This was the seventh and last week of the Kindness Challege put on by Niki at “The Richness of a Simple Life“.
I purposefully held off on this post until today, because I knew that this weekend I was signed up for a workshop called “The Bridge Experience” that is put on by Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles. I know this is a shameless plug, but if you don’t know who they are it is totally worth checking out their work. You can most easily find them on Instagram or Facebook or their websites. And I promise, I am not paid to say this. Quite to the contrary, I had to invest in this weekened.
I am definitely not ready to sum up this weekend into words yet, but I did make one observation as it relates to this last week of the challenge.
It seems that one of the greatest gifts of kindness that we can extend to anybody around us, is to see them and allow them to be who they are at their core. When we are willing to create a space around us that we let others step into without expectation, we get the most beautiful results. When we empower others to step into their true potential/their thing, then we give them the gift of blossoming.
Yet, so often we walk around and secretely hold others accountable against the standards that we have either set or unconsiously adopted. We might not even be aware that we are sending signals to the ones around us on who we want them to be. And for ourselves, we so often adopt these signals and try to bend to those requirements in exchange for being accepted and acknowledged.
I am beyond grateful for the intention and commitment of the people that came together this weekend to allow for kindness to be present in every interaction. We came together as a group of strangers, yet open to the way we allowed everyone else to show up.
We went out and spread some of the connection that came out of the gratitude of kindness that we received from the people in the room. We allowed ourselves to go out and stand by the road with signs to “Honk for Love” or create the longest link of love in a mall. It was amazing to see the smiles and impact that this small group of people had, and all it took was a sign and the right kind of energy to portray that we meant it.
I challenge you to keep showing up like that. Be grateful for every bit of kindness you receive from the people around you, be willing to give it in small or even large ways. Sometimes it really doesn’t take much to make someones day and sometimes you will never know if you did.