“In this life we can do no great things, only small things with great love”
– Mother Teresa
KindSpring.org is one of my favorite websites. It all started with a smile card. I was tagged almost 2 years ago with an akshyapatra bottle and a smile card, during a visit to the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. I turned the card over and it sent me to helpothers.org (now renamed to KindSpring). Ever since then I have been on it, reading stories of kindness, getting ideas and a lot and a lot of inspiration. Not just KindSpring, but the entire ecosystem of Service Space and Moved by Love has been such an inspiration and support. I just feel blessed to be part of it in a tiny way.
Earlier this year, I was gifted a whole smile deck – 52 cards with kindness ideas. I started with a few and soon it became a game. Every day I picked up one card and tried to do what it says. I say “tried” because while I wanted to take it up as a personal challenge and do 52 acts of kindness in 52 days, I wasn’t able to. Last month I got an email about the 21-day Kindness Challenge. At first I thought why should I enter a challenge, I can simply do the acts of kindness as and when the opportunity comes. But then I felt why should I wait for an opportunity to present itself, why should I not find or even create that opportunity. And in that journey, it will be nice to get support of others who are going the same path. It will be nice to get ideas along the way. It will be nice to share my experience and learn from others experiences and reflections. It will be nice to take the challenge not to prove that I can do it but to be part of a bigger movement that is changing the world by one small act of kindness. Everyday. For 21 days.
What makes it even more exciting is that I will be traveling during those 3 weeks. I can’t wait to experience how kindness will find its way into my life during those 3 weeks.
That is my inspiration and motivation to sign up for the kindness challenge.
Would you like to be part of this movement? Sign up on http://www.kindspring.org/21day/.