This is a very energetic start to the month of kindness, talking about action at first, but what can I say, A starts the alphabet, so “Action” will start this month today.
I have an acquaintance who really talks the talks. They love to share motivational quotes usually accompanied with some non-descript shoutout to the world, “do it folks!” While I appreciate their effort to focus on and making us focus on the bright side of life, knowing their lack of execution totally destroys that noble effort.
It’s that classical case of “don’t do preach water when you drink wine”. Don’t tell me what to do unless you do it. (My writer readers are familiar with the expression: show, don’t tell. Well, it applies in life, too.) Lead me by example because lovely quotes can make us feel a little better but they won’t do the job for us. WE have to do the job ourselves. Not just in our minds (and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s one thing I’m guilty of, living life in my mind,) but in reality.
The big, scary, full-of-imperfect-people reality who need kindness in their lives every single day.
So all those topics I’m talking about this month, I’ll turn them into little actions. No drastic, athletic jumps here, as in no big projects, loud revolution, just some old-fashioned one tiny step at a time.
Today it’s smiling. Really looking into the other person’s eyes and smile. It’s only 8am here but during my commute I had the chance to do it twice and man, what a difference it makes!
Can you think of a little action that you could do today?