Friday, November 19, 2010

being kind

A wonderful and new thing happened to me the other day. I received a comment on a post from someone I didn't know. I know of him because I have read about him and I wrote about him. It was Andy Smallman, the founder of the Puget Sound Community School, which offers "kindness classes." What a thrill it was to hear from someone that I wrote about. It felt amazing realizing that my words can really reach people (thanks Google Alert!). I have really enjoyed incorporating our kindness "assignments" and hope that you readers have liked it as well.

This week I am borrowing one from Mr. Smallman's course: Be Kind to Yourself. With the holidays upon us it is easy to eat too much, drink too much, spend too much, and to become exhausted with all of your social obligations. But sometimes we forget to care for ourselves. So this week's task is to do something kind for yourself, take care of yourself, before the whirlwind of this holiday season begins. A nice meal or a yoga class or a massage (doesn't that sound lovely) could be just what your body and soul need.

Be Kind!


  1. I love this one! Such good advice. I wonder where we could get a massage next week. Or maybe that mani/pedi thing we've been talking about? Good job! I love your work!

  2. Annie, I love this idea and I am loving the blog! I was actually just talking about this with a friend of mine. We always say "treat others the way you want to be treated," but more and more I'm starting to think that it should be "treat yourself the way you want others to treat you."

    Especially in NY and around the holidays- it can be hard to find time to do something nice for yourself. What a nice reminder!