Stretch of the week:
Keep a random act of selflessness chart for you and/or your family:
Put a check mark on your chart when you put other people’s needs ahead of your own and put a check mark when you recognize when someone else is being selfless and putting other people and their needs before their own. The goal is twofold:
- To recognize when someone else is being selfless and
- To create the habit of thinking about others and how they will be affected before we make a decision.
What happens when we do this? Do we become more loving and serene? Please be willing to share with the group next week a short example of when you or someone close to you was able to be unselfish. How are you practicing this principle in all your affairs? Is there a ripple effect on the people who are closest to you?
The way I have been doing this is through writing The 5 G’s:
Good: what are 2 good things that I witnessed in other people or that someone did for me? It has to be something that another person actually did and not something that I am anticipating will happen, in real life, and very concrete.
Giving: What did I do for others today? Among some of the things I explore are: Did I make the commitment to practice one daily act of kindness today? Did I do something kind/good or unselfish for someone that I don’t even like? Did I do something kind/good or unselfish for someone that I kept anonymous?
A copy of the 5 G’s worksheet is available on the documents tab in the blog.