This week we were told to focus on the virtue of Kindness. We were to increase our awareness, to catch others performing acts of kindness and to find ways to be kind to others this week. We were to perform random acts of kindness, without anyone knowing we did it or noticing. This was the tricky part, being that I am a stay-at-home mom with two little ones and the weather is so bad. We were asked to comment in the Alliance area with examples of what random acts of kindness we had given or received.
As I had gone about my days I would try to think of what I could do that would be considered an act of kindness. I have to admit I had some trouble at first trying to determine if something I had done was kind or just something I would normally do as a wife or mother. Also, I wasn’t sure if it would be an act of kindness or just having good manners. I noticed a lot of comments in the Alliance area that seemed to be things I would consider common courtesy, like opening doors for someone. There was a lot of speculation as to whether something was considered kind if the person the kindness was shown to noticed the person showing kindness in the act. Mark did say during the webinar that we were to try to perform our random acts of kindness without the other person noticing, but personally I don’t think they should be discounted. I went to the internet for answers.
Here is what I discovered.
- the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
- a kind act.
synonyms: kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affection, warmth, gentleness, concern, care; consideration, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, unselfishness, selflessness, altruism, compassion, sympathy, understanding, big-heartedness, benevolence, benignity, friendliness, hospitality, neighborliness; generosity, magnanimity, charitableness
“he thanked her for her kindness”
It seems like there are a lot of acts that are considered polite and kind at the same time. Perhaps having good manners and practicing common courtesy and etiquette would be considered acts of kindness.
Regardless of how these acts are defined, being thoughtful, courteous and showing kindness make the world a better place. It shows others you care. No matter how trivial these things may seem, they can have a big impact on others. Kindness is contagious. It can change the lives of others in amazing ways.
Take Orly Wahba for example. She is the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization called “Life Vest Inside” after seeing a sign on an airplane labeled the same. She created a video showing how acts of kindness can change the world.
On January 6th we heard Ellen’s thoughts at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards when she accepted the Humanitarian Award. Her speech centered on the importance of generosity and kindness and in her closing she offered her wish for the world: love, kindness and understanding.
As I went about my week showing kindness to others, along with reading Scroll IV and flipping through my stacks of cards. I started to connect the acts of kindness with accomplishments. It felt very familiar. The same feeling I would get from completing a promise on the service cards. Not to mention how acts of kindness are a great proof of Scroll II. As we were reminded when starting Ben Franklin`s chart. We all have these virtues within us, otherwise we would not be able to recognize them when we see it.
This seems to be a magical combination for my subby. I am starting to see myself as natures greatest miracle. I am letting my light shine. I am reminding myself everyday with a line from a movie that I just love.