One of my favorite artist's, Jane LaFazio, began The Kindness Chronicles today with some of her friends. You can read about it here on her blog: Janeville
The goal is that the first Sunday of each month we pay attention to kindness, both shared and received. Part of me wishes that I knew about it before I left the house today and I had to chastise myself because I shouldn't need a prompt to be kind.
I have no huge things to share and realize that is how most days really are when we don't make kindness a priority.
As I reviewed the day I was reminded of the smiles I both received and gave, the hugs shared, and the gifts that are part of what this vocation calls me to, sacramentally and relationally.
Kindness was given in sharing a God box with a friend who needed one, chatting with a teen I have missed about life and then finding a snack together, making a collage for someone I haven't seen in a while, and in guarding my tongue when I wanted to be not so nice (perhaps that really is something else, yet today it felt like a kind thing).
Kindness was received in words of affirmation after stepping out of my comfort zone in the pulpit, new trees to bring shade outside my kitchen, a chance to make amends, and receiving a holy meal with brothers and sisters as we journey together.
The lessons for me are:
~ that I shouldn't need to be reminded to be kind.
~ I am blessed to do what I do where I do it.
~ being kind is mostly about the little things that add up to make a big difference.
Feel free to join me in paying attention to kindness and the lessons it brings.