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October 11, 2011 Fun 4 Comments

Remember all that talk about insignificant kindnesses?

I didn’t think so. It’s probably buried under two loads of laundry waiting to be folded. Or in the recycling bin that needs taken out tonight. Or with the dog who is begging for a walk.

There’s a whole philosophy based on Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. I even agree with 50% of it. I agree that we should not sweat the small stuff that drives us crazy or makes us mad. But we should absolutely sweat (i.e., celebrate) the stuff that makes us happy or surprises us.

Isn’t it funny how hard it is to remember little things — unless they’re negative things? And these little things have a funny way of adding up to something big like an argument or resentment. Yet the little niceties often aren’t recognized at all. They are somehow “expected” or “deserved.” Somehow these little things never add up to a great big sex-fest in the living room on a weeknight, now do they?

This is your homework for the week:

  1. Notice an insignificant kindness bestowed upon you. It could be from a significant other. It could be from a friend. It could be from a complete stranger.
  2. Make a point to tell someone else about it. Ideally, this is the same person you’d rant to about an infraction against you. Include me – leave a comment! I love hearing the good things people are doing for each other!

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  1. Caryn says:

    Does it count that the lady who was moaning loudly in yoga this morning apologized for it? She was really irritating me and messing with me finding my own serenity. It helped to hear her apologize and say that releasing her tension made her feel better. And that made me not want to punch her as much. :-)

    Jeff left me a personal note he made on my computer before he left for work. I saved the pdf to my desktop as a reminder of insignificant kindness.

  2. Kirsten says:

    My husband met me at the car to carry my work bag in for me. A small kindness, but this tired preggo really appreciates any weight that I don’t have to carry myself right now!

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