Can We Simply Do The Next Kind Thing?

IMG_8542What if every one of us simply the next kind thing?

What if every human woke up and made an intentional decision to do the next kind thing with everyone they encountered on that new day? How would our tumultuous world be different if we were simply kinder? I believe this is a question Daniel Lubetzky had pondered before he founded The Kind Movement in 2008.

'No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.' Aesop

Did You Know? The spring-board for this movement was a line of healthy products that were first developed in 2004. They are sold everywhere and you have probably tried one or two of them. They are still a popular choice 13 years later. So the next time you grab a delicious snack called a KIND bar, think about the origin of this treat!

The KIND Movement is a mission to inspire kindness. Small acts or big, this movement encourages it—from writing a thank you letter to someone who deserves it to volunteering with an organization you care about. Every day, our community (aka YOU!) brings us one step closer to our goal of making kindness a state of mind.

Need some inspiration for your kids or for yourself?

Click Here for some printable kindness cards produced by The Kind Movement.

Or here for a cool kindness checklist!

Was there bullying in your childhood or in the childhood of someone you love? Sadly, this was the case for founders of the Kind Campaign, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson when they were college classmates. Their attempt at growing more kindness in our world is now  an internationally  recognized nonprofit organization that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting girl-against-girl bullying through their global movement, documentary film, in-school assemblies and educational curriculums.

One more way to show kindness to those in our path is to put our phones away! Our phones are becoming a wall between us hindering communication and intimacy with one another.

So Go On and Do It Anyway

[pullquote]No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody sitting on the couch.” Anonymous[/pullquote]

I did not feel like exercising this morning…but I did it anyway and I am glad! In fact, I must say, that I have never worked out and not felt better afterwards-both mentally and physically.

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I was first introduced to this book, Younger Next Year, (and there is one for men, too!) when I was turning 5-0 a few years back, and I have referred to it off and on through the years.  My copy is tattered, highlighted, and marked up. One of the main points that I go back to is their emphasis on exercise and movement. The authors state boldly that FITNESS brings GROWTH, whereas lack of it, brings DECAY. I want growth…and I’ll bet that you do, too! Fitness in the winter might be walking around your local mall a few times first thing in the morning, bundling up and meeting a girlfriend for a power walk, or simply marching in place while you catch up on your favorite show on television. However you choose to make it happen, 30 minutes of daily movement can have an enormous impact on how we feel.

So let’s do it anyway, even when we don’t feel like it!

CIMG2586This reminds me of another kind of “DO IT ANYWAY!”

As we journey through life, we will often encounter what I call “sand paper people”. You know, those that can be difficult to get along with no matter what. These folks need love just like the rest of us. In our home, we have the following framed in our living room area. I try to read it often, as I walk right by it,  because it reminds me of fitting ways to LIVE and LOVE.

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People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered, forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends, and some true enemies, succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight, build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU HAVE, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;

it was never just between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa    (1910-1997)

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[pullquote]Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
Audrey Hepburn[/pullquote]