A Little Bit of Kindness Goes a Long Way

June 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Last week involved ticking off one of my bucket list items. It was one that each year at about this time I think about but I wasn’t sure when or if it would get ticked off. A few weeks ago my friend and I joked about heading over to America to watch the Golden State Warriors play the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA finals (basketball). Little did I know that all the planets would align and it would become a reality, taking into account all the logistics that would have to be taken care of in a short space of time. We booked our tickets 4 days before going, my recently expired passport was renewed and express posted back to me 2 days before we flew out, all our personal, family and work commitments got squared away, and so we were off to San Francisco ready for what was an amazing week.

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

I have always been so grateful for the opportunities to travel within my life. Each adventure has provided me with chances to connect, laugh, stretch, learn and grow. It is inevitable while traveling though that we all have that feeling of being lost. Whether we have a map in hand, solid directions to follow, or while we are just going with the flow while exploring, new locations and ways of getting around open up a variety of challenges, but more importantly so many reminders of how far a little bit of kindness from strangers goes.

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

We definitely experienced the kindness of complete strangers during our week away. One example came as we were sitting on a train, wondering if it was really going where we wanted to go. We had jumped on the train that was about to leave the platform we thought we should be on, then had that moment of ‘not convinced’. A man that we asked didn’t know so we were left to contemplate getting off at the next station to reassess or stay on the train that had just gone past the last station that was on our map. Little did we know that the man had used his phone to find the best way to get to where we were going, coming back to us to let us know which station to get off at, which platform and time the next train would leave from, and when we would arrive at our destination. We were very grateful.

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

Kindness ripples throughout our communities each and every day. It doesn’t have to be some grand gesture, we don’t need any particular skills or possessions, just simple words or actions can assist, support or comfort others.

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Reminders

June 1, 2015 at 7:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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As I walk into the yoga studio I go to there is a little reminder that hangs beside the door. It is just three little words on a chalk board, but it makes me smile every time I walk past them and acts as an intention on some days within my practice. It says ‘Just Be You’. It’s amazing the power that little reminders like this one have in our lives, how they can bring us back in a second to something that’s important for us (always or in particular situations) as individuals or groups.

“Be open.  And then the truth follows.”
– Gangaji

Working with groups within our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program, we spend time unpacking vulnerability because each individual will inevitably encounter it as they strive to make a difference in their own and others lives. I have always loved Brené Brown’s description of the reminder she uses in such situations. It can be so easy to get caught up in our minds when we are met by a challenging interaction or are stretching into our growth zones but her three simple sentences allow her to get deliberate within this process.

“Whenever I am faced with a vulnerable situation, I get deliberate with my intentions by repeating this to myself: ‘Don’t shrink. Don’t puff up. Stand on your sacred ground’.”
— Brené Brown

So, as we navigate busyness, distraction and comparison in our 21st Century World, what reminders do you use or encounter throughout your days that bring you back?

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