Well, I’m going to preface this post by saying that I think this month’s challenge is one of the most challenging. In fact, it might be hard to read and difficult to accept that we might fit into any part of it. However, I think it’s also one of the most important challenges in this Twelve Months of Bliss journey. I believe that it’s so powerful, it could completely change our world. So, deep breaths. Let’s WORK HARD, together, at this month’s challenge, ok?
FEBRUARY 2016: SHARING KINDNESS OVER NEGATIVITY.
The world is changed by your example. Not by your opinion. -Paulo Coelho
Challenge: For the month of February, choose kindness over gossip within your social circles and community.
How often: Daily.
What you will need: Honest self-reflection, self-control, grace for others, and a grateful heart.
Why?: There is so much gossip, negativity, and hurtful words thrown around every single day. And can I tell you something? You are a part of this problem. I am a part of this problem. And it’s time we stop contributing to negative behavior. If we want a better, kinder world, it must start with us. Bullying doesn’t just happen in high schools. It happens in coffee shops, girls night outs and mom groups; it’s in blog posts, tweets and Facebook posts, and phone calls. Make a choice this month to say no to gossip, to say no to negativity. Make a choice to be kind to others – whether you know them or not. And if you find yourself having a hard time saying anything positive about someone, something, or a situation? Practice silence. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”)
It starts in your heart and it starts in your mind. Let’s share our dreams with each other, and let’s help each other put those dreams into action. Let’s aim to speak, think and do things that are going to better ourselves, each other, and our world.
[For those of you keeping a 12MofBliss journal: Have you been in a situation this month where you chose to keep quiet, to say nothing at all, when someone else was gossiping or speaking negatively about someone or something else? How did it feel? Awkward? Empowering? By the end of the month, what things were brought to light in your life? Were you able to focus on better things? Did you see others in better light? What is kindness to you? Is it a thought? A spoken word? An action? ]
February’s Linkup: This month’s linkup will take place at Ember Grey on Wednesday, February 24. This linkup will serve as a place for all of us to share our thoughts and reflections on this particular challenge. Hope to see you there!