As the world is awash in feelings of hope and optimism, and new year’s resolutions and intentions are fresh in the minds of many, I am launching the “The Commitment to Kindness in 2015” series. The purpose of this latest series is to intentionally do at least one kind act each day either for someone else or for yourself, with the hope being that this commitment to kindness will begin today and last the rest of the year. For the next thirty-one days, I will be sharing how I honored my own commitment to kindness, and I hope that you will feel free to share the ways you were kind to yourself and others along the way, as well.
The first day of the new month and the new year began on a truly kind note, as I met my beautiful friend, Dina, for coffee/tea early this morning. This simple act of sharing warm beverages and having a meaningful chat on a cold morning was one way that I extended kindness to Dina, as she continues to mourn the recent loss of her twenty year old son, and it also was an act of self-care that I allowed myself to embrace, as time with Dina always is time well spent. To be able to be physically present with Dina to share our thoughts and feelings, and even shed a few tears, was one of the few tangible things I have been able to do to support her during this time of grief. One of the many things that Dina has taught me is that just being there for someone who is hurting is one of the best things anyone can do, and, so, I gladly did that for her.
In return, taking this time to be with Dina also enabled me to take some much-needed time for myself. As a hectic holiday season winds down, it felt so good to put down my “To Do List” and pick up a cup of tea and spend time in the company of such a dear soul. I soaked up the conversation, as it touched my heart and was food for thought, and our tears and laughter were the perfect accessories. It was a reminder that I need to take more time to relax and to do more things that make me happy, and so, I shall. Happy 2015!
Just one thing each day. . .