Mindful About Random Acts of Kindess
If you remember last week and my massive list of steps to wellness, you can read it here if you don’t, I feel I need to clear up a few things. First, the list is not a goal for every single day. Lots of it I can do everyday, but not all of it. It was really a road map for my goals and not a checklist of must get done’s, everyday, without fail. It was a life of habits I wanted to lean into, not jump into blindly only to fail miserably.
Really. Who want’s to have sex every. single. day? At some point, like day 3, that would just become a chore. Of course if I asked a man that same question the response might be different. And I can’t get body work every. single. day. Although I did tell my birthday massage therapist that if I was Oprah, I WOULD do that every day, at bedtime, after a nice long warm bath. One would sleep like a stinkin’ baby.
So there you have it. Don’t worry about me. I am not trying to get to this list in completion and I don’t feel the pressure that all of those things are urgent today. What is more urgent is trying to get my 5 year old to stop whining at the moment. That would be equal to an hours worth of yoga in my book.
What I want to touch on today is the Random Acts of Kindness that comes in at #23. This one is surprisingly easy to do when I am mindful that it is a goal of mine. Once I made up the list I really was aware of the changes I wanted to be making, and Random Acts of Kindness takes a little more foresight than say, brushing my teeth. Or does it?
With the awareness that I wanted to find some way to be kind and helpful everyday, everything became an opportunity to do such. And it didn’t take a lot of money or planning. It just took being mindful of my surroundings and the realization that every little bit helps the world. It is like the butterfly who flaps her wings, the intention we have as we go about our days has power beyond that which we can understand.
What type of things am I doing? Simple things. One day I walked past a lighter on the ground outside of my car. I took one step past it and remembered my ‘do good’ aims and turned around and picked it up and put it in the nearest trash can. Another day in the same lot I picked up some paper trash and did the same. One day I stopped when my kids were about to drive me crazy and gave one of them a deep, mindful, present hug which changed the dynamic instantly. One day I remembered I had a dollar in my bag and tipped the gal at Inta Juice.
I know, that seems intuitive like you should do it all the time, but I NEVER have cash, I always use my debit card for everything. It just so happened that one day there another girl had over charged me and handed me cash back. So the next time I was there I remembered it and put it in their jar.
These are simple, simple, simple ways in which we send out love to multiply in the universe. Random Acts of Kindness don’t have to be huge and full of hoopla, they can be small, and will show up to us in a myriad of ways when we are mindful of the world outside our own head.
Now I am off to get coffee. And if someone is in line behind me I will buy theirs too. Cause it is Monday, and we sprang ahead this weekend, so lots of us are still in a daze…
OK. This made me cry this morning…enjoy:Tweet