Kindness Challenge: Week 4 – Be Kind

I have not been following the “week” part of the kindness challenge but I know those who read this post will be forgiving!  🙂

If you have not heard about the Kindness Challenge hosted by Niki from The Richness of a Simple Life, you should absolutely go visit her blog and accept the challenge. You can start the challenge any time. Because kindness is so powerful…and let’s face it, we need every ounce of kindness we can spread around!

This “week” is to be kind. It seems simple enough. I think it is a simple philosophy to remember and to live by.  If we are kind to others, they will, in turn, be kind to you. Respect, kindness, and good will are all byproducts of how we choose to live. We can choose how we react to situations or people. Sometimes it is hard to remember that in the heat of the moment. But, as First Lady Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” I loved that story she shared about her daughters and teaching them the importance of not getting mad when others question their father’s religion/faith during her speech at the DNC.  I have since repeated the motto to my own children. An excerpt from her speech about the importance of being kind and embodying kindness every day:

“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We, as parents, are the most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as President and First Lady, because we know that our words and actions matter. Not just to our girls, but to children all across this country. Kids who tell us, ‘I saw you on TV. I wrote a report on you for school.’

Since my last post for the Kindness Challenge, I brought in a 1,000 piece puzzle to my workplace as a form of “Puzzle Therapy”…to encourage others to take a mental break and to bond together over finding just the right piece.

paris puzzle

It made me so happy to see the progress my office mates were making day after day. And remembering to make eye contact and smile with random strangers when walking past them on the street, takes only a second but in that second, you connect with another person…albeit brief. But it can remind you that we are all in this world together.

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By role modeling and teaching our children to be kind we are helping ensure we raise a generation of givers and peacemakers. Check out this post “Kindness: How You Can Teach  Children to Care for Others” by Marilyn Price-Mitchell. It is a powerful thing to be kind to one another. And yet it takes but a moment sometimes in our otherwise busy day to stop and help someone in need, to volunteer or to check in with a friend, neighbor, or family member…we can be stronger as a community of people by remembering to be kind each day.

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