I have recently started a wonderful course – Power of Kindness.
This is the first week, and the assignment is “Practice being transparent in your interactions”.
It’s a wonderful theme this week, and it’s interesting to see the way in which everyone is interpreting it.
The idea for this week’s assignment comes from chapter one of the class textbook “The Power of Kindness“, the subject of which is honesty. On page 13 Ferrucci references Sydney Jourard’s book “The Transparent Self,” saying, “As soon as we become more transparent, we start to feel better.”
We are all encouraged to interpret the themes in a way that is meaningful for us.
For me, I chose to practice being transparent in regards to my communication, and how I share ideas and information.
I noticed I have a tendency to communicate in a particular way – by giving great thought and consideration as to how people will perceive me, and making that the foundation for my communication and what I say. Rather than saying what I actually think and feel.
So my exercise has been to communicate openly, freely, and from the heart.
And by doing that I have noticed that my initial desire and intention is to act with kindness and love, but I have held back through fear of what people will think of me.
I’ve learnt to accept though that although it’s scary to be so open and transparent, it’s also liberating.
From my experience there is something very special about people who communicate openly with integrity and authenticity.
“Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” ~Walter Anderson