Sometimes the hardest part of being creative is starting. We are expecting the flow to occur, the brilliant idea to bloom, something to occur to us that will knock the socks off our fans. Unfortunately, there are days when it just doesn’t occur, but we start anyway. There is something about the beginning that inspires the ending, and the creative juices begin to flow, or at least we can follow the stream of consciousness to a logical end.
Okay, maybe not. Being semi-retired and a beautiful day inspires me to be outside rather than inside writing my next blog. Today was one of those days. It was warm enough to walk outside without a heavy jacket. The heat of the sun seeped into my bones making me feel cozy and snug in my own body, and my heart expanded as if were the beautiful crocus blooming in my front yard. It rained yesterday; the first rain of spring. The yards began to green, the trees to bud, and everything felt fresh and new. My mind is shifting to rebirth not only of the physical world around us, but of our spirit.
The Dalai Lama said “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
In an effort to remove myself from the rancor surrounding the passing of the health reform bill, I have made a stronger effort each day to be kind to everyone I meet; to show compassion to those who are struggling. By taking charge of who I am willing to be, I found myself to be more peaceful, and gentler with those around me. Life became easier and the drive to “do” lessened.
In my quest for more kindness, I discovered a wonderful website called “A Million Moments of Kindness” where you can submit your stories of kindness. They also provide links to newspapers which have columns on kindness. Each story I read on this website touched my heart, revealing the compassion we are capable of as human beings. I would love to hear your stories, and encourage you to post your kindness stories at “A Million Moments of Kindness”. MamaRed asks us to make continual deposits in the Universal Bank of Kindness and change our focus from all the nastiness in the world to filling our days with acts of kindness; shifting our spirit.
Have you performed a random act of kindness today or been the recipient of one? Please share your story with others so they might begin to change their focus.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in career and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Georgia is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach, where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098.