Thanks for the times that you’ve given me
The memories are all in mind
And now that we’ve come
To the end of our rainbow
There’s something I must say out loud!
Lyrics from Three Times a Lady, by Lionel Richie
Those lyrics are the start of a beautiful song. Now they are being used to express my gratitude for a beautiful Master Key Experience.
Thank you to all those who wrote a blog and virtually shared their life with me. I deeply appreciate those who gave their precious time by reading, commenting, sharing, or following me.
Also, thank you to the coaches and teachers. You are incredible.
Although the song states “..now that we’ve come to the end of our rainbow…” the rainbow never ends. In the case of the Master Key Experience, the rainbow appeared after a storm passed.
I’ve yet to meet a child or adult who does not marvel at the beauty of a rainbow. Dolly Parton says, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” We indeed put up with the rain.
Being a detached observer; changing the word work to service; sitting; truly grasping the “within” concept; and John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, were big deals to me. They were downpours that brought out brilliantly captivating rainbows.
The biggest activity to produce streams of rainbows was Kindness Week. It continues to impact me daily.
I’ve noticed a change in people. For example, there is a housekeeper in my office building who would never — and I mean never — look at me, or talk to me. I would warmly greet her, and anyone with her. No response. Nada!
Recently, I noticed her in the lobby. She turned towards me and flashed The Cheshire Cat toothy grin and said hello, before anything flowed from my mouth. I smiled and lovingly greeted her. Her action was a unexpected flicker on my radar. Since I had not expected anything from her, I wasn’t offended when she didn’t respond, nor was I shocked when she did. It was simply an act of kindness from her. An act I embraced.
Now Kindness Week didn’t make me go Pollyanna. I still see acts missing kindness. I wish I didn’t. I can’t do a thing about those activities. All I can do is continue to be a kindness change agent. For example, wave at people who let me creep into traffic. Don’t look into the car of the person who rides my bumper and finally decides to go around. Greet people. Hold doors open. Say thank you and may I. Be patient with telemarketers. Say something nice to the cashier or the customer service person who seems to careless about why I’m calling. Tell a store manager about kindness I experienced from an employee. Write a note, give a card or send an email complimenting someone. It just might be raining heavily on the person I show kindness towards. That kindness just might bring out a rainbow.
Now that I’ve come to the end of this rainbow, let me encourage you to continue Kindness Week — it’s powerful, loving and life-changing. Do kindness activities once, twice, three times daily, and maybe you will give someone a moment they will cherish (my apologies to Lionel).
The energy from your kindness can only be transferred to fertilize budding acts of kindness.
Finally, I must say this outloud, be brave, share your love, be peaceful and be kind.