Monday, August 6, 2012

Kindness Revolution

Kindness is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others.

 I think it is time for a KINDNESS REVOLUTION!
It's time to look at those around us and think of ways we can help and bless them. It's time to look beyond ourselves and our own troubles and genuinely care for our friends and want the best for them.

The above definiton describes kindness well. Kindness is marked by good and charitable behaviour, a pleasant disposition and concern for others. Kindness can be anything from cooking a meal for a friend who is sleep deprived, writing an encouraging text message or card, giving a big smile and wave when you pass them on the road, blessing them with a gift, or just sitting and asking if someone is ok, just out of genuine concern and love. Simply BE NICE!!   These things seem simple, but the impact these actions can have on someone can be life changing!

As a family we have personally experienced kindness on a great level. Most people know that Todd hit his head and received a brain injury 4 years ago. When this happened he was pretty much stuck on the couch for 3 months, wasnt able to work or drive. I had a 2 year old, a 13 month old, a 3 week old and a non-functioning husband, it was tough. We had no income and things were tight!! This is where i discovered the power of Kindness. We had people bring us meals, we had food parcels arriving at the door step, we had envelopes arrive in the mail containing money. Without peoples kindness i'm not really sure how we would have got through those few months. 
More recently i have been encouraged by a great friend who didnt want me to be cold this winter so she bought me an electric blanket and leather gloves. What a blessing she is to me. Her kind, thoughtful actions have impacted my life and now I want to bless others, so they can feel loved and encouraged too.

Are there people around you in need? People who may need encouragement? People who may need a smile? Im sure there is. Think about someone you can show kindness to and go for it. It is the best feeling ever to bless someone! let the Kindness revolution begin!!!!

Once upon a moment...

Every day is made up of moments, and it is in these moments that memories are made.

I dont know about anyone else, but for me this year is vanishing before my eyes, and it is really scaring me! How can we already be in August? Time is going so fast, and there is absolutely nothing i can do to stop it.  My children are growing up, right before my eyes, and there is nothing I can do about it. I just cant stop time. I want to, so badly, but I am powerless. I want my kids to stay little for that tiny big longer, but they can't! They can't! I can't!  Aggggghhhh there is nothing I can do but surrender to the passing of time.  Bec, breathe, it's ok, (and this is what I do say to myself sometimes). The truth is, I may not be able to control the passing of time but I can control what I do with my time.

 I like to break time up into moments. Just the word 'moments' makes me smile. We have good moments and bad moments, and it is these moments that make up our day. In one day we can experience moments of great joy, peace and happiness as well as moments of great frustration, anger and sadness. And sadly, it is often these bad moments that shape our perception of the day as we reflect back on it.

My challenge is to pay extra attention to the good moments and just STOP! Actually be in the moment.  Dont let the good moments just drift by but stop and spend that little bit of extra time cuddling your baby, pushing your child on the swing, chatting with a friend or just enjoying the sun. Acknowledge the good moment, let yourself experience the emotion that comes with that moment, take some deep breaths and smile... this is living. These are the moments you will remember, these are the moments that will form your memories. Yes, we do experience moments of frustration, when the kids just wont listen, or when they have spilt milk all over the floor and finger painted with it, but remember these moments will pass. Do what you need to do to get through it, and chose to move on and leave that frustration and anger in that moment :) It may seem overwhelming at times, but take one step at a time, and you will get through, you really will.

Time goes fast... tick tock tick tock... look there goes a second! The kids will grow up and they won't want to cuddle you on the couch, sing silly songs with you as you dance around the room, or even come to the toilet with you! sniff sniff  So let's make the most of these moments we have. Dont waste your precious time. Use it wisely. Really live in those happy moments as you make amazing memories.

This is my challenge for myself. I wrote it for me. This is what is on my mind at the moment. I hope you enjoy :)