Take cover! The world is ending. The sky is falling. Don’t breathe – it isn’t safe.
Oh, sorry – let me turn off the tv and the radio. I got distracted for a moment.
I don’t know about you but I get overwhelmed with all the messages of doom. disaster, injustice, and things that feel too big to change.
Of course, it is important to be informed but constantly being bombarded with bad news makes me anxious. It feels like there is nothing you can do.
In the spirit of inspiration
That is when you need a mega dose of inspiration and restoration of hope, reminding you that there is still good in this world.
One of my desires as an artist is to bring hope and inspiration to you and others in my own small way.
If you thought the only way to make a difference is to do something big, really big, and dramatic, you would most likely be stopped in your tracks.
What if you could do small, tiny things that could make a difference?
What if those small things could make you feel good AND help someone else?
Drum roll please…….I think you can!
I have created an Act of Kindness challenge for myself and I hope to inspire you to join me!
Small acts of kindness have a way of going beyond their humble origins generating a powerful chain reaction.
Whenever you focus on anything, you begin to notice it more and more, and it expands. Kindness allows you to also feel and notice gratitude.
These feelings have a way of elevating your day, giving you hope in yourself and others.
So, I am excited to challenge myself and you to do 1 small act of kindness every day for 30 days.
I will give you some ideas as we go along that I will share by email, my blog, and social media.
I want to make this as easy as possible for you.
Here are a few simple acts of kindness ideas to start.
A simple but genuine compliment.
Just a couple of days ago, I left the house in a hurry, with no make-up and little attention to my appearance. I was the happy recipient of two compliments from the lovely person giving me my eye exam. She complimented my haircut and said I didn’t look my age. Well, hello, she made my day!
That doesn’t take time, money, or advance planning – just say some of those nice thoughts you are having out loud.
Give a note of gratitude
This could be a thank you card to someone who did something for you or a post it note telling someone what a good job they did.
Pay it forward
You have heard of this one many times but paying for a someone’s coffee, parking, etc. You don’t always get to see the reaction but it leaves people feeling good.
A small gift
Leaving a flower or muffins or something for a neighbor, a co-worker, friend, or stranger just to put a smile on their face.
Sometimes just getting a reminder that someone is thinking of you is a kind and loving gesture that makes you feel good and in turn nicer to those around you. That is a pretty good gift!
Again this is something so simple but powerful.
You know when someone looks at you and gives you a genuine smile, you can’t help but smile back and create a brief but lovely connection.
None of these ideas are big or difficult. It is not as much about what you do.
Deliberate and conscious thinking about kindness is where the magic happens.
A little gift for you
I made a fun, free downloadable art quote that I hand lettered that you can print on regular paper or save as a screensaver. It will be a reminder to help you incorporate a simple act of kindness in your day.
What do you say?
I would love to hear from you any ideas you have and what small acts of kindness you are doing that will make this a fun and rewarding way to add a little goodness to our world.