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WEEKLY INSPIRATION FROM KIND LIVING
13 January 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Hello Kind Living Friends!

This week I'm suggesting an exercise designed to get you to recognize that there are always people out there willing to be of help. I'm sure you've served in this role for someone else at some point, a stranger, even if your action seemed insignificant.

With that in mind, take the time needed to recall at least one circumstance in your life when someone unknown to you was helpful or considerate to you. Honestly, this shouldn't be that hard.

Got one? Good.

So having come up with the circumstance, share it in detail with someone close to you. If you can, do this sharing in person but if that's too difficult, feel free to share by phone, email, text, or, gasp, in a letter (ideally, handwritten).

What we're doing here is taking the positive energy generated by the circumstance and spreading it through storytelling.
 
Here's to a week of kindness!


 



FROM THE ARCHIVES - The Kindness of Strangers, 2014

On a couple of occasions, I've used a book called "The Kindness of Strangers" as a focusing agent for a kindness class. The book is the true account of a journalist who decided to walk across the United States without any money, relying on the kindness of the people he met to help him.

In 2014, I created an online version of the class that included the idea I offer above. You can access the first assignment here and those that follow by clicking the "next" link in each post.
Kind Living intends to inspire people to both
recognize and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.
Copyright © 2020 Andy Smallman, All rights reserved.


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