Option 2 — Give yourself a Quick Win! Where would you like to pour out kindness this week? Flowers for a neighbor? Fresh fruit for your child’s math tutor? Allowing the car in front of you to merge even though you will need to slow down and wait? Leaving a voicemail for your friend who has been blue?
Notice what it feels like to consider these acts of kindness as reciprocal. As you put kindness into the world, how are you aware of the kindness being shown to you?
Read through the lesson before your time with the children. Decide which Activity Exploration will work best for your class (There are usually two options; choose one). Just below the heading, “Children’s Lesson and Story” you will find the preparations checklist for this lesson so you can collect any needed materials or make arrangements to support your selected activity.
Sacred Text Quotes
Hebrew Scriptures. Proverbs 31:26 (NRSV)
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Christian Scriptures. Colossians 3:12-14 (NRSV)
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[c] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ― Dalai Lama XIV
When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. ― Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel