Reflections on the Kindness Challenge

Ultimate success--Fred Rogers

The Kindness Challenge has come to an end!  This lovely event was created by Niki of The Richness of a Simple Life blog.  She also created a Facebook page, Everyday Kindness, as well.  If you want to do the Kindness Challenge, you can still jump in.

The challenge for week 7 was to do secret kindnesses, and the prompt is to reflect back on the challenge as a whole.  I must say that I’ve enjoyed this challenge.

I’m not sure that I’ve become a kinder person.  I’m generally a pretty kind person.  But it has raised my awareness.  It brings me joy to notice the kindnesses around me.  I notice  more.  Not just kindnesses toward me, but kindness toward others. Little things, like a kind word, or helping someone reach something on a high shelf in the grocery store or just a smile to a passing stranger or friend.

And I have been more aware of the many kind people I have in my life, people who care about me and go out of their ways to let me know.

I have enjoyed thinking about kindness, finding quotes about kindness, participating with other people who are thinking about kindness.

For me, the first challenge is still my biggest challenge.  Being kind to myself.

be kind to yourself

Taking care of myself.  As a mother, and as a teacher of young children, so much of my work (and perhaps success) comes from kindness and taking care of others.  This is a good thing, and I love these roles. But remembering to take care of myself requires constant vigilance.  It’s easy to slip into old habits, to push myself too hard, to berate myself for not doing enough, to stay up too late.  This challenge has reinforced for me how important it is for me to take care of myself so I can be kinder to others.

 

Thanks, Niki–for the kindness and thoughtfulness that went into creating the Kindness Challenge!  I plan on doing it next year, too.

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishes you lots of kindness throughout your day.

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

13 thoughts on “Reflections on the Kindness Challenge

  1. Very cool! I just launched my own kindness project so it’s neat to hear that other people are also doing their own.

    I’ve never thought about incorporating kindness to myself in my project though.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love that you already considered yourself kind but noticed yourself being more aware of kindness. Keep being mindful of yourself, as we realized by tending to yourself you’re able to give the best of yourself to others. Thank you so much for joining on this journey! I look forward to next year ❤

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