In a world where you can do anything, CREATE KINDNESS.
CREATE KINDNESS INITIATIVE
40 Days of Kindness
The Create Kindness Initiative is launching a call for people to engage in“40 days of Kindness” over Lent 2020. Instead of just giving up something for Lent, we challenge you to take on unique ways to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly” through creative acts of kindness over the next 40 days. Instead of taking a technological sabbath this Lent, prayerfully and strategically embrace technology in ways that spread kindness!
Here are some ideas:
- Become a secret encourager via email or digital cards for someone who is struggling
- Volunteer weekly for a community organization
-Find an online campaign for social good you can invest in
- Start a blessing box or bring an encouragement box to work
- Create art that speaks truth in love, post online or leave in places to inspire others
- Have a Lenten care party online or offline where you raise money or bless a family in need
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What is the
CREATE KINDNESS INITIATIVE (CKI)?
It’s about encouraging others to be the change they want to see.
The Create Kindness Initiative embraces 4 goals...
by first changing...
the way we see and treat others.
to complete one random act of kindness a week.
who are different from you...
and showing them kindness, no matter their response.
by being aware...
of how small choices can have big consequences.
--- you can’t change the world, if you don’t first change yourself ---
It is not -
just about raising awareness about the incivility, meanness and selfish in our culture
simply a call for people to be more respectful or nice to each other
It is about -
How It Works
Joining the initiative is simple!
Creating Kindness starts by taking time out,
committing to honestly ask yourself the questions below,
and then go and do as your heart and spirit leads.
Start by Asking Yourself: “What would it look like to fully embrace ..."
Showing care to those in my circle of influence?
Treating the stranger as a friend?
Helping heal the brokenness I encounter?
Speaking truth to power with love?
Resisting being polluted by the negativity of culture?
These are the rationale behind the CREATE KINDNESS INITIATIVE and its Core Questions ...
for those in your circle of influence
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law
the stranger as a friend
When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
where and when you can
But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined
the truth with love
Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we grow up in every way to be like Christ
the negativity of culture
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
What if we switched from a scarcity to an abundance of kindness model in Academia?
The Create Kindness Initiative is now Partnering with Academic Kindness on Tumblr to raise awareness about how being kind can change the culture of the Academic Life!
The challenge of being kind in the world of Academia
The world of academia operates on a scarcity model, a mentality that there is never enough of anything. Those of us who work at Universities and Colleges know they are often places full of competition and negativity. There never seems to be enough time, money, resources or volunteers to go around and meet departmental needs and people’s expectations. Because of this atmosphere there is often also a scarcity of kindness!
What if we switched from a scarcity of kindness to an abundance model?
But what would happen if we switched our mindset to an abundance of kindness model. Abundance focuses a positive outlook seeing the plenty of resources that do exist. Those abundant resources are human creativity and care. What if we adopted an outlook that was positive and creative. What if we took on an attitude that embraces a hopeful belief that if I do my part, there will be more good to go around.
We can live out this mindset through academic kindness. This means seeing colleagues as a potential friend, rather than as competitors. Seeking out opportunities to give, without focusing on what we can get in return.
Academic Kindness might look like...
Random Acts of Academic Kindness can start here, with you!
For more ideas check out:
Academic Kindness on Tumblr
Backstory to CKI
I am a professor at Texas A&M University and spiritual director. In my free time, I like to cook, meditate and find creative ways to spread hope. The vision for CKI came to me in spring 2019, after a time of prayerful contemplation about how my academic work could be used to make a more positive and tangible impact on my community. CKI is my attempt to put practical action behind my current research on "lived ethics and dangerous discourses in digital culture”, which is a project I am pursuing as part of my 2019-2020 Faculty Development Leave with Texas A&M University.
Through the process of reflecting on what it means to truly create kindness, and mapping the core principles of CKI, I made the decision to begin my create kindness journey by doing 4 things...
--- What will you do to Create Kindness?! ---
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