Doing 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!