I’ve always believed that I had the power to change the world, but life has taught me that it is an overwhelmingly difficult, if not, impossible task. What I have come to learn is that the instant I take the “I” out of the statement, in thought and deed, then a whole new dynamic appears. For what naturally replaces “I” is “we.” “We” is literally infinite in dimension. It goes on forever in both time and space.
For example, communicating in cyberspace is a non-physical encounter with no limitations. The “we” that share the contents of this blog extends as far and wide as this energy transmission can go and be received. The power to change the world depends on the power of the message and readiness of the “we” to accept and live consistent with the message. And now the message: Along with me, I invite you to think and live “simple acts of kindness for one week.” View every encounter you have as an opportunity to transform that relationship to peace, harmony, and love. (I know this invitation sounds mushy but examine your own mental, physical, and spiritual well-being afterwards.) You might start with your family or those you encounter on a daily basis.
Here is a list of what I plan to think and do for the next week:
1) I will be aware of how I prejudge others I know based on history. I will assume I am experiencing those close to me for the first time with no history brought into the present moment.
2) I will say “thank you” for every act of kindness done for me.
3) I will think of whose day might be brightened with a flower and give them one.
4) I will acknowledge to someone how important he or she is to the quality of my life.; particularly, where I have been meaning to say it for some time.
5) I will buy a new plant and nurture it to symbolize a new beginning to nurturing my own life in terms of body, mind, and spirit.
6) I will give to others in need, regardless fo their condition in life.
7) I will pay close attention to the needs of my children that I may have recently neglected.
I will allow others to be or go first and celebrate their success.
9) I will conserve my use of water, electricity (power), food, to use only what I absolutely need.
10) I will live all of the above without the expectation of acknowledgement, change on someone else’s part, or even their conscious awareness of what I have done.
I invite you to make your own list (long or short) and live it as is appropriate for you.
Most of all, invite someone you know do the same if you believe this invitation to be an act of kindness. Together we can change the world with “Simple Acts of Kindness.”