This week one of our assignments for the Master Keys Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) was to observe kindness in others and ourselves. It seems simple enough. Just observe other people and pay attention to their actions, especially kindness. Also our assignment is to do small acts of kindness with at least two acts of kindness, ours or observed, recorded daily in the Alliance section of the course's dashboard. As of this time there is 2081 post in the Alliance section.
This sounds like it is a simple assignment but is it really that simple? Let us look at the assignment from two points' action and observation. First Action: the manner or method of performing, from Merriam-Webster Dictionary on line. This seems pretty simple but what is required is not that simple. Most of us go through life pretty much on autopilot. How many times have you driven some place and realized you were there and did not remember the drive there?
We go to work, eat out, go to sporting or cultural events, or shopping and do not pay close attention to the people around us. If we are to perform act of kindness we have to pay closer attention to our surroundings. We must Focus our minds on our surroundings. No longer can we go grocery shopping and be in the fog of autopilot because we know the store's layout and where the items we want to buy are located.
Helping someone reach something on an upper shelf they can't reach, picking up something that a person dropped or maybe letting the mother with her children go ahead of you at the deli counter, this could have other benefits if you had a long list. These are but a few ways to show kindness. Our focus and observations skills are being used and developed at the same time.
Second Observation: the act of careful watching and listening: the activity of paying close attention to someone or something in order to get information, from Merriam-Webster Dictionary on line. In our assignment the information is 'act of kindness.' Here again we need to Focus and Observe. I'm not suggesting that we go around staring at people. We just need to focus on our surrounding and observe what is really happening. We will see acts of kindness.
Kindness rules but I believe the hidden lesson in this exercise is focus and observation. How many of us go around on autopilot not aware of our surroundings? Just watch your evening news to hear about people that were not aware of their surrounds.
And remember what Mandino said "Henceforce will I love all mankind. from this moment all hate is let from my veins." So go forth and kindness render!
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