This past summer, I was in an accountability group for a wellness bootcamp that I attended. During the bootcamp, one of our discussion topics was kindness. Within our accountability groups we were supposed to share something kind we had done that day or that week. And as we were talking , I realized that I wasn't showing much kindness outside of the things I do (try to do willingly) for my family. On the inside, I felt like a kind person. But on the outside I realized that there wasn't much to show for it.
From that time, I have tried to be more aware of the actions I am taking. I make more effort to do kind acts and I also pay more attention to the small kindnesses like patience in a challenging situation that I am already doing.
What I have discovered is that the things I am doing make my character much more clear.
I have noticed in life that it is easy to get complacent. It is easy to be busy with things that don't add value to our lives. It is easy to get caught up with the newest trends. It is easy to let go of some of the key habits that make us who we are.
When we stop moving in life we become like the parked car. We may be planning on going somewhere or becoming something, but it becomes unclear where we are going. Once we start making effort (even imperfect effort) we can see much more clearly where we are going.
In what ways are you taking action? Are you currently driving to your destination? Or are you waiting for direction to come to you? Or sitting still while you dream about what comes next? If you're sitting still, what small action can you take today to make progress to who you want to become?