A Year of Kindness and Thoughtful Action
Time for holidays, celebration, and hopefully some time to replenish the tank. My word of the year for 2021 was ACT and I wrote about it all year long. How to ACT with patience, loving-kindness to yourself and others. How to connect with your neighbors, spread kindness when you are traveling, and reemerging after social distancing.
This week, we had to say goodbye to our beloved 14-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I am heartbroken. Although I know Ginger was ready, and I thought I was too, grief is so hard. Ginger joined our family the summer after my father died. She was my constant companion while I wrote my 1st book and grew my speaking business. When our second Cavalier Remy joined the family, I called them my “colleagues” since they were always in my office when I was working.
Right now, as we are all collectively emotionally exhausted and drained, I remind myself and you that we MUST practice patience and grace with each other. We have no idea what grief the person next to us, at the supermarket, in line for something, or one of our work colleagues is going through right now. Someone at your office who you find difficult probably has something they are struggling with outside of their work responsibilities. Everyone is dealing with something right now.
You just don’t know what that is. So, choose to ACT with patience, EVEN when that other person doesn’t behave with kindness. Elevate your own actions even when someone else is rude. Shower them with kindness EVEN when you don’t THINK they deserve it. Take a breath, remember that we are all experiencing grief right now for so many things in our world. Be the light in the darkness and practice patience and grace for yourself and others.
My clients have repeatedly asked all year how to deal with the overwhelm and to ACT with more loving-kindness when they are emotionally fatigued, and their resilience tanks are almost empty.
A Future of Kindness
Reflecting back on the year there are definite moments of pride where I felt that my career mission to spread and inspire kindness was being achieved. The Economy of Kindness book officially launched in October of this year, and that was absolutely one of those moments. The book shares dozens of ideas for acknowledging and recognizing your staff in big ways and small. It helps your leaders determine what role they can play in elevating and cultivating a strong culture of kindness even in these challenging times.