Surviving Kindness.

Nice guys finish last.  Good guys never win.  Fear is stronger than love.  You’ve heard all of the sayings and idioms.  I won’t bore you with that.  What happened to kindness?  What happened to compassion.  I am a sheep that wears the cloak of a wolf.  I am a wolf that wears the mane of a lion.  I am a lion that wears the mask of a man.  In the end, I simply want peace and love.  Love is slowly becoming a foreign language to me.  Peace seems even more foreign.  What happened?  I don’t know when the change came, but the change has come.  No one seems to care.  As I write this post, I have so much to say, but my fingers aren’t quite capable of keeping up with my mind.  With that being said, as I always say, I want to see a change in the world.  I am keenly aware that any form of true change has to begin with me.  So, let’s do this.  Since the world is relatively trendy right now, let’s commit to a challenge.  Let’s call it the Change the World Challenge.  Here it goes…

Day One:  Speak to everyone that gives you eye contact with more than hello.  When you see them, look them in their eyes, say hello, ask them about their day, and respond in kind.

Day Two:  When you are at work, school, home, library, etc., be still for a moment and ask yourself this simple question; “What is one good thing that I can say about today?”  Don’t look at the macro perspective, examine the micro perspective.

Day Three:  Forgive someone that you have been holding a grudge against for quite some time.  The truth of the matter is that we hold grudges because those grudges currently occupy the space that love, admiration, family friendship, kindness, or hope once existed.

Day Four:  Go out as your natural self.  For one day, don’t go anywhere as your representative.  Be the truest version of yourself while apologizing for nothing.  I’m not saying that you should be rude; I’m simply saying that you should be you.  Sometimes, we focus so much on making others comfortable, we find ourselves uncomfortable with our true selves.

Day Five:  Stand for something greater than what’s socially acceptable.   I have to believe that we are more than we represent.  Rome is burning.  While it’s socially acceptable to save the whales, humans are dying.

Day Six:  Give something away.  Give something away that you value to someone who needs it more than you.  If you work, buy a lunch for someone who can’t afford it.  If you have more than you need, give away something that you often overlook to someone who needs it more than you do.  When you give something away, you are blessed with the gift and wonder of thanks.

Day Seven:  Love.  Turn off your cell phones, close your laptops, turn off your television, and love.  Take a walk, drive, or excursion and discover something new about the familiar.  If you have a lover, rediscover what made you love them.  If rediscovery is difficult, discover something new. On day seven, you should love until your soul is nourished.  At the end of day seven, if you feel no differently, begin again at day one.

As always, this week, do something for someone else for no other reason than to make their lives better.  Also, if you make it to where you are going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us.  Patrick

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