A Cup of Kindness Runneth Over – Kindness Challenge, Week 4
My initial effort to find a kindness role model for week 4 of the Kindness Challenge nosedived. This flop became a lesson relearned in Coffee, Dark – Kindness Challenge week 4. I was reminded that kindness surrounds me and my simple and easy task is to allow it into my life. And as soon as I opened to the kindness in my life, a kindness role model appeared.
It became evident that she was a kindness role model as I was driving to meet her. I noticed that I felt a sense of peace and contentment. As the trees passed along the route, I pondered how these feelings revealed that kindness was part of this person. Reflecting on our past interactions, she demonstrated kindness when she deeply listened, contributed valuable feedback, or responded authentically.
After the hellos, we organically engaged in a meaningful and deep conversation. Allowing each other to correct ourselves if our words didn’t clearly define our experience while providing gentle and honest advice, feedback, and or guidance whether it involved offering a restaurant idea or a suggesting a differing point of view. Throughout our visit, I experienced the same feelings of emotional safety, enjoyment, and peace as when I was driving to her house.
Once again as I was driving home I contemplated her kindness and its personal effect. I felt lighter than when I arrived, cleaner somehow. While winding thru the back roads, I couldn’t help smiling when the adage, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” popped into my mind. This student, ready to learn, received her kindness teacher’s example of generosity, benevolence, and presence, woven into gentle, thoughtful, and caring behaviors and words. A kindness role model, indeed!