lessons learned in kindness work…

January 18, 2008

Here is a list of things I have learned in the last month of my work:

1. I am NOT the mother of the world. This is a huge relief…

2. Why is my first thought to send this to the fire vicitms? It’s taken 3 speeches from Jorge that sending FIRE is not a good idea after you’ve had one that has destroyed EVERYTHING. It’s just that the candle is so damn hopeful, I can’t help it.

3. I’ve been doing a lot of drop-it-off-at-the-door and run away kindness work lately. I think it’s because I’m scared to intrude on someone when they are having a hard time. I’m unsure I will be or say the right things. This is crazy, I’ve had some cues lately that people actually want to talk to me. Who knew?

4. I’ve been day dreaming about having a kindness worker’s conference. Any one that knows me would be shocked I’m thinking such thoughts as I am pretty much a hermit about this stuff. I’m starting to think people might even come.

5. Lots of people want to give money to the kindness fund, I get offers pretty regularly now. I don’t know what to do with this exactly. Usually words like non-profit and grants started swirling around and then my throat starts to swell. I immediately start to give short speeches on how I don’t really want to answer to anyone, and how much I hate non-profit politics, and oh-my-god, you have to have a board, blah, blah, blah…

6. I’m starting to learn how to avoid places that invite more work when I need to rest and regroup. The phone still rings and e-mails pop up but I’m getting better at navigating and requiring rest.

7. I might not be as much of a loner as I originally thought. I’ve been working with people, dear people lately. It’s been quite lovely. They have rallied with me and taken my load, or shared our collective kindness opportunities I should say. They are rich with wisdom and have generously given all they have (even hair highlights). I think I ended up the winner, feeling loved and blessed.

I can’t wait for my dear friend Sarah to run the Kindness Talent Agency- she’s such a rock star, she has the skills to grow the circle.

8. One last thing….thank you to the lady in your head (you know who you are), your friendship and wisdom means more than you know.

4 Responses to “lessons learned in kindness work…”

  1. Amy Says:

    you are on a wonderful path and the verge of something really big–I like to think of it as a kindness revolution. for that you may need a kindness army. you may already be taking new recruits without knowing it. rather than thinking of it as an imposition on the lives of others, I think of it as sharing the opportunity and inspiration to serve. someone obviously trusts you with this great responsibility.

  2. jen lemen Says:

    amy! that’s what i think exactly!!!

  3. kate Says:

    whenever you are ready to utilize my extensive knowledge of 501(c)(3)s, politics, boards and other nefarious items…..you just let me know.

    it would put my dastardly political skills to good use.

  4. kelly Says:

    AWW. yer the best, pache!

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