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13 July 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Hello Kind Living Friends!

This week's haiku encourages you to treat yourself to an outside walk. While you're doing that, consider the pandemic from the perspective of another person, maybe someone you don’t particularly like or respect.

To do this, you may really need to slow yourself down, especially if you find yourself worked up about this person or our collective situation. That unto itself, the slowing down, is a kindness to you, to the person you’re thinking about, and to all of us.

Additionally, and in the spirit of imagining what it is like to consider the pandemic from the perspective of another person, write about someone you’d like to try being if you weren’t you. Imagine being this person for a day or longer. It’s okay to choose a real person, living or dead, or a fictional one like a character from a book, TV show, or movie to whom you are drawn.

Try answering the following questions:

  • What are the qualities or circumstances that draw you to this person?
  • What is the first thing you’d do as this person?
  • Does anything surprise you about the experience?
  • How do you feel?

Part of the purpose of this exercise is to get us outside of our own heads, to recognize we are part of something bigger than ourselves, and that others experience things differently than we do.

With empathy,

PS -- Happy 86th birthday today to my dad, Al Smallman!

Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.
Copyright © 2020 Andy Smallman, All rights reserved.

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