The Kindness Challenge / The Thoughts of an Optimist

the kindness challenge

Hello! I hope you are well and glad to see you here. Today I want to open up to you absolutely, because there is something that has been bothering me for a long time. It kills me internally. I’ll tell you about The “Do Good” Challenge.

Go make yourself a nice hot cup of coffee or sip a glass of wine because this post will be a long one.

Lately, wherever I turn, I see diseases, sad people, angry people, suffering people. I do not like. To be honest, all the people close to me have entered a terribly long series, which is gray, even black. Bad things happen, we always complain about something.

I may be extremely sensitive, but I want to see more good things around me. More positivism. Especially now in this pandemic, I think we all need positive emotions.

Strange things have happened in my life lately. But I’m an optimist, I’ve always been, but seeing all the grief and evil around me, I’m starting to get scared. I’m afraid how much longer it will last. It’s like being in a movie, in a battle between good and evil.

I will write my day briefly to give you an idea. And I’m sure you’ll recognize yourself to some degree.

I get up in the morning full of hope and positivity. I see the faces of my beloved husband and my dog. I make coffee – I love it, I can drink coffee all the time.

Everything is wonderful. I drink my coffee in peace, get dressed, put on make-up and go out to take the dog out before work. I get on the elevator and greet my neighbor with a smile on my face, and he sits and stares blankly without saying a word. I say to myself, “Okay, no problem. He may not have heard me, he may be asleep. But no, he never greets me. But that can’t break me.”

I leave the entrance of the block where I live with a smile. As a dog owner I am always open to other dogs, I always stop to talk to other owners, to get to know each other, to exchange something interesting about our dogs.

Since I have a dog, I have discovered that there is an unwritten rule between dog owners and that is that when dogs play or even just stop sniffing each other we always say “Hello” and always when dogs enjoy each other at the end we wish you each other a “nice day”. Yes, but here as with the neighbor in the elevator. Probably only 40% of dog owners return my courtesies and do not leave me for 5 minutes to feel awkward while the dogs are playing together. Anyway, I can take that too. That won’t brake me too.

Then, smiling, I decide to go to work. I order a taxi because it’s raining, and my husband came home from a night shift an hour ago. I sit and wait in front of the building entrance. The taxi arrives and stops in front of the next entrance, for some reason given that there are no cars rushing behind it. It doesn’t matter, I won’t fall apart from a few drops of water.

I hurry to get in the taxi and greet the driver again with a smile. Guess – he doesn’t answer me. We arrive at the airport where I work. The driver angrily snorts at the amount. I pay, I kindly wish him a nice day, and I head to the building at my working place.

I go in there and I watch angry faces all day, I hear screams, I see people trying ugly to dominate others. Everyone is trying NOT to help the person next to them, but on the contrary – trying to harm them. I see people who are absolutely selfish. I see people who live to gain some imaginary fame. People who want to prove how much they cost, but in the wrong way. I see people with narrowed corners of their eyes and artificial smiles. And I don’t like that at all. The situation is poisonous. That’s why I crave GOODNESS SO MUCH.

Living and working in such an environment kills us. The truth is that even if I have a quiet evening after such a day, it does not help me fully recover.

I do not want to bore you at all with my life. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances with whom I communicate every day and they share the same with me. I see how some of the most positive people I know begin to fade away in the face of the malice and darkness that surrounds them.

I’m sad. That’s what prompted me to write this post and urge you to be good, no matter how difficult it is in this world.

If each of us focuses and does this for a higher purpose in life, I think we will live in a wonderful place. I want to believe that this is not just a dream, but could become a beautiful reality.

If you have been following me for some time and you are familiar with my work, you will know that I always want to help. But today I stand before you more openly than ever, and I want to ask you to think about how you could help someone. It doesn’t require anything, believe me. As cliché as it may sound, even your smile could help a stranger. I absolutely stand behind that.

I think that everyone could turn kindness into daily action – for themselves, for their family and for everyone else.

Every morning when you get out of bed, just ask yourself, “What good can I do today?”

The answers can be endless. They may include, “I can drink more water to stay hydrated and help me stay with my loved ones longer.”, “I can hold the door for the mother with the young child and help her with the shopping bags she carries.”, ” I can put food and water on a stray animal. ”

I can give you thousands of ideas, but I will keep them for my next post, because I notice that people love when they are reminded. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do – I’ll remind you a little bit of the great things you could do every single day.

I believe that I am not the only one who needs more goodness in my life. I’m sure you have that need too. I’m sure the people around you need that too.

I want to hear more great good deeds by watching the news on television, and not to watch crime news and news of robberies and all sorts of other atrocities.

Each of us must contribute and give our share of goodness in this world, because I am convinced that each of us wants to receive it.

My challenge to you is to share this post if you have felt it deep in your heart and if your heart has tightened as you read it. Share it to reach more people, because we never know who would need to read it.

Part of my challenge is to ask yourself, “What good could I do today?” every day and to do something good, be it to yourself, to someone close or to a stranger. This is the way to make the world a good place again, suitable for a normal and peaceful life.

Thank you for stopping here.

 

With love,

Monica

 



4 thoughts on “The Kindness Challenge / The Thoughts of an Optimist”

  • I love the idea of a kindness challenge! One thing I’ve always like is ‘paying it forward’ where you do something nice for someone and don’t ask them to do anything in return, but rather to do something nice for someone else. That way it’s passed along to others.

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