Beautiful Weather, Kindness, Peaceful Introspection
For the first time in a year, I have spent 3 continuous days at home! I purchased an art gallery last January and I run it 7-days a week with an occasional day off every couple weeks. I can’t help but recognize the ultimate kindness of a break while my partner operates the gallery for me! Focusing on kindness is what I’m all about this week!
For week 16 of the Master Key Experience we are observing and participating in kindness all around us. Can you imagine? This is a global effort; individuals recognizing, implementing and appreciating the kindnesses around them on at least 5 continents! And it is AMAZING!
While we have been snowed in (doesn’t take much where I live) I have been home enjoying solitude. Recognizing kindness may be slightly more challenging, right? On the contrary I am in the flow of kindness! Fellow merchants focusing efforts and collaborating to post publicly that our businesses are open; people taking extra time to hold doors while others carefully navigate their way across risky parking lots; even others shoveling public right-of-ways to promote safe movement.
Lest We Forget Where We Experience Kindness Most!
On the subject of kindnesses, though, I can’t refrain from mentioning my partner, George. Upon his return from his last stretch of government employment, he has shown me such amazing love, commitment, devotion and desire. He is so giving, thoughtful and dedicated in everything he does. I can’t express gratitude enough. And to think we were previously heading a much different direction. It is such bliss to have him home after his final seven months employment were a plane rides distance.
During this snow event George has been going in and opening the gallery for me, giving me the time to relax, rest and do some catching up on other aspects of my life. Beyond this he has given me amazing massages, made me coffee, taken me to dinner, spoken sweet and meaningful words, held me closely and so much more.
Should Focusing on Kindness Conclude at the End of This Week?
Where does all this leave me? I will continue observing, implementing, appreciating, BEING kindness within my world. I choose to continue to grow this quality in my life, substituting it for the snarky and bitter viewpoint so readily prominent within me and my old blueprint.
This week has changed me. I observed something within myself while observing this focus on kindness around me, especially relating to the kind acts that were meant for me specifically. I have a lifelong, subconscious habit of waiting for the shoe to drop. “That person has shown me kindness because…. _____________.” I was always waiting for the motive to become clear and usually while feeling a sense of fear.
For this reason alone, if I had no other motivation, I will carry this exercise beyond this week so that I practice this giving and receiving of kindness for the authentic purpose of kindness until my heart and my head wrap around the fact that its only purpose is for greater good. We tend to live up to our expectations after all!
Thank you for letting me share with you about my experiences here! You must go check out Esme West’s blog about how she is encountering kindness week! From Esme: “If what we are asking for, if what we are focusing on, if what we are showing to the world and looking to observe in the world is Kindness, what do you suppose will happen?” Thought provoking!