This week’s challenge asks that you choose kindness without expecting anything in return. I have actually been doing this for a while. My father taught me this lesson at a very young age. He told me that to being kind includes doing or acting in a manner where you don’t naturally expect anything in return. You do things because you want to, without any attachments or reciprocation.
So, for the most part, I try to do this. I like to give gifts and treat people to meals just because. I try to donate to fundraising events. I find joy in the company’s efforts to donate to those in need. However, while these things are very nice, they always involve a monetary transaction. I’ve gotten used to that, and it has become easy for me. Thus, I wanted to find genuine things to do so that I can do them more often….something thoughtful, with impact, but doesn’t involve my wallet.
So, I tried to start small. It may sound strange, but I said hello to people in passing or to those I haven’t talked to in a while. I complimented someone just because I noticed it. I stood up for someone when another person was criticizing them behind their back. Instead of reselling my nearly new items for profit, I decided to give them to a friend who could use them. I tried to forget the little things that surfaced during the week with certain individuals and hope for the best.
These things may sound so little, but this week was rough both professionally and personally. To maintain a kind demeanor, especially a genuine one, was not easy during this stressful time. However, each time I did it, I felt better. I had always wanted to be more approachable and kind, and this week made it so. I didn’t care for any result in my favor, I just wanted to be kind.
It definitely made me feel a little less stress, and with more practice, it will just be. I’m glad that I can bring one of my father’s great lesson to life.