Jan
18

So I’m on Day 18 and terribly bored with myself and quite uncomfortable with talking about myself being nice. The way I’m doing this currently is defeating my purpose because I feel like there’s too much focus on me (because I’m just self-centered that way) and/or (depending on my mood) the stuff I’m listing isn’t particularly nice so much as simply decent.

I stopped listing on FB or Twitter than I’m doing this because that just compounds the problem of feeling like I’m making this too much about me.

Don’t get me wrong, I AM most definitely doing this for ME. I’m fighting the cynicism that has eaten away at my life the last few years. But the way I’m doing it is making me feel more like it’s about me than the niceness, which might be cynical, but I can’t tell.

So I’m revamping my little experiment in four ways:

1) I’m going to list anything and everything I can think of that I did out of niceness, rather than just one thing. Keep in mind I am not the nicest person in the world, so what feels nice to me may not to anyone else. It’s not about what I do, it’s about the intention I’m bringing to my actions. I’m looking for opportunities to be nice. Most days I get quite a few.

2) Sometimes I see the opportunity for niceness, but I don’t act. I think I’d like to list those too. Because maybe I’ll see a pattern there.

3) I want to list all the little acts of niceness I see each day. Nicenesses done for me or that I see out in the world (on those days I am actually out in it) or even what I see on TV news or on the Web.

4) I want to encourage people to share their nicenesses with me. Nicenesses done to you, for you or just that you see. I think getting to peek into other people’s niceness will help me in my fight against cynicism — and give me more ideas!

So I hope people will feel like joining me in my journey into niceness. Maybe we can all feel a little less cynical, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. Hey, it’s a start!

Category: Niceness
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