Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

The Power of Mobilization!

As of late the kindness crew has been spending a lot of time speaking to companies about the importance of kindness within all levels of corporate culture. The speaking is really powerful because, I believe, the people within these global forces are empowered to create some really positive change and our injection reminds them how important their actions are. However, given our increasing focus on mobilizing corporations we ourselves have spent more time on the business side of kindness and less time actually out on the street committing actual, on the street, acts of kindness.

Given that one of our mandates is to educate, inspire and MOBILIZE, it was very heartening to be working with SAS, (a fortune 500 business solutions firm voted to be the best place to work in the U.S. a few years ago) in Orlando for the last couple of days. We were volunteering at a Boys and Girls club with all the SAS employees spending the afternoon with about 80 kids. It was absolutely incredible. For about an hour and a half before the kids arrived we worked fastidiously cutting out plastic leaves, blowing up basketballs, hanging posters from the ceiling, prepping a time capsule and using fabric markers to create a giant, colorable, “Building Community” banner. When the kids arrived they had a giant “KINDNESS SCAVENGER HUNTâ” that embodies the 5 key purposes of the organization.

When the kids, (all between the ages of about 7 and 15), arrived it was absolutely amazing! These incredible, committed, hilarious balls of energy were racing around giving each other complements, doing push ups, creating art, writing down their goals and making wind chimes for the rest of the afternoon, and that was just the SAS staff! The kids and adults worked together with such verve that aside for the apparent size differences it was often difficult to tell them apart. SO RADICAL! We were all getting younger by the second and having a great time doing it. Not to mention the fact we were contributing to a cause that really matters.

Quite seriously, I haven’t had that much fun in a long time and my week’s challenge to you is to go out and do something. Mobilize yourself. Create an adventure that matters. Make it fun. Volunteer in some way with friends or coworkers and it will change your life.

One of the pieces of feedback we received recently during a presentation evaluation was that we needed to share more stories of how kindness had changed our own lives. I guess over the years working on this project I begin to assume that everyone automatically realizes that kindness has fundamentally changed my life. New worlds have opened up for me. I love talking about it and discussing the potential but manalive, it’s the creation and action of kindness where the real power lies! I cannot stress enough the importance of actually doing it. Go out and have fun!

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