I used to think there was a secret to happiness, that if I could just find the right teacher, go to the right church, eat the right food, work the right job then my life would be overflowing and I would be happy.
Now I know better.
There is no ‘right’ anything and that is liberating.
Over the last week I have shared a few guidelines that allow us to experience the abundance, joy and peace we are promised by birth. This last lesson may be the easiest – Be Kind
Every day we are offered opportunities to spread kindness to a variety of people – the driver who needs to get into our lane, the barista or waiter, the checkout person at the grocery store, your spouse or child or parent.
How can we be kind? Well, you can smile and wave the driver in, use the person’s name and use it when you ask about their day and say thank you, send a love-text for no reason or drop a postcard in the box.
There are countless ways to be kind; usually it is simply a matter of bringing awareness and intention to our actions.
- This morning while walking the dogs we saw a man hovering near our car. We looked at each other quizzically, uncertain and perhaps concerned. Turns out, Tom had dropped his very expensive tie on the ground last night and this kind man had picked it up and put it on the window. Wow!! It really is that simple.
Please share your experiences of kindness in the comments.