I don’t have any particular problem with the motivation or mission of Kindness &Co. and think they have landed on an idea with the Kindness Movement. I like the Kindness & Co + Pick The Brain, Kindness Kit and can see myself using it. Where we have a tiny difference is around Random Acts. I believe that anything thta is left to random or organic is best to be left all together.
I prefer Intentional Acts of Kindness. I set out each day prepared to be kind. Not just in situations where I happen to notice someone or something and take a momentary leap and provide some generousity. For me if I am on the lookout for kindness, I see it in others and am aware of it in circumstances. I more often pause and reflect (sometimes for a few days) about how I might inject some thoughtfulness and gentleness.
John McKnight says that “generousity is the only lubricant that will make our neighbourhoods viable”. I love that sentiment and understand it to mean that we need to become fountains of kindness for each other with so much helpfulness, graciousness and hospitality spilling over the top that we are splashing each other in puddles of goodness and grace. When I am wet with drops or a deluge, I can’t help being kind.
Set out everyday to be kind, to accept kindness and to splash someone you don’t know.
From “Random Acts of Kindness”
“Imagine a world.
Where people look out for each other.
Where we all pay it forward.
Where success is measured in selfless acts.
Where kindness is the philosophy of life.”
I love the image I get from the quote and even though they use the word random in their domain name I appreciate the intentionality expressed in the vision. We need to choose to be kind every day. I need to pick kindness over rudeness or stubbornness in more situations. When I appreciate all the kindness I receive I am kinder so I need to be more observant and thankful.
I have had hundreds of people watching my back over the years (one still does it daily) and I have been pretty good at looking out for others who were under attack. I confess that there have been too many times that I was the attacker or joined in on the verbal assault. In recognizing that I can watch for the signs that I am about to be unkind and examine my motives. They are rarely going to be justified and I hope the evaluation curbs the urge to pile on with unnecessary vitriol.
I am in the company of remarkable people again today so being kind should be easier but what about Monday or Thursday or …
I am practicing kindness today with the hope that I get better at it and that it becomes habitual.
Make Today Remarkable, by being kind.