theme : a good friend

2 – Do Something Kind For a Good Friend

“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.” — Swedish Proverb

Good FriendFor this theme it is important to choose someone who is close to you in the present, someone you see on a regular basis. This need not be a family member, but it also can be. In all cases, choose someone you already know well, someone with whom you’ve gotten along well over time AND someone with whom you’ve been annoyed. Put another way, this is a person in your life who has seen you at your best and at your worst, someone with whom your friendship has stood the test of time. This is what is meant by “a good friend.”

Begin by simply but mindfully considering the friend you’ve chosen for a few minutes. Do nothing more than this, just taking the time to think about your friend. Allow your thoughts to carry you where they will. If they drift from your friend, bring them back. Then, through this consideration, allow an idea for a kind action you can do for your friend to surface. This need not be anything “big.” It is important that it be simple and mindful.

As you contemplate your kind action, please take a minute to read Andy’s inspiration message associated with this theme.

If you’re willing, summarize your action in the comments section below.

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3 thoughts on “theme : a good friend

  1. A friend which has stood the test of time in my life is my mother. She is the only one who has remained constant through good times and bad. She is the one who I can count on whenever I need someone to listen, help, or advice. All too often we get so busy with our own lives that we tend to forget the needs of those closest to us. We forget to think about the little acts of kindness which show our loved ones just how much we care. As a full-time student and full-time professional, I often feel the pressures of time constraints. For my act of kindness I made myself available to the needs of my mother. Each time she called I remained available to her until the close of the conversation – regardless of who called or what other items may have been on my agenda. It was more important that I showed this small kindness to someone who has been such a close friend (and so much more) for so many years.

    • Nicely put, Sara. In my regular class with 10 themes (instead of this module with three), I differentiate between doing something kind for a family member and a friend. If you want a little *extra* assignment, choose a good friend for whom you do something kind. And keep on doing kind things for your mother, as you can. Thanks for posting!

  2. My wife of 29 years needs more kindness. I am going to stop what I am doing and mindfully look in her eyes when she returns from work daily when I greet her. I will also do acts of kindness to my bandmates that I see weekly.

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