie continues on to spin a great story around this message with a great cast of characters.
But what I want to focus on here is that the movie points to Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) each day is what changes the world. Ultimately, changing the world is broken down into bite size chunks of one act of kindness each day. I loved it and look now you are reading about it, genius!
My question is "What have you done out of kindness either for yourself or another today?" Even though I watched this movie over a few weeks ago - the message keeps coming up for me. I have begun to ask my boys each day, what have you done today to show kindness to yourself or others? So gosh darn simple, but not something that may be at top of mind throughout the day.
I invite you to bring this question forth and start to incorporate it into your day..."What did I do today that was kind?" It could to to ourselves, it could be to our pets, it could be to our children, it could be to our neighbors, be creative!
Here are a few ideas that have come up for me as I began to introduce this concept of "Acts of Random Kindness each day" into my life.
Idea #1: Every time I walk through a door, I open it for another. Okay not huge, but what I have added to this is, I look them straight in the eye and say your welcome after they say thank you. I smile big and send love to them from my heart. Okay, a little intense I know, but try it. The feeling is amazing and changes one simple act into something even more in my book.
Idea #2: When I am about to respond to someone when I do not agree, I put it through the gates that Rumi suggested, "Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?" This too has been simple yet amazing. What has happened is there is less mind chatter and more positive words that are coming out of my mouth and out of my mind. There has been less complaining and more celebrating others for who they are.
Idea #3: Find those little moments to laugh with others. I have found that those I see, sometimes more than my family, my co-workers, are important and sharing those moments of laughter can make the day more enjoyable. If you do not have co-workers, maybe it is one of your family members or a neighbor you see on your morning walks.
The creativity for this is over the top, there are so many opportunities to show kindness to yourself and others. Start to think about it and KNOW that no matter what you come up with, it is CHANGING the world one person at a time.
It all begins with ONE!
Go out and determine what your random act of kindness is going to be today!
Post below on what you decided to implement today to be kind.
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As always, thank you for reading! Happy Mindfulness Monday.