I'm thrilled to be joining The Kindness Project, the brain child of a big group of cool writers, with Carolina Valdez Miller leading the charge.
Here's the premise, from Carolina's blog:
"Too often kindness is relegated to a random act performed only when we’re feeling good. But an even greater kindness (to ourselves and others) occurs when we reach out even when we aren't feeling entirely whole. It’s not easy, and no one is perfect. But we’ve decided it’s not impossible to brighten the world one smile, one kind word, one blog post at a time. To that end, a few of us writers have established The Kindness Project, starting with a series of inspirational posts. We post the second Wednesday of every month."
With this in mind, I've spent most of today pondering kindness. But the thing about kindness is... wait for it... it's hard.
Some days I am SO THERE-- I'm a nice person-- I like the elderly, small children, and animals. Some days it's easy to be Cinderella, singing to the birds and coordinating local mice into acts that benefit mankind.
And some days I'm Maleficent, barely holding it all together (she IS evil, but she has the best bad-lady name of ALL time).
Today I woke up with a migraine. It was just one of those days. One of those days when you want to believe that if you force yourself to sit and work, the migraine will somehow go away (even though typing and staring at computer screens does the opposite).
I failed to accomplish much this morning. I stopped for lunch, and then went back to the computer. I started slogging away again, and then I realized I wasn't being kind.
So I pushed away from the desk and did a few things for me. I had a bath. I ate a fruit popsicle. I read. I took an Aleve. (Yay!)
By then it was time to pick up the boys, but my migraine had dissipated.
I didn't get a lot of words down on paper today. I didn't finish the latest article I'm trying to crank out. Lord knows I didn't pay any bills or clean the house (Shh... I wouldn't have done the last two anyway).
What were you today, Cinderella or Maleficent?
Want to join the kindness? Just grab the button. Then be kind.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out other posts with The Kindness Project.
Sophia Chang Sara Larson
Erica Chapman Matthew MacNish
Jessica Corra Sara McClung
Elizabeth Davis Gretchen McNeil
Christa Desir Leigh Moore
Sarah Fine Tracey Neithercott
Claire Hennessy Elizabeth Poole
Elana Johnson Lola Sharp
Liza Kane Michele Shaw
Amie Kaufman Meagan Spooner
Alina Klein Carolina Valdez Miller