At first glance, The Simple Year 3 which is documenting a year of living kindly, seems a bit of a non-sequitor (some other bloggers words, not ours). I mean, performing kind acts are nice and all but how exactly does that count as a Simple Living project?
Stay with us here.
We propose that kind acts, some tiny, some larger, but all with good intent will actually force out the clutter that resides in our minds and simplify our lives. The Simple Year Three is Kim’ brainchild and germinated from a spontaneous act of kindness that rippled into something larger.
Here is her story:
“I was inspired to go down this path because of a recent incident in our neighborhood. A young man, only 14, committed suicide at our local park. We are a close knit community and the park is a central place where families gather to play, picnic and generally enjoy the beauty of Colorado. The suicide was like a big, black blight that I couldn’t look away from. It moved me deeply though I did not know the family or the young man. I wanted to help – but didn’t know what I could do to make a difference. I was just one person and not even intimately connected with the family. I felt a heart call but did not know how I would, or could, answer it.
The day after the suicide, I was driving home from dropping my daughter at daycare when I happened to see a woman walking down the sidewalk, wrapped in a blanket. There were tears running down her face and the sadness coming off her was palpable. At that moment, I knew this was THE MOM, and that I HAD to talk to her. I stopped and spoke with her for 45 minutes. I mostly listened and tried to carry away some of her pain. I was deeply moved by the experience and wrote a blog post about it – which I posted on the Facebook page our neighborhood had set up for the family.
Immediately, I began to get comments. People were moved and shared the post with their friends and family. Out of towners wanted to help, give money and support the family. A Mom in NY wrote to tell me that because of the blog post, she had a long conversation with her son about suicide. At that point, I began to realize there was power in kindness – particularly what I’ve dubbed “conscious kindness” – which is really paying attention in the moment and stepping outside your comfort zone to take action.”
So for the Simple Year 3, Kim approached us with the idea that kindness could not only connect, but simplify.
Now the first and second year Simple Year bloggers, Kerry and Kandice are going to join her and contribute their stories. All three of us lead typical busy lives with work, family and too many extracurricular goings on. We are hoping that simple kindness’ will actually simplify and enrich our lives as well as the lives of those around us, not just give us something to add to our “To Do” list.
You are rolling your eyes, aren’t you? Sound strange? Well, join us this year, if nothing else, it should be entertaining
If you have a kind act that moved you in some way or some discussion to add to our theory that kindness we would love to hear from you. Send us a note.