Me in the Middle of Week 6 Reflection ~ Kindness Without Expectation

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Week Six ~ Kindness Without Expectation

The sixth prompt for the Kindness Challenge 2017 is Kindness Without Expection.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of my kindness role models.  Her life was lived by ‘daring greatly’.  The royal family was forever changed by the way she chose to live her life within the role of princess.  A favorite role model of Diana’s was Mother Teresa.  It was that inspiration that puts the most meaning into the above quote.   Both of them seemed to have mastered the art of making kindness a way of life.  If you read anything about their lives you realize that not always was their kindness returned or appreciated.  They seemed to have developed an ability to shake off these negatives and not let it influence their commitment to act with compassion and let go of expectation.  Not an easy thing to do.  Lessons learned ~ move on.

In my own life, I think sometimes kindness was a mixture of doing kind things in hopes of reaping some of the rewards that comes with the acts along with a desire to be there for others at a time of need.  “One hand washes the other.” ….. “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  …….. “What goes round comes round.”  ….. “One good turn deserves another.”  This, in turn, had me focusing a bit more on what I might be getting out of the encounter instead of ‘random acts of kindness’ and letting go.  

Then I realized I didn’t like what was going on inside me when this happened.  It was taking away the joy and goodwill that I felt when I did something for someone.  I’ve found that through making a decision to act out of kindness and then letting go of whether it was reciprocated or not I’ve gained a sense of freedom.  The freedom to dare greatly and live greatly without being hindered by the tendency to judge others.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

~ Mother Teresa ~

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“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~Samuel Johnson

~ 20 ways to give without expectations ~ The Tiny Buddha

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14 thoughts on “Me in the Middle of Week 6 Reflection ~ Kindness Without Expectation

  1. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights.

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    Best wishes for your journey,
    Karin

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  2. I love your reflections about this Mary Lou. I celebrate that freedom you discovered when you let go of expectation. That’s so wonderful, and I really do feel the expansiveness of it! And I think you’re right – Princess Diana and Mother Teresa are excellent examples of carrying this energy on a world-wide stage.

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  3. Hi Mary Lou! What a wonderful reminder of the power of being kind and doing positive actions for others without expectation. I think most of us, and our culture for sure, promotes the idea of reciprocity. But once we begin to do things without expectation of return, the act itself seems to become the reward. I’ll admit that it feels fabulous to help people just because I can. The more of us that can do that, the better IMHO. Thanks for the reminder. ~Kathy

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    • I think we’d have to be a saint (or a doormat 😉 ) to be able to give purely, all the time, with no expectations, Kathy! That I’m not, for sure! That’s why ‘Pay It Forward’ was so popular. You didn’t know who was going to receive your act of kindness and there was no expectation of them having to return the kindness. Thanks for visiting Me in the Middle! 🙂

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