“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.” -Anthony Trollope
I once heard someone say that giving $1 from the heart is better than giving $10 begrudgingly. If we give reluctantly, our good feeling is diminished. If we give from love, the good feeling connects us to spirit. With that in mind, please consider each of these missions to be a small opportunity to bring profound focus to a weekly positive action. And let that profound focus have at its base a loving attitude. Don’t worry about how significant or large your actions are. Just let them come from a place inside yourself that is filled with warmth. Let whatever you do radiate out from that place.
Also, I encourage you to not let the anonymity component get in the way of an opportunity that presents itself to you. The “anonymity rule” was put in place to provide a structure for us to better experience the results of performing kind acts when the possibility of doing so for show or reward is greatly reduced. If you know in your heart that you are performing an act of kindness from a genuinely loving place and not to show off, be your act fully anonymous or in front of a Super Bowl-sized crowd, you are honoring the principle of this class.
I started this reflection with a quote from a 19th century English author named Anthony Trollope. It got me thinking about this week’s mission. Perhaps a better mission would have been to suggest you perform a very simple act of MINDFUL kindness each day. What might the “butterfly effect” of such a practice be, both externally and internally?
Perhaps, as an experiment, you will consider completing a daily simple act of mindful kindness as the ensuing weeks unfold…
Andy, My daughter divorced about 7 years ago and there has been an estrangement between her and her husband that has greatly impacted their four girls, ages 17-25, but now one of the twins is seriously ill and we are all trying to let bygones be bygones and work together as one big group who loves Ameera. Your kindness classes have helped me so much, to ignore the things their father says that I think shows how penny pinching he is and even more that I can feel the healing inside me and I am hopeful that it will heal my daughter, her children, and her former husband. We are all working together for the first time since the divorce. Thanks for your kindness classes which have made me able to respond in a way that is supporting and loving….
It’s very kind of you to credit the kindness classes, Linda, but the way I see it is that you are the one who has been doing all the work. To benefit from anything, a person has to be open and willing to accept it. So please be sure to credit yourself.
Good point… thanks!