What you look for multiplies…ever notice that once you focus on something different, all of a sudden, you can see it everywhere?
I remember first feeling it years ago when I bought a new car. My new convertible felt like it was made just for me….even the colour I ordered was a new shade of blue. The car dealer even told me, you will be the only one with this car….feeling rather special, off I drove behind the wheel. I think it was about 2 or maybe 3 weeks later I saw another of the same convertibles…then another and another. Could they all have followed my lead and bought them right after me?? Not likely. I guess I just never noticed them before. Within a few more weeks, it almost felt like every other car was my new Solora. and then it happened…..my very special blue colour, reserved just for me at the car factory….was shared and there they were….not only my car, but my same colour! How dare those owners buy my exact car!
What’s my point? Well of course here were other cars just like mine…many others. I just never noticed them before because I wasn’t “in tune” with looking for them.
I share this example, and there are others that I am sure you could relate to, because this week, my classmates in the MKMMA are looking for and sharing examples of KINDNESS acts. There are good people doing good things everywhere but until you actually focus on the act of looking for them, they don’t always seem as plentiful and all around us. Well, what has been fascinating is the incredibly high number if incidences wherever I went these last days! Little things…like someone opening a door for someone, and sometimes for me…or seeing a car driver letting someone else into traffic head of them…or helping someone with carrying something to ease their load. Wow! Wherever I seemed to go, KINDNESS was there. Did it follow me? No. It was there all along and I had the pleasure of enjoying being an observer of KINDNESS.
In fact, I am a pretty thoughtful person and like to think I do things that are also kind. I didn’t need this week’s lesson to prompt that action. However, by observing and recognizing KINDNESS in a more focused and acknowledged way, I automatically started doing more acts of KINDNESS myself!
Now here is an even bigger and more enriching part of our class assignment this week….we are to be doing two RAKs each day…..a RAK is a Random Act of Kindness and the best part is trying not to get caught! It has been so fun trying to be a clever RAKer! My classmates have posted great ideas, some of which I borrowed and tried as well. My favourite was scraping the frosted windshields from 2 cars this morning so as to help neighbours get to their days a little easier, faster and warmer…super fun!
Try it on for a day or two, or more! If you want to feel great, giggle inside with gratitude, do a RAK!! Go for it…better than chocolate and most everything else!