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Teresa, Volunteer Mentor (@hopeful33250)

Loving Kindness: Live Healthier and Happier

Mental Health | Last Active: Jun 24, 2019 | Replies (39)

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@gingerw

I'm not sure how I missed this post but glad to have found it this morning. Thank you to all of the people who have replied already and thank you to the original poster @hopeful33250 Looking for ways to practice little acts of kindness has become second nature to me now, finding that just a small thing can really change my attitude, making me smile. Just last night I was at a gathering new to me, and there was a gal with a knee cart. The kind you have to scoot along with your leg bent because you have an issue with knee or ankle. She was changing her location within the restaurant and struggling with everything. While others continued their conversations around her, I moved over from many feet away and took most of the things that she had, following her along to the new spot. This let her maneuver how she needed to and set up so she was comfortable. I think the idea of treating others the way you would like to be treated [the Golden Rule] is what came into play. She seemed so surprised and a little disappointed that no one else around her very close to her even thought to interrupt their conversations to assist her. Being present in the moment gave me a lift.
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I so appreciate hearing of your gift of kindness to this lady, @gingerw. You said something very important in your last sentence:

"Being present in the moment gave me a lift."

Could it be that the act of being present in the moment just be the key to practicing loving kindness? If we are always distracted by our electronics or our own thoughts, we miss these moments to practice kindness.

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