reflection : a good friend

2 – Do Something Kind For a Good Friend

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.” -Anthony Trollope

Doing kind things for our friends may be something we already do on a regular basis. But we may take for granted some of the kind things we do, especially those that seem small. My hope is by offering you the opportunity to complete a mindful act of kindness for a good friend that you had reason to consider some of these smaller kind things you are already doing. And I invite you now to consider that these small acts of kindness may very well add up to be the most significant in your life. Small acts for those closest to us require paying careful attention to these loved ones. And it is in the paying attention that we demonstrate our respect for others.

Continuing with these, don’t worry about how profound, significant or large your actions are. Just let them come from a place inside yourself that is filled with positive excitement, a place of attention. Let whatever you do radiate out from that place. Keep looking for those small acts of kindness you can do for your friends and family members. These definitely come back as kind acts to yourself. They make you feel good and they help build stronger relationships with those closest to you. The stronger these relationships are, the stronger you become and the more positive impact you carry in the world.

One more thing. I started this reflection with a quote from a 19th century English author named Anthony Trollope. When I first came across the quote it got me thinking about the small acts of kindness for those closest to us. With it in mind, consider performing a very small act of mindful kindness each day for someone close to you. What can be accomplished, one moment at a time?

Time for theme #3!

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4 thoughts on “reflection : a good friend

  1. For me it is the little acts of kindness and consideration which show warmth and caring. It does not take monumental gestures to convey love, it really can be as simple as a smile, a touch, a thoughtful action, a moment in time…

    • Ah, I love this. In fact, what I try to convey in all of my classes is the importance of what may seen like the smallest acts and gestures of kindness, what some may simply call thoughtfulness. Cultivating these on a regular basis reinforces them as habits, and as habits they become second-nature. I believe that when kindness is second-nature, all kinds of opportunities appear to us, some almost as if they have fallen from the sky.

  2. I am dressing up as the Queen of England today delivering cream puffs for a friend’s birthday. I will do a short speech of what a lovely person she is and how glad everyone is that she in particular was born. Then a short tap dance I will do in her honor (even though I do not know how to tap dance! I know she will love it!!!

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