Yesterday, I was lucky enough to travel out to West Chester to attend the PAWLP institute. This year, for the first time, I’m going to teach at one of the Youth Writer’s Camps. The morning began with a meeting of those teaching in the camps. Our team of teachers began to discuss themes for the summer program. One of the teachers suggested that we use the theme of kindness. She went on to say that at her school they tell the students, “Be kinder than you have to be.” Wow! This made an impression on me as I had never heard it before. What an interesting challenge for anyone.
In most Christian religions, today marks the beginning of Holy Week. This solemn, sacred week challenges Christians to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting, sacrifice. I’ve decided to take “Be kinder than you need to be” as my mantra for the week. How can I stretch myself in this area? As the week progresses, I hope to increase my awareness of the needs of others and, if possible, lighten their load in some way. In my experience, most people are kind and I consider myself one of those kind people. However, I’ve never thought in terms of “being kinder than I need to be”. It’s a challenge and it’s a great week to initiate this thinking into my life. I’ll let you know how I do.