Congratulations!!! We've made it to the half-way marker!! How have you been doing so far with the Kindness Challenge? Are you making progress? Have you seen differences? How has the Kindness Challenge changed you or your perspective about others?
As I have said before, I believe that in general, I am a pretty kind person. I was raised that way. I was taught to be polite and humble, honest and to always put other's comforts above my own. My mother has instilled these virtues in my from my youth and I hope that I have passed that on to my children as well.
But it seems to be a different time, these days. As I was growing up, everyone was pretty much taught the same values. So as I was being kind to others, it was being returned to me. Not because I asked for it, but because that's how their parents taught them as well. These days, it seems like those are lessons lost. We seem to be in the ME generation where you always look out for "numero uno". Which is sad. Because if we are only looking out for ourselves, what happens when we get stuck?
We were not created to be solo creatures. That's why we all have different skill sets. We were created to thrive in tribes, communities, groups, and families. We were designed to help one another and when we got stuck, someone would be there to help us.
But sadly, it seems that we are pulling further and further away from that structure, and it's going to take a concentrated effort to return to any semblance of that former life-style. That's why things like the Kindness Challenge are so important. It brings back into focus the things that are important. Stop looking at yourself for just a moment and take a look at those around you. What can you do to help your fellow man? What kind words can you say to change someone's day? Look outward. Find your tribe. Put others first. You'll be amazed at the return you get. It was His plan, when you take care of those around you, you , in turn, will be taken care of.
Have an awesome, love- giving kind of day!
Hang in there, we're HALF-WAY through the whole 30 days!!
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Elizabeth Bourgeret is a teen-life coach and Christian fiction author. She is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop.