According to the Jewish calendar (a Jewish calendar is lunar vs a solar calendar like the one the US and other countries use) tonight begins Elul — the 30 day journey to Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year). This is a very auspicious time for reflection and redirection.
Whether or not you are Jewish, I thought you might find the support of trying something new for 30 days, helpful. I know I do. Below is a link to a blog and video that was sent along by a wise and loving teacher.
Pondering what I was going to work on for 30 days, another wise and loving friend posted this thought provoking commencement speech given at Syracuse University, by George Saunders. It talks about Kindness.
Kindness has been a big topic with a girlfriend recently. Whether kind to others, or to our selves, it seems to be a characteristic that escapes us rather easily. We are all human and make mistakes. But what we do after we make them (apologize, accept apologies, “know better, do better, have empathy, beat ourselves up) is where the work begins…and ends.
I hope you will think about joining me. Of course you can pick whatever you need to work on. All I ask, is that you be kind to yourself and others, while you try.
What is the MindFULL trait you choose? Let us know?
Kindness is the biggest small thing we can give. It costs us little and yields large dividends. It impacts people you don’t know and cheers people you love.
Today I started out stressed beyond my skin. It’s all good, just a lot of good at once. As my day went on and I raised my white handkerchief, admitting my need for help, I noticed how the help flowed in. But what really caught me was how it flowed in with kindness…
We encouraged our daughter to ask for help from a teacher and she happily reported, “She was so nice about it!” I called an administrator about a Hebrew school issue and she agreed with my observation and frustration and said, “Be kind to yourself, you have a lot on your plate and we have dropped the ball. I’ll call you tomorrow and we’ll get back to bouncing.” And at lunch a friend gave me her perspective on a situation that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. She was so simple and kind in her observation. My breathe softened and my thoughts broadened.
All from a little kindness.
“Tis the season”, so they say. “Tis the season” for what? Lets say, “Tis the season for a little kindness.” It is the greatest gift you can give and receive. Give it to the folks in your life who need it most. You know who they are and you know why they need it. And then, stop, drop and give it to yourself.
I promise that you will find it becomes the gift that keeps on giving. And who couldn’t use a present like that?
How have you experienced MindFULL kindness this season? Let us know!