It’s become clear these past seven weeks weeks, during the Kindness Challenge hosted so wonderfully by Niki, that kindness is not just one thing. It’s a combination of our thoughts, intents and actions. And when they’re good and you mix them all together you have the basis for a much better world.
It makes me think of a science experiment my son did during the week. He mixed a concoction of milk, some different food dyes and dish washing liquid. All different and all serving their own purposes.
But when he mixed them all together the effects were like magic. They were all still visible on their own and yet they became one. It was compelling to watch.
And that’s how kindness spreads too. It’s a ripple effect, that grows and becomes brighter with our every drop we sprinkle. And sometimes the biggest effects are those that are done secretly. With no one knowing and with nothing for us to gain.
I’ve been brought up to respect others and to treat people the way I’d like to be treated. To be thoughtful, patient and understanding. But quite honestly, in today’s demanding world where everyone seems to want everything yesterday, it’s not always easy. But I try.
The Kindness Challenge has helped refocus my intentions and energies. It’s been a thought provoking time. A time for reflection and for keeping an open mind.
During the past seven weeks some of my posts, like Mailboxes on Monday have focused on the resilience of the human spirit to recover after hardship. And the kindness of others.
There’s beauty and kindness every where. And we can appreciate everything around us, from the smallest thing to the big things. Even in dark times.
The Blacksmiths Tree for example, a forged steel and copper tree and all of its leaves, which stands as a symbol of bonding together and resilience. Of caring and strength.
My two posts on Marysville highlighted an area of incredible beauty that was almost wiped out in 2009 after the Black Saturday bushfires. A town reborn and a park created with symbols of hope and beauty. Tangible examples of generosity, giving and courage.
That’s what kindness is about, reaching out to others and being there, helping in not just words but actions. Building people up when they’re down. Spreading love and brightness.
It’s been a soul searching challenge for me, a thought provoking time that I know will continue indefinitely.
Every day is a new challenge, every time I step out of my house I’m confronted with different scenarios and although I often lose focus and stumble I find myself thinking much differently these days. There’s been a shift in my thinking, a hugely positive one.
This challenge has made me more mindful of the need to be kind and for that I’m grateful.
The Kindness Challenge may have ended but in reality the the journey will always continue. I hope it does for you as well and that we can all do our part to scatter seeds of kindness everywhere we go, to make the world a better place.
Remember that a little kindness goes a long way.
So live well, laugh hard, love deeply and be kind to everyone you meet.
Wishing you all kindness in your heart, peace in your soul and sunshine in your lives.