I’ve found that doing something kind for someone else has become my antidote for a crappy day. When the stress of work, the unexpected bumps of my day, and the worries of things not yet done weigh on me, I take the focus off me and look for something that I can do to brighten someone else’s day. Sometimes it’s direct. Sometimes it’s done anonymously. Sometimes I’m not even around to see the effect and am left to imagine the wonderful ways it has made that person smile. While the thought of random acts is enchanting, the thought of being mindfully kind has a power all its own.
2740 days is what we are given to pursue the things that matter to us. I began thinking about how I might translate this into something that I could use in daily mindfulness. I decided to buy a bunch of marbles to represent the days given to me then each day move one from the “remaining” pile into the “spent” pile.
I spent the end of last year thinking about the six principles in my good friend Luke Sniewki’s, Million Ways to Live: real food, movement, rest and relaxation, lifelong learning, community, and love. While on vacation, I took a separate day to think about each of these concepts.