Mission #8 : Ripples / Kindness For a Stranger

“A spark of kindness starts a fire of love.” –Anonymous

08-anonymous-kindnessThis mission is a very specific two-parter designed to get you thinking further about the significance of even the smallest acts of kindness. The first part might sound a bit nutty but I strongly encourage you to do it.

Gather 5 or 6 small stones or pebbles, find a body of water, preferably with a fairly still surface, and slowly throw in your stones. Do this one at a time and note the rippling effect this causes. Be mindful, even meditative, as you perform this action.

08a-anonymous-kindnessThe idea is to get you to consider how acts of kindness, like ripples in a pond, start in one place but quickly spread out far and wide. Each person, place or thing touched by a kindness ripple is positively impacted by it.

With this in mind and having thrown your pebbles, perform a small anonymous act of kindness for a stranger. After doing so, imagine the ripple effect of your act. This could begin by imagining the stranger’s day having been changed for the better by your kindness, which then changes everyone with whom they come in contact.

Allow your imagination to get carried away as you do this. Think broadly, over-the-top.

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