The Kindness Challenge- I’m not always good at being kind. I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of things that happen throughout my day that can sometimes build (and build) to create a frustrated and snappy Emily. It’s really not pleasant.
It can be simple things too, like spilling something on my shirt (I will admit I do this way too often) or misplacing my phone for the millionth time. I’ve learned that it is really easy to get wrapped up in all of the things that can go wrong, even in just the first hour of my day. For example:
- I didn’t hear my alarm and now I’m running late. (Panic, yes definitely panic, it will help.)
- I’ve pulled out almost every item in my closet and I’m still not dressed. (Daily quote- “I have nothing to wear!”)
- The traffic is crazy and I have to be at work ASAP. (Whyyyy?)
Life can be stressful. There are so many ways to get frustrated. So many things to complain about. But the problem is,
soon we will have to speak to someone.
It may be a roommate, spouse, or family member. It may be the neighbor watering his plants or the friendly lady who works at the front desk. It’s so tempting to take out your stress and crankiness on the first person that you see. But just because it’s tempting, doesn’t mean that we should do it. Yes, we have rough days sometimes. Yes, something will likely go wrong today. But it’s how we respond to life’s demands and frustrations that reveals the condition of our heart.
So how do we respond?
We can respond two ways: kindly or unkindly. What the person “deserves” is irrelevant. That isn’t up to us to decide. We don’t know what they’ve been dealing with today, yesterday, or all last year. Everyone is struggling with something, and everyone could use a little more kindness in their lives. We have a gift that we can give them. It’s free, but it does require a little effort. We can give the gift of kindness.
We can brighten someone’s day, and even brighten our own by letting go of the negativity and focusing on all the positives. Today, you are alive. Today, something will go wrong. Today, you can choose to respond with kindness.
It’s definitely a challenge. Are you up to it? I’ve created a 30-day Kindness Challenge that I will be doing over the next few weeks. Join me! It can be done in any order, and there’s no need to feel guilty for not completing everything. The goal is to simply challenge yourself. It’s not always easy, but it’s rewarding. Stay tuned, my friends, as I write about the Kindness Challenge/practicing kindness!
What do you think of the Kindness Challenge? What are some of your ideas on practicing kindness? Share in the Comments below!