Sometimes kindness disguises itself in subtle forms. Like patience, compromise, compassion or just a listening caring ear. It can be a simple hug or a shoulder massage mixed in with words of comfort. All of these things were part of my world this week.
This was the first sunrise of June in Melbourne, the first day of Winter. I stepped out on our balcony and it was like the colored sky was brimming with new hope.
The cold mornings have made me realise how much I have to be grateful for … a warm home, food and running water and a roof over our head. And our kind words which can impact others and make (or break) their day.
I tried to stay mindful this week of being kinder to others around me, of seeking out opportunities to reach out and make a difference, however small.
I spoke to a girl working at the supermarket check-out, engaging her in conversation, hearing about her upcoming exams, wishing her well.
I handed an older woman my empty basket another day, when she was clearly struggling with a lot of heavy items in her arms.
In the supermarket carpark this week I found $40 cash behind a car. Assuming it belonged to the woman who’d just got in the car I knocked on her window and asked if it was hers. I’m still not sure whether it was or not but I wouldn’t have felt right taking it.
I connected on a deeper level with a blogger friend who’s going through tough times.
I visited mum. Each time it breaks my heart but I try and reach her soul even though she can’t speak or respond. A hug and gentle touches, smiles, caring words … I hope that on some level she understands and knows I’m there for her.
I saw this sign down the street this week. It’s so true. Kind words have the ability to warm our hearts and turn an icy season into a warm place of refuge.
But I’ll be honest, although I like to think I’m a naturally kind person, there are days when I’m cranky and moody, when I’m less than tolerant, when the curtness and eye rolling of my teenagers gets to me and I lose my cool. This challenge is forcing me to take a step back, to listen more, really listen and react less.
So that’s what I’m trying to do. Taking the time to focus on what really matters. And hopefully, in doing that life will be better, not just for me but for everyone around me.
Have a great week, be mindful, be kind and remember, even the smallest act of kindness can have a huge impact. I’m learning that every day.
I wish you all peace, happiness and love as we continue the journey.
This is in response to Niki’s Kindness Challenge Week 4