This is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Do you consider yourself a kind person? Do you give kindness a regular workout to keep it flowing and strong? Being kind, being aware of the often unseen needs, frailties and hardships of others is a good way to get out of self focus. Getting out of self focus or self centeredness is a great way to find inspiration to create.
The Random Acts of Kindness, RAK, phenomenon is an interesting movement, growing nationally and internationally. As with most things there is controversy. Some say it’s better to join a do-good group to multiply the effects of good deeds rather than randomly trying to spread kindness individually. I say it doesn’t have to be either/or – just do good deeds as an intention. Money is effective as a tool of kindness, but so is action. Making a phone call, writing a note, sending a message or creating something for someone – all are thoughtful ways to spread kindness. There is a warmth involved with the giving and receiving of kindness that gets the flow started, like priming the pump.
Take a look at what some others are doing and see what moves you. Do some experimentation and keep a self-awareness log to capture feelings that you may not otherwise notice. Does helping others help you in your creative process? Let us know.