Honoring People that are Kindness Advocates
Kindness Warrior Awards
In a previous post, I awarded my first "Kindness Warrior Award." I thought you might like to know how that award became to be. The following post was written over a year ago and now I am finally brave enough to post it. I love hiking in beautiful places. So, I talked my husband into hiking to Boynton Pass when we were in Sedona, Arizona. It was not a long hike but one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever experienced, right up there with the hike on the island of Capri. My secret motive was to better understand vortexes and see if I could feel it. As we were climbing up to the Boynton Pass, we met two couples that we had shared a jeep ride with earlier that day. They asked if we could feel the vortex and at the moment all I could feel was the beating of my heart in my head from the upward climb to that point. I returned the question and she said, "No, even though I tried to be open." I went to the top of the knoll with no expectations and started really looking at all the twisted juniper trees. Strange how the trees are only twisted in the vortex areas and that the juniper trees grow straight in other areas. Then, I realized how many years in took for the trees to show the effect of the energy vortex. It took years to be twisted. I realized most people won't be able to feel the energy in just five minutes in the knoll. So I sat down, partly to lower my heart rate and partly to be grateful for the chance to be there. Vortex or not, it was one of the most beautiful places on earth. I thought how lucky the Native Americans were to live and be in nature and not work in cubicles. Prehistoric Indians made this area of Sedona home thousands of years ago. Boynton Canyon is still sacred to the Yavapai Native Americans who consider Boynton as their place of origin. As I sat there and meditated I was surrounded by Native American chiefs (in spirit) there to help heal me. I was hoping they were there to heal my sinus / ear infection, but that was not their mission. The Boynton vortex is known to balance the feminine and masculine energy. They explained they were there to help my spiritual side strengthen, so I would have the strength to publish my kindness blog. They explained my soul story is one of a warrior and that I should not think of warrior as a bad, evil person but a strong person wanting to make a better world. They suggest choosing the wording of "kindness warriors" over " kindness ambassadors", and that is the origin of my kindness warrior program. My mission is to use masculine traits to bring about more feminine traits into the world. I could have stayed there all day [...]
I love biographies. It is fascinating how people discover their current path. Some people use their past as an excuse; not Nicole. Her childhood was far from ideal. You can read about Nicole on her website here. She overcame her childhood to graduate from the University of Wisconsin, to become Miss Wisconsin, to be a news anchor, and a newspaper columnist. This is a very impressive list of accomplishments when you consider her troubled beginning. Many times we have very little control over what happens to us but we can control how we react to it. We determine whether our circumstances control us or we overcome them. We make the choice. Thank goodness Nicole made the choice to live in kindness and report on kindness in her newspaper column and kindness blog. You can tell from her stories she has a caring heart, but her influence goes far beyond her friends, she is a true kindness advocate. She is changing the world with her kindness reporting. In her own words: "When I close my eyes, I see all of the people on Earth standing and staring at the sky. Only they aren't looking at the real sky, they are looking at a huge black tarp blacking out the light. Each time someone does an act of kindness, a tiny pin size hole is poked into that big, black tarp, allowing in a speck of light. Someone notices the light and does another act of kindness, creating yet another little hole. Someone sees that new light, realizes what is happening and starts creating more little openings for a light through their own acts of kindness. I see my job, through writing a column, as pushing my fingernails through those pin-sized holes and ripping them open with all of my might. I want to let in as much light as possible by drawings attention to the acts of kindness being done" Nicole is inspiring us by helping us see the light of kindness. Everyday we can be depressed and feel we can't make a difference in the world or we can can get up and go make a difference, like Nicole. Being a kindness champion is not an easy task, as some may think. Grousing in negativity is easy, to hate, to fear, or to give up that is the easy way out for way too many. To fight for love, peace and kindness in our world takes a special person and that is why I am honoring Nicole Phillips, as the first Kindness Warrior. Nicole's blog has influenced many and gave me the courage to expand my own kindness mission, Live Kinder. What makes Nicole so powerful is her authenticity. She isn't a super hero but one of us. We all have struggles that make life difficult. For Nicole, it was breast cancer. We can let our adversity swallow our better self or we can become a kindness warrior, like Nicole. Again, it is not so much what happens to [...]
Honoring people that champion kindness in order to change the world
We are always looking for people that champion kindness. A Kindness Warrior spreads kindness in their normal circle of associates but also promotes kindness causes within the world.
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