Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact. This week the Kindness Challenge was all about observing kindness around us. With my own personal focus on being mindful this month it was a great prompt to keep my eyes open to what was going on around me.
And here’s what I found.
Kindness at the Shops
These two ladies at my local Bakers Delight love their jobs and the people they serve. And it shows. Every single time I walk in there I’m greeted like an old friend.
It’s my favorite bakery. Not because they offer loyalty cards and samples, not because they give away all the left over bread to soup kitchens and dog shelters. But because they always serve everyone with a smile. Yes, it’s their job but you don’t find it everywhere. There’s such a happy and friendly vibe that is instantly contagious.
Kindness across the Ocean
At my son’s secondary school they held a day recently with activities organised to raise money for charity, their brother school in Providence India. Every dollar and cent counted.
This is my son’s tutor group teacher with her class in India last year. And this is where the money they raised went to. I love their smiling faces and knowing the efforts of my son’s house raising money is making a difference in educating children across the world.
And all over the world
The kindness that I see and read from others, not just on my own blog but when I visit others, makes me realise what an amazing community we’re part of.
Where else can strangers, from across the ocean, who have never met each other in person, support, guide, inspire and cheer each other on, in the good times and in challenging times. And become friends. Words are so incredibly powerful.
Kindness at Home
Here at home there were subtle moments of kindness. It can be easy to take the little things for granted. But I stayed mindful of the small things: long hugs from hubby when he got home from work, him ringing me during the day to see how I was doing.
My son unexpectedly massaged his shoulders one night after dinner as he saw how tired he was. My daughter clipped the nails of her guinea pigs when she noticed them getting long and didn’t want them to be in pain. Small things.
Feeding animals, cleaning cages without being asked. Cups of tea made selflessly. Words of encouragement. Everyone pitching in to help around the house.
Kindness on our doorstep
I had an unexpected knock on the door about a week ago. It was my gorgeous neighbor from across the road. Holding a bunch of flowers for me. She said she’d been thinking of me since Mothers Day and thought I might have been sad. I was so touched.
During the course of the week the flowers have opened and bloomed and it feels symbolic.
I feel as though my heart is expanding. Like there’s a shift happening.
I didn’t watch the news. I stayed away from negativity and listened to music and an upbeat radio station. I wrote every day, went to Zumba and spent time with my mum.
If we keep our eyes open there’s kindness everywhere. It’s what we focus on that grows, and will keep growing and blooming. Especially if we all do our bit.
Wishing you all a kind and mindful day as we move purposefully forward into a new week.
This is in response to the Kindness Challenge – Week 2 – Observing Kindness around us