Kindness: A Broader Definition

revofkindnessDoing all things with kindness, putting my energy and focus on using kindness as a foundation for my week, that’s was the challenge put before for week 3 of the Kindness Challenge. Truthfully, I struggled. While, I don’t think I did anything that would be considered “unkind” I found myself feeling frustrated looking for the kind response to the world around me. I tried everything I could think of: practicing conversations in my head, taking deep breaths, listening to understand – not to respond, space, and even looking up synonyms for kindness to spark my inspiration.

Affection, warmth, gentleness, concern, care, consideration, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, unselfishness, selflessness, altruism, compassion, sympathy, understanding, hospitality, neighborliness, and generosity.

I suppose, that if you look at kindness with a broader definition, it’s a little easier to build that foundation for your life. Once I realized just how diverse kindness could look like, a sense of calm came over me and stayed with me throughout the week. Knowing that the energy that I put out into the universe was, indeed, kind built my confidence in my interactions with everyone around me. By responding with kindness, it took away the question that I tend to ask myself as to whether or not my actions, words, or reactions were founded in selfishness. I knew they weren’t because I took the time to focus on my intention. Funny how a little kindness that is directed at others can help to build a sense of calm and confidence in yourself.

Next up for the Kindness Challenge: Kindness in ACTION!

 

 

9 thoughts on “Kindness: A Broader Definition

  1. Make sure to continue to be gentle with yourself. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Is the lack of kindness necessarily unkind? Is the lack of kindness equivalent to selfishness? What are ways you extend kindness to others ordinarily? How can you focus on increasing upon your kind strengths? No need to answer, just points to consider that crossed my mind while reading. Thank you so much for your honest reflection. I’m so glad that you found your confidence, I hope that you continue to boost it! Have a great week! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Niki! This week was definitely more difficult to figure out, more thought provoking, I suppose. Oddly enough, I had multiple conversations throughout the week about only being able to control your reaction to negativity and responding in a way that maintains your own happiness.

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      1. You aren’t alone, others struggled with last week as well. A big part was the reaction. Acting out of kindness can come easier because you do it with intention where as reaction is a reflex and you might not be used to being mindful of how you react. Now that you’re aware of it, it will be easier to focus on the steps to take to create the change you want to see 🙂

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