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Practice kindness. There is a temptation during health scares to view others as potential threats. Remember we are in this together. While practicing health guidelines and appropriate caution, remember our shared humanity. Smile when you can. Do something generous. Try to be patient and loving.
Can you find creative ways to offer your good energy into the world?
Should you be inspired, please leave a reflection below…
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Working at controlling my irritation toward those not wearing masks is hard. Because not all people will wear masks, I do not feel we are united in fighting this virus. Smiles are now hidden for those wearing a mask and it is imperative that we speak our kindness. I do that by thanking every service person that I can and by focusing on sending love to each person I encounter.
I am blessed to be able to experience gratitude and gratefulness
Working in hospitals during Covid time it has inspired me that I can see kindness in some people’s eyes (when staff are gowned and masked up) it is their eyes and voice that we look to for compassion and support.
Thank you for your service Bob! We are so very grateful for you.
Thank you Serafina, you are very kind
I will try to smile at the people I encounter, this will remind me to be kind to me and to others. Thank you so much ♡
Acts of kindness, however great or small, are impossible to forget. I believe kindness reflects the nature of a God who is Love Eternal. The flowers of human kindness like God’s love are eternal. All else will pass away.
In ‘free time’ now I have begun to learn how to do something I have long wanted to do – to add words and messages to my photographs. These I send to family and friends as gifts of my time and energy.
Being kind requires a mindful set of eyes and ears. Acknowledging the uncomfortable times and still rising to soft, genuine gestures can unburden someone – even if it is just for a moment. It is worth it.
I have a friend who is away from her home right now. She is from Canada but is in California because of her work and will be staying there for about 4 months. I’ve been emailing with her, exchanging pictures, links, etc. hoping to brighten her time away from home. With everything that is going on, she can’t go out and enjoy her new surroundings.
I remember when this COVID stuff first started a few months ago, and initially I was paranoid, looking at everyone around me as a potential risk factor in my life. However, as time wore on and I saw that everyone was as anxious as I was, it helped to humanize the experience. Let’s remember to pray for those who worry as well, that their discernment might be forthcoming.
These days we depend on much less than human contact in relating to others. I participate in events through Zoom and many attend bringing their worries, angst and pain with them. Some try to cover those feelings through brash, silly or inappropriate comments in those sessions. I will try to be present to their dilemmas.
I’m finding when I’m out driving for quick errands, I’m more tolerant on the road; it’s also easy to have expressive smiley eyes at the farmers market.
Expressive smiley eyes! Yes, I’ve been doing that too. So reassuring when others smile with their eyes at us.
I have noticed these things too! Also, taking a days or two a week to do errands instead of every day is helpful, because it helps you learn to plan better and chunk your time.
Patient and loving, two so important words, not just now but throughout life. I learned it from the behavior of my parents and still practice it at 70. ✌️
Today, despite our “health scares” ……I will say hi to people, open doors when possible…..and if all else fails, I will offer a smile.
I feel like kindness is everything, and is generally an easy response toward others. I don’t know that I have any creative ways, but when I am walking and someone is walking toward me, especially with their dog, family, others, I make the first move and go out into the street, and we greet from a distance. If I may encounter someone coming toward me, I pull up my mask. When groceries are delivered into the back of my car, I make my appreciation known. As I venture away from my house (not much is re-opened here), I’m sure I will be invited to other practices. It is the strangest of times, indeed.
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