Well actually in my case it’s kindness, but I have that song in my head now :D.
Once again I feel very privileged to be attending another one of Andy Smallman’s kindness classes – this time The Practice of Kindness.
Today I had numerous experiences to practice acts of kindness – some small, and some larger – and I am so humbled by the experience.
I have often read that what you think you become, and you draw into your life.
And I could see that today – because I was focused on kindness, and finding opportunities to practice kindness, they just seemed to keep appearing out of nowhere.
#1 After reading the latest “assignment” from the kindness class, I was trying to think what I could do that would be meaningful. And not a few minutes later my Mum rang to say one of our relatives celebrates her 80th birthday tomorrow (which I had not realised). My Mum said she thought about sending a card, but decided it was too hard.
And I knew instantly what my kind action this week would be 🙂
However it was more than about just sending a card.
I wrote my relative a lovely long letter to go in with the card. And filled her in on all that my son and I had been up to since we saw them last (more than 12 months ago). I also included photos, and a drawing done by my son.
It was such a privilege to complete the action this week. I adored how meaningful it was to actually write a letter to her. Not many people seem to write letters any more, and I know older people especially enjoy receiving one.
#2 Removing a tree branch off the road so it wasn’t a traffic hazard.
#3 As I approached my sons school, I went to press the button to cross the road, but stopped. Instead I waited for the line of cars to go through first before pressing it so I wasn’t holding them up while I crossed.
#4 I saved a Rainbow Lorikeet (native Australian bird) that had been hit by a car. I ran onto the road and scooped it up. Then sat on the footpath and gently cradled it in my hands and stroked it’s head. I held it like that until it had recovered enough to fly away.
For me, all of those opportunities were such a blessing, and I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to have done them.
Perhaps the most meaningful though for me was to help this little bird. It was so incredibly profound to sit there on the footpath cradling it’s warm little body. And stroking it’s head, and whispering to it that it would be okay.
I truly felt that it knew I meant it no harm. It didn’t struggle, or try to bite me. It just lay peacefully in my hands as I poured love into it.
And looking back on these events, nearly all involved a level of fate or “meant to be”.
I was walking to the post box when I came across the bird, just after it had been hit by the car. Had I left a few minutes later (as I had been intending to), it would have been hit by the next car going past (which was coming towards me as I ran onto the road to pick it up).
I’m really so moved by the events of today, and thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved.