I have just returned from a thought provoking and inspiring weekend in London with some of the most prominent Hay House published authors. Over the period of 2 days each author had something very special to teach with their life changing views. After coming home from one of these weekends there is always an overriding feeling imparted by all the authors, and that is one of our ability to vastly change the world around us just through our daily thought patterns and behaviours.
For those of us that are parents, we are all aware of how our children very quickly absorb our behaviour and what we say. Generally, we are less aware of how what we say and do has an affect far and wide. Like a stone dropped into water the ripples emanate out.
I feel desperately lucky to have become part of a network of such amazingly selfless, learned people who in recent years have changed my entire outlook on the world, life and how I parent. Quite how much my children have absorbed my new way of thinking was evident this morning as my amazing 6-year-old son said to me , "You can change the world by smiling, you smile and it spreads to everyone." I could have cried.
We’ve all had days when we start the morning in a great mood, sometimes for no particular reason, and that mood seems to affect everyone around us. Our whole day is filled with positive connections and experiences. Our conversations are uplifting and warming, whether they be with a dear friend or a shop assistant. Similarly, if the alarm goes off in the morning and we groan, roll over then drag ourselves out of bed, we will then proceed to drag ourselves through the day. We are also more likely to get annoyed in the car and agitated by every little thing. In this state of mind we are also likely to attract more challenges and the day becomes a fulfilment of our first notion on waking.
There are some really simple steps we can all do to make the world a better place. With technology taking over more and more of our lives, we get used to being busy and having to do everything as quickly as possible. Next time you think you’re in a hurry, slow down and be courteous to those around you. If you’re standing in a queue offer to let the person behind you go in front. A simple act like this makes someone feel special and will change their whole day and they in turn will give out some kindness, creating the beautiful ripple effect that my son referred to. Other simple gestures to try are holding a door open for someone or paying for someone’s coffee (anonymously if you feel awkward) next time you’re in a coffee shop.
As author of The Only Thing That Matters and New York Times bestseller, Neale Donald Walsche said at the Hay House event, “Your life is not about you, it’s about those whose life you touch and light up”.
World Kindness Day is on November 13th so get practicing. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, today is your day to change the world with one simple act of kindness.
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