Time to get back to work on practicing your best life. By now you can see that the basics call for paying attention, living in the moment and adjusting your attitude frequently while still being an authentic you. One of the phrases that frequently appear in less than literary fiction is “the smile did not quite make it to his eyes”. When you observe that in yourself or others you can bet the farm that the person is not sure of his/her authentic self.
In our age group, old people, we spent years playing our roles in society. Not the roles we chose necessarily, but what we were told early on to be, how to act and what to believe. Now, we all get to redefine ourselves. My hope is that we all chose to be kind and compassionate and tell our wisdom stories in a soft way so that our children’s children really hear them. That requires practice.
Look around you for several days and see if you can spot 5 acts of kindness that you are someone around you performs. (If it is appropriate, notice it and mention it aloud)
There is an issue for me with people giving money to get their name in a booklet about the organization. Not the billionaires who are setting an example, but the people who are full of ego and hubris. An act of kindness does not have to involve money or goods.
People to people, neighbor to neighbor, driver to driver or pedesterian, young people to the elder or infirm, mother or father to child and especially children to children will help us keep some type of civility alive.
I will be looking at the Costco parking lot and the Trader Joe’s to see if there is any kindness anywhere.