We are at the final week of my month-long random acts of kindness challenge. I hope you’ve been able to practice some of the ideas I have shared over the past four weeks. If you have, I’m sure you’ve noticed a difference in your own level of peace and calm. And I’ll bet your joy vibration has increased. It’s just the way the law of attraction works. What you give out gets returned. Just like a boomerang. Just to recap, your first random acts of kindness challenge was on sharpening your joy habit of kindness by first showing love and kindness to yourself. I hope you were able to try some of the suggestions I offered. The second post was about performing random acts of kindness towards children – either your children, grandchildren or those of friends or family members. I have more suggestions that would help model kindness to growing minds.
What do you do when you pass a stranger on the street? Do you smile and say hello, or do you keep your head down and keep on walking? I guess it depends on where you live and where you’re walking. But if you’re on a street where you feel safe, then I say, go for it. Smile and say hello. You never know, it might be the first kind thing that stranger heard all day. I’ve been particularly aware of how people behave whether they come from a big city or small town. I’ve found that town folk tend to say hello and strike up a conversation with a total stranger much easier than city folk. Now I know that’s a generalization, but that’s been my observation. So why is that? Is it that big cities make people feel invisible amongst the throngs and it’s easier to be anonymous? Whereas small communities tend to be more interlinked, so whether you the know the person or not is not that important. Saying hi and being kind is just the neighbourly thing to do. Which brings me to the topic of this week’s blog.
If you are a business owner or are in a position of influence in your company, you’re going to want to read today’s blog. I’m going to tell you about a book I read a number of years ago that helped influence the way I ran my company and interacted with clients and suppliers. I guarantee it will give you some ideas for this week’s “random acts of kindness” challenge. Just to recap, this month’s first blog about the random acts of kindness challenge was on sharpening your joy habit of kindness by first showing love and kindness to yourself. I shared some ideas on how you could not only bring a smile to your own face, but by elevating your personal joy vibration you could also help shift the frequency of others in your orbit. Last week’s random acts of kindness challenge was directed towards children – either your children, grandchildren, or those of friends or family members. Once again, I gave some suggestions for things you could try that would help model kindness to this next important generation of leaders.
Where did you learn kindness? Was it from your parents? Perhaps a “kindly” grandparent. Did you learn kindness in school or perhaps from a faith leader? Who was the best role model on kindness for you? Or perhaps you didn’t grow up around kindness and had to learn how to be it by yourself. Sadly, there are millions of children around the world who have grown up in environments devoid of kindness and compassion. Yet, despite their suffering, many have gone on to build lives of purpose and meaning. Just think what they all may have become had they been loved first. That brings me to the subject of today’s blog and this week’s challenge of practicing random acts of kindness towards children.
Do you like a challenge? Then I’ve got a great one for you this week, in fact for the entire month of June. And it’s all about kindness. Something I think we could all use a bit more of these days. Since I’ve dedicated the month of June to the joy habit of kindness, as far as I’m concerned, the best place to start is always with yourself. So my challenge for week one of your kindness challenge is to practice at least one “random act of kindness” towards yourself every day. You might be asking yourself “how can I show kindness towards myself in a random way?” Well, you might surprise yourself. Which is actually the point! The objective is not to overthink this. In fact, take planning right out of your equation when it comes to this challenge. This isn’t about controlling anything. I’m asking you to trust that your soul always communicates with you, guiding you in loving ways in the direction of your ultimate joy. You just need to pay attention. In fact, there really is no such thing as random. Trust the messages you receive and act upon them.
Did you know that you have more power than you can imagine? You have power over the thoughts you think. You have power over the words you choose. You have power over the company you keep and the experiences you attract. And ultimately you have power over the life you wish to live. It all comes down to the choices you make. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But sometimes the obvious gets overlooked during the distractions of your busy life. Until that is, you make time to really think about it. Take for example the power you have to choose your thoughts. Yes, you have a choice. This is what I mean.
Who and what do you choose to let into your bubble? I’m not just talking protecting your physical health during a pandemic. I’m talking about the environments that influence you and the people who you interact with regularly. Are they positive and uplifting or negative and depressing? Even before COVID-19, we created bubbles. Sometimes we just weren’t aware of the consequences. But when you really think about them, at an energetic level, you know which people or experiences make you feel good and those that don’t. You can feel it in your body. Unfortunately, we often give into that friend or family member that takes advantage of our generosity or crushes our dreams. We let them into our bubble anyway. I’m asking you to think “outside the bubble”.
What words do you use when you speak to yourself? When you speak to others? Are they uplifting and motivating or demeaning and disempowering? Believe me, it matters. When you speak in quiet and non-aggressive tones and send out loving peaceful thoughts, you can literally make change happen. Your words have power. Let me explain. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar lead by the late Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and entrepreneur who was known for his research into the effect that human consciousness has on the molecular structure of water.
Most of the time we are busy thinking and doing, thinking and doing. It’s just automatic. But have you ever really thought about the thoughts you are actually thinking? Where they originated and how habitual they have become over time? Are these your thoughts or someone else’s? You see, we can easily become trapped by the “hypnosis of social conditioning”, as I’ve often heard Deepak Chopra refer to it this way. And this conditioning can be quite insidious. But you have a choice. You can choose thoughts that are empowering instead of self-defeating. Thoughts that are kind rather than those that are demeaning. Thoughts that energize and lift you up or thoughts that deflate you. Your choice. But at the end of the day, the thoughts you think are what you become.
I love this quote. It certainly inspires me to aim higher, especially for the things that matter most. What matters most to you these days? And are you aiming high enough? And how does hope factor into the equation? For me, hope is the ultimate belief that by digging deeper and aiming higher, I can do more that I might have thought possible. You see, there’s an alchemy in hope. It’s quite transformative. But you have to believe for it to hold such power. That brings me to the subject of today’s blog, and the last post dedicated to the joy habit of hope. And it’s probably the one that will have the most impact on future generations.