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24 February 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Hello Kind Living Friends!

In the book "The Transparent Self," author Sydney Jourard writes:
"As soon as we become more transparent, we start to feel better."

In the spirit of this quote, I encourage you to put into mindful practice the concept of transparency this week. In so doing, look for an opportunity for an act of kindness and then complete it.
  • Is it by being honest with someone when your temptation is to talk around the truth? If so, be honest using intelligence and tact.
  • Is it by being honest with yourself, perhaps by recognizing a problem rather than pretending there isn't one?
  • Maybe it's by saying no when you really want to say no, instead of saying yes?

To extend this exercise, tell a friend about your experience this week and include the challenges you had.
  • Were you able to be transparent consistently?
  • Were there times when you really didn't want to be transparent? 
If you're willing, let me know how this goes for you!


FROM THE ARCHIVES - Theme of the Week, 2018


I first presented this theme as the closing activity for a class in 2010. In 2018, I simplified it by writing this:

The idea with this theme is for you to do something ordinary in a way that will have someone with whom you come in contact want to talk about you at their dinner table.

You’ve done it, haven’t you? Talked about someone at dinner who in some way stood out for you during the day?

  • The bus driver who sang out the stops
  • The grocery store bagger who truly engaged you in conversation
  • The driver who stopped to let the family of ducks cross the road? 

Be that person for someone else. Behave in a way that inspires them to remark about you.

Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.

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