This was a strange and volatile week to be in America, and that’s really all I have to say about that.
But amidst it all, for the past two days I feel a sense of calm, and peace, for reasons which I can’t exactly identify but I do know it has nothing to do with current events.
Maybe it’s because, after a couple of months of being under the weather, I am starting to feel that I’m on the mend. Which is a great relief, and perhaps allows my spirit to concentrate again on inner grounding.
Perhaps it’s because I have recently made the deliberate decision to eliminate complaining, both in spoken words and unspoken thoughts. I’m also trying to stop with grouchy comments and outbursts. You know the kind: like when someone cuts you off in traffic, or just generally behaves in a way which is irksome. It’s only been two days, but I feel a weight lifted, not to have a running commentary of annoyances stealing my joy throughout the day.
It could be as simple as this tiny act of kindness: today I ran into a former neighbor in the supermarket parking lot, who greeted me with a big smile and genuine excitement to see me and hear about my family.
Speaking of family, my firstborn turned 20 this week. And that was really the most important thing in my little world. Thinking about him, and all it takes to get a child to adulthood, I feel filled with gratitude at the chance to raise him and his siblings. I feel both awestruck and dismayed that two decades have passed. It’s as if I just quickly looked away and in that instant when my head was turned, Older Son morphed from a boy into a young man.
Today is World Kindness Day. And I only know that because Daughter, who heard about it from her kind and loving teacher, told me so. Just saying the word kind and being more mindful of acting kind adds to my sense of calm.
Since 1998, World Kindness Day has been celebrated on November 13, to “highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition….” and just in general, kindness is a wonderful place to live. It’s the place where we are all a little nicer to each other, in the real world and the virtual world, and, just as important, it’s the place where we are kind to ourselves in our words, thoughts and actions.
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Wherever you are today, I hope you are able to recharge your batteries, fill your spirit with kindness and joy, and pass that along to others you encounter on this Sunday, and in the days to come.
As always, blessings to you all.
For inspiration on World Kindness Day, here’s a great place to start.