It really is a strange time we find ourselves in, and this particular awareness week couldn't have come at a better time. The theme this year is Kindness. We all need to be a little bit more aware of others and not so quick to judge.
I'll be honest, I haven't had many dealings with people over these past 9 weeks, I literally have stayed at home. I have ventured out 3 times to collect shopping! I didn't find it that hard in the beginning, I was ok, I guess you could say I was already used to it, as I work from home. The only difference for me was I had my three children with me. The youngest, our 1 year old 'sunshine mixed with a little hurricane', has proved to be the challenge!
After about 4 weeks I really began to struggle, I just couldn't get any work done and was extremely tired, due to this little one not sleeping and I felt really low! I just kept going, not thinking ahead, just taking it a day at a time and I began to get into a new routine. I'm now at a point where I'm in a good place again!
Then I fell upon another business which stopped me in my tracks, as it looked just like my old one! Same style of signs, same colours, same colour names (some of which I made up!), same website layout, even the same product care information, delivery info, the list goes on! I did a bit of digging and found out a little bit more. My initial reaction was to be really annoyed, how could they just blatantly copy. Then the more I looked, I realised that actually, they had copied, but had changed things and made it better. If I'm honest, it looked better than my old makes! There is a quote I know by Henry Royce, "take the best that exists and make it better" I'm sure thats what they did!
My thought process then began to change; I had moved on from doing those kinds of signs - the market was huge so there is plenty of room - good for them for starting a business - I have no idea what is going on in their life - who am I to judge - maybe they copied someone else who had copied me first! You get the idea! There was no need for me to be annoyed, instead I started to feel quite proud! The fact that people want to copy you is quite a good feeling.
I just wanted to share that with you as an example of how you can turn negative thoughts around with effort and how kindness really matters! Kindness is actually an act of courage. I read that on the Mental Health Foundation website (link below if you are interested) They stated, "kindness is an intrinsically risky endeavour. It can risk us looking foolish or being taken advantage of, which is why we sometimes retreat. To receive or to give kindness is an act of courage. We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to support each other to take that brave step and harness the benefits for both giver and receiver"
I would love to hear any stories you have on the topic. Have you been a receiver of kindness? Have you been a giver of kindness. Do tell!