Mission #4 : 09.14.13
Good Morning Agents!
You are doing great work. From all reports, your compassion actions have our infrastructure back on track. To build the next piece of the global network needed to disseminate the compassion antidote, we must bring in an element that often flies under our radar.
Somewhere between friend and stranger are those people we call acquaintances. They might be friends of friends, or people who provide us a regular service (the postal carrier, the grocery clerk, the people at the dry cleaners), or even certain neighbors. We don’t have a strong disliking or liking for them. We know of these people. We just don’t KNOW them. Our relationship with them is “neutral.”
Today’s mission, should you choose to accept it, is to choose one of your acquaintances and perform an act of kindness for her/him. Do something that resonates from a warm place inside you, perhaps doing something for your acquaintance that you would like being done for you should the roles be reversed. Some ideas:
• Provide a thank you letter, flowers, or a gift to someone who regularly supports you in some way.
• Invite a neighbor you don’t know very well to share a drink or a meal with you.
• Give a genuine compliment.
• Ask a meaningful question and, in the spirit of yesterday’s mission, listen to the answer.
• In some other way that is meaningful to you, acknowledge an acquaintance with genuine, positive warmth.
This mission is as an acknowledgement of all the acquaintances we have, to recognize that they exist. In completing this mission, we recognize that fundamentally our acquaintances want and deserve the same things we do — to be happy, to have good health, to be appreciated. In celebrating one acquaintance, we celebrate all of our acquaintances. In celebrating all of our acquaintances, we celebrate everyone.
As always, should your actions or those of any of the International Kindness Team be exposed, it will increase the positive ripple effect of creating more kindness in the world. Thus, if time avails, we at IKT HQ implore you to report your activities on the Compassion Map.
Good luck, agents.