With this message I am officially bringing to a close the Practice of Kindness class. As you likely understand now, offering and facilitating kindness classes is one way I practice kindness for myself. They provide me a profound sense of purpose. I feel I am doing something meaningful. At their zenith, these classes are profound win-win situations. I benefit from offering them and others benefit by participating in them.
I want to sincerely thank you all for your participation. And I want to give a little extra appreciation to those of you who regularly posted, thus helping keep our collective momentum going. I know it’s difficult to stay focused so I appreciate those of you who did. I also want to acknowledge those of you who completed most or all of the “themes,” even if you didn’t always post. Each act completed contributed to the amount of positive action taking place in the world. Thank you!
I’d love to get your feedback about your experience in this class. I’m very interested in knowing what worked for you and what you think I can do to make the class better. I am always wanting to improve the experience for those who choose to participate.
Remember, it’s important to put on your own air mask and it’s important to remember that no act of kindness is ever too small.
Once again Andy, thank you so much for offering these classes. I truly appreciate all the effort you make for us to be able to practice kindness. Without the classes, I forget or get too busy or get discouraged when I do not do well with my own kindness goals. However, the residual effect of taking the classes for over three years, is that I am a much kinder person and a much happier person. I know you say that I did ALL the work myself, but I did have your guidance and example. You will always have a special place in my heart because of your generosity!
I would like to echo Linda’s words – thank you Andy. Thank you for another kindness class, and for making a difference in the world.
Linda – you write so beautifully, that was very touching!! ♥
Andy – personally the only suggestion I could possibly make is that I would LOVE to hear your feedback on our posts/comments for each week. I feel that you have so much wisdom to share, and I personally would be greatly motivated if you were able to give us your thoughts as we complete the actions each week.
I do remember the time when you posted personal comments on some of the student’s efforts (as Meg proposes.) Whenever one was directed to something I had written or done, it was extra inspiration for me to try harder; however, I can see for you to try to spread the comments around to many could become a chore and no longer be spontaneous.
I really appreciate the comments you make about each assignment, and the amount of time you spend writing up your thoughts for our benefit, but…. sometimes I feel that you are so much more advanced than we are that while you inspire, I can be amazed at your wisdom and a bit intimidated to realize how much I have to learn and internalize about being kind. Of course that is to be expected since three years ago I would not have called myself a kind person.
I marvel at the energy and time you put in on free classes for the “masses.” Your heart is in the right place. I feel really good about making a donation for your efforts – it is a win/win situation for me. I support you and I get classes that are transforming my life! Bless you.
Thanks, everyone, for your participation and kind words. How I would like to have an in-person class with all of you! Regarding more individualized feedback from me, it is just simply a matter of time. I did provide a fair amount of that when I was on sabbatical from PSCS and was hopeful that I could make Kind Living into something that would help support my family. But it hasn’t worked out that way so I do the best I can with the time I devote to it. I really, really enjoy it and would do it full time if I could. Thanks again, everyone.
I think you were moving in a very good direction by encouraging the participants to comment on each other’s posts. I learned a lot from my fellow participants and also good some really positive feedback. I have great admiration for others who are making such a good effort to encorporate kindness into their lives, like Meg and Brooke. Look forward to our next class.