Acts of kindness carrying on, even if the information is getting out a day or two later. I’m trying to work on balance, too. Balancing the specific kind acts with maintaining kindness in everyday life, it is sometimes far too easy to slip back into the mode of not having enough time for anyone but your inner circle.
With the beginning of a new year, we all try to get back into better habits and starting on that imaginary clean slate. One of the items on my list of things to improve on is finding my faith, mix goodness, Christianity and Buddhism and roll them into something that works for me or again find the balance that is important. I have been brought up in the Catholic faith, strict nuns and rules and church all the time and at this time it isn’t the right fit. In our lives sometimes, we question our direction and where we are headed and what is guiding us there. My other half had wanted to attend services at the church we have christened our son in and where he attended his first year of preschool. While I might not be where I need to be faith-wise, I know it is important to have some structure for my child, so his building blocks are stable and can be moved or arranged as he would like to grow over his lifetime. This, as with all of my stories, finds its way to a point somewhere.
Ash Wednesday at Good Shepherd was getting together the congregation to break bread and come together to talk and share before services. While I wasn’t going to be able to attend since I had class, I thought it would be a great act of kindness to cook and bake items to share with others that might not have had the time to do it in their workday. I made a steaming hot pan of lasagna with homemade garlic bread and some tasty turtle brownie cookies. It was such a nice place to share dinner with friends, old and new and even have a chance to share the story of my mission of kindness with the pastor. Selfishly enough, it makes me feel so good inside to make others feel good, needed and wanted. It’s the eagerness to pull the smiles and happiness out of people to thrive and fuel my days. Even without spending lots of money and time we can come together to make a difference not only to others but to ourselves.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”
~ Quote by The Buddha