I am participating in the Kindness Challenge. If you haven’t heard of it, go check it out here. Yesterday was the last day of Week 3.
Week 3 was all about kind energy. Niki said this ” We are going to focus our thoughts and actions on coming from a place of kindness. Speaking kind words, thinking kind thoughts, and acting and reacting in kind ways. Our goal is to radiate kindness. Use the everyday opportunities in your life to come from a place of kindness, I encourage you to start at home. What better place to practice your efforts of guiding your thoughts so that your actions can come from a place of kindness?”
I tried, my God, I tried. I have a HUGE problem with Reacting to people. Even though, I typically start from a happy positive place, the second that something gets under my skin, I am like a ticking time bomb ready to explode.
OH well, I bit my tongue so many times this past week. I just nodded and smiles so much I thought my head was going to fall off. I reached out, I asked caring and thoughtful questions, I went out of my way and was super helpful. All just to get shit on over and over, by the one person I was specifically throwing this kind energy at.
However, I found Kind Energy coming back to me from so many other people instead. Which really just proves everything that I think about the way the world works. You get out, what you put in. Karma!
So, I’m going to show you where I saw all the wonderful energy!!
- On Tuesday at work it was a beautiful day. My team went out to lunch together, which is always enjoyable. Then on our way back to work, we all got slurpees. The weather was gorgeous, so we worked outside for like 3 hours. I took my laptop out to the courtyard, kicked my shoes off and got work done. It was amazing. My co-workers and I were soaking in the sun, enjoying conversation and just having a great afternoon at work.
- On Wednesday James had a baseball game. Now for those of you who have been reading/following, you know that Jess and I are friends now. Jess is the kid’s stepmom. However, our new found friendship and ease of getting along is something that others are still getting used to. My Dad was sitting next to Jess at the game. I looked down in the middle of the game and I saw the two of them talking. Having what I imagine was their first real conversation ever. It brought a tear to my eyes.
- Also on Wednesday I got a text from a good friend. She said that if we could come and pick them up by Saturday, that her couches were ours. Currently in our living room we had a love seat and a sofa. Both which were pretty beat up and had seen much better days, like 10 years ago. Though we weren’t going to buy new furniture, because we are hoping to move in about a year and want to buy furniture that will work for our new space. So, I was just dealing with it, but not liking it much at all. Well a couple friends of ours moved, got new furniture and were looking to get ride of their old set. So, it isn’t new, just new to us, a little bit worn, but in MUCH better shape than our old stuff. They gave us a coffee table and 2 end tables too. I am in love with my new furniture 🙂
- Lastly, all wonderful things we were able to do with our kids this weekend. First the older 3 boys went and helped my parents with some landscaping Saturday morning. My Dad even paid them! Then we went with my parents to the Swim Club that they belong to. 3 hours in the pool and in the sun, just enjoying ourselves. Sunday we started the day at the Zoo, all 8 of us for the first time this season. Then we headed right over to our friends house for a BBQ. The kids were so good at the first BBQ, we went to a second BBQ. We were out for 10 hours and had a great time. We are so fortunate to have friends that invite us to come over to their house and welcome all 6 of our children.
So, even though I didn’t get the Kind Energy back from the person that I was seeking it from. I did get it back in life. I put kindness out there and it was returned. I have always believed that you get what you put in, even if it isn’t exactly the way that you thought it was going to be.