Happy New Year, guys.
I’m assuming by now, you’ve all scratched out a list of 2013 resolutions—including the plan to be kinder, right? It’s an admirable goal, but one I sometimes find hard to do for a reason I’m almost embarrassed to mention. But here it goes:
Sometimes I have a hard time thinking of kind things. I know, I know. That admission alone should get me kicked off of the KP blog. Or maybe not. I mean, just because my brain isn’t filled with selfless acts doesn’t mean I’m the second coming of Voldemort. (No, there are other reasons I’m the second coming of He Who Shall Not Be Named.*)
Here’s the thing: Whenever someone does something nice for me, there’s a moment after I feel all warm and fuzzy that I think, “Why can’t I be more thoughtful like that?” So this year, I’m putting a plan into action.
Every time someone does something kind for me, I’m going to write it down and add it to a jar. Those little slips of paper will give me ideas for ways I can brighten someone else’s day.
You can add any act to your own jar. Maybe someone sent you a kind note "just because." Or someone else stood up for you when you were standing alone. It doesn’t matter—just that the person’s actions impacted you.
Be warned: The kindness jar takes away the excuse, “I can’t think of anything kind to do for others!”
Then again, isn’t that the point?
What kindness jar–worthy act has someone done for you lately?
*For instance, my lack of a nose.