Who knew that setting your intention every morning to look for the kindness in each day would have such an impact?
So, seven weeks ago I started The Kindness Challenge created by Niki of The Richness of a Simple Life.
Each week we were given a prompt (self kindness, find kindness, kind energy, be kind, ending the day with kindness, inspired by kindness and secret kindness) that you could choose to blog about, however you wished.
Any challenge I participate in excites me as it gives me an excuse to really stretch my creativity bone. I particularly enjoyed adding inspirational quotes to my photographs and creating mantras to use each morning to set my intention for the coming day.
I was surprised at how much this really worked – it was like priming your brain to really notice the kindness that was gong on all around you.
And believe me it was going on!
As well as witnessing kind acts, I created a few of my own (anonymously and intentionally) as I bought gifts, gave extra attention and ‘good gossiped’ about people to others.
I also rekindled my love of art journaling and this really helped me to focus on how I was going to integrate kindness into my everyday.
And finally I made a real effort at ending my day with gratitude – listing three things I was grateful for that day.
These little additions to my day were not difficult, costly nor time consuming. They were merely little ways to intentionally be kinder – to others and myself.
I would like to thank Niki for starting this revolution – and I do see it as a revolution, because let’s face it we all have days where we feel there needs to be a shift in society’s thinking.
So as this challenge ends, I’d like to ask a question:
Can you make time for kindness?
I’m sure we can all think of ways we can increase the amount of kindness going on in our busy lives.
I’m sure we can all find a moment to pause and speak to someone who needs to hear kind words.
I’m sure we can all find one way to be kinder to ourselves.
As for week seven’s challenge – secret kindness, I can’t write about it…it’s a secret!
But I’ll leave you with a reminder of my favourite quotes from this challenge and I hope you feel inspired.