Making the most of simple moments can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. Here are 4 steps to brighten your day and show kindness to the world around us:
- Wake up earlier. This does not sound kind, I know, but by waking up just a bit earlier you’ll be able to ease yourself into the day instead of rushing to get ready. Put on your slippers and read a few pages of a book or take some time to stretch and do some yoga. Make a list of the things you are most grateful for. Starting the morning with those quiet moments to yourself will make you feel so much more prepared and ready to take on the day. Kindness to yourself at the start of the day will lead to a better day overall.
- Call home. Take a moment to call the ones who love you the most. They’ll be as happy to hear from you as you are to talk with them and just wish them a great day.
- Stop and smell the roses – literally. Take a walk outside and stop to admire the beauty of nature. The same nature surrounds us every day, however we are usually too on-the-go and in a hurry to take in the actual magnificence that is our world. Notice the different shades of colors on the plants, the veins of the leaves, the warmth of the sun on your face. Go outside and take in a deep breath of the fresh air. While you’re out there, pick up a piece of trash that has been left on the ground. Nature is our home, we should respect the outdoors as we do our own bedroom. Be kind to the planet and take the time to appreciate all of the beauty that surrounds us.
- Smile at a stranger. Connect with the world. Just something as simple as making eye contact can make someone who is having a tough go of things feel like they matter. Better yet, buy a stranger a coffee, especially if the day is cool. Haven’t you ever felt like coffee is a smile in a cup? To me, a cup of coffee is happiness and a moment of peace to gather my thoughts and get ahead on my day. One day a homeless man was taking a nap out at one of the tables in front of Starbucks. The air felt heavy and chilled, like it wanted to rain but wouldn’t let itself, and the sky was a gloomy gray. I went inside to order my coffee and took a second glance at him, wrapped up in his arms and a ratty old sweater, just trying to stay warm and, I’m sure, optimistic. I looked at the bartender and said “make that two coffees, hot, please.” On the way out I placed one on the table in front of him so he would wake up to a warm coffee for him, without having to feel compelled to thank someone else, or concerned about the money spent. To me it was a simple act, to him, it might have a been warm mug of hope for the day.
Sending you love and light ❤