The Kindness Challenge. What a ride! I can’t believe it’s been 7 weeks already. Somehow it doesn’t feel enough. Not for me anyway. My mind is all over right now so I thought it would be best to organise my thoughts with Niki’s questions while reflecting on these 7 weeks.
How do you feel after focusing your thoughts on kindness for 7 weeks? First of all, I learned so much about focus and thoughts. It’s been really helpful for all the aspects of my life. After focusing on kindness I see there is more kindness than I initially thought there was. Outside and inside.
Did you consider yourself kind before the challenge? I did. I realise now I was filtering my kindness to whoever I thought deserved it. It was a well-thought-out system of judging and labelling and of sharing whatever I thought everyone deserved. I care a lot about justice…
If you didn’t focus on kindness before, did that necessarily make you unkind? It didn’t really, because I couldn’t really be unkind to everyone around me, but I was unkind in my mind. In my mind I assigned all sorts of and ruled all sorts of punishments. Is this getting creepy yet?
Did you discover you’re more kind than you realized? I discovered I used to be kinder once and somewhere along the way, I decided not to be anymore except with my friends. It was a sad discovery and I’m slowly trying to crawl back and even higher.
Did you find ways to increase your kindness? After I ask myself what can I do different to show kindness right now, I just breathe and let go of the judgement, let go of the “punishment” and just get on with my day.
Do you feel different? I feel calmer, I was very much on edge before and very impulsive, I reacted to everything and anything. I am now more aware of what mindlessly reactions do and just acknowledge the moment and treat it as it is…just a moment.
Did you see things that you might have otherwise missed? Yes, definitely. I was a little blind to people’s kindness, I took that for granted, as if everyone owes me kindness.
Did you enjoy it? So, so much! I am so grateful for this opportunity. Even though I forgot about kindness for a while, my life has always been about improving myself and making a difference in the world and I am so happy that I got this wake-up call before it was too late. I enjoyed so much learning from everyone else’s experiences and actually just seeing everyone so driven by kindness…it was all so inspiring. And I even started looking at myself differently…don’t know if that makes any sense.
Will you continue to practice living a kind life? Yes, of course. A kind life is a happy life.
Has it become a habit or part of your lifestyle? It’s a lifestyle with sprinkles of habits: gratitude habits, smiling habits, helping habits and assuming everyone is doing their best habits.
Have people noticed a change in you? Maybe, the closest people.
Will you participate again next year? I would LOVE that! ❤ You know me…anything to boast about my achievements. 😉