As my own personal Mindful in May mission draws to a close I reflect on Week 3 of the Kindness Challenge – Focus our Energy and how incredibly powerful our thoughts are in everyday life. How they affect everything we do and everyone around us. What we put out comes back and what we focus on grows, there’s little doubt.
Sometimes I think about a person and within a day they’ll ring.
I’ll declutter a cupboard, purge old papers, clear out and work through old memories and suddenly unexpected opportunities open up.
I’ll write in my journal, visualise in my mind and signs appear around me.
But more than anything I found it’s in my attitude, the words that I speak and the actions that follow that have the most impact.
About a week ago I had a dream about a dear old friend of mine, my best friend actually, who died when she was just 19. Over the past 30 years I’ve kept in touch with her mum. When I moved to Melbourne we sent cards to each other and kept the friendship alive. She would ring me every now and then.
I decided this week, after my dream, it was time I rang her. She was so happy to hear from me. We reminisced about all the years that have passed. I told her I felt as though I’ve lived a lifetime that her daughter didn’t have a chance to. It made me feel sad yet also so incredibly blessed and thankful.
I tried to be more patient with my kids. My son is studying for exams at the moment and he’s so stressed. I’m here for him, not just physically with hugs and affection, but trying to focus on bolstering his mood, calming his nerves, being supportive and helping him get things into perspective. I hope it’s helping.
Mindful kinder energy. I tried to be more conscious of it this week even though I didn’t get out very much. And even though there were times when I felt like I was losing it I kept refocusing my energy on positive thoughts.
I baked a cake for my family. And shared the recipe on my blog!
I spent more time with my sister, reconnecting. Lots of hugs and tears shared as we recounted the past year of mum’s difficult journey, one which still continues. Crying, sharing and caring.
Kindness. It’s in everything that we do, touch and feel. It comes from within and starts with being kind to ourselves. And then reaching out.
If we all do our part the seeds will get bigger and kindness will sprout in all directions.
I wish you all a kind and mindful week ahead as we continue the journey.