As those of you who have followed me for a bit know, kindness has become a recurring theme on my journey. Over and over again, I’ve seen what the smallest act of kindness can do for someone. I’ve also observed what the lack of kindness is doing to people.
As I’ve explored this more and more, I keep tripping over people encouraging others to perform one act of kindness per day. I think that misses an important point.
So, I encourage you to try performing two acts of kindness per day.
Perform one act of kindness per day for someone else. It doesn’t have to be something big, and it doesn’t have to cost anything.
Smile at someone who is homeless and say something in the way of a greeting. Get out of your cell phone and actually pay attention to a sales clerk or a server. Call people with whom you haven’t spoken in a long time, and let them know you’re thinking about them. Have coffee with people you haven’t seen recently.
There are so many ways to be kind, and many of them take little in the way of time and cost nothing.
Now, here’s the harder one for many people, and it’s the other kindness of the day.
Do something kind for yourself every day. Yes, for yourself. Do something you’ve been putting off. Curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Do some yoga. Give yourself a sincere compliment. Give yourself permission to not do anything. Do something that nourishes you.
Two acts of kindness per day: one for you and one for someone else.
Try it, and then let me know if this makes any difference in your day. I’m trying it out, and it definitely is making a difference for me. It also means I have to be open to the kindness of others, and that might be the hardest thing about this for me.