Kindness is Never Insignificant

Kindness is Never Insignificant

Toddlers shouldn’t get cancer. Kids shouldn’t get cancer. Teens shouldn’t spend high school in the hospital. Mothers shouldn’t have to deal with cancer when pregnant or with young kids.
But they do.
And all the “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” in the world won’t change reality.
Tonight for a few hours a group gathered at BMK, their ages ranged decades, their interests varied, their stories unique.
But they had one thing in common, membership in a club no one wants to join.
They had all survived their battle with cancer, some more than once.
Some had just finished treatment. Some were years into remission.
A few couldn’t attend as they were in the hospital getting treatment.
Tonight they gathered and shared bits of their stories. They came together and leaned into creativity, into simple delights, into the joy of life.
Two older teens took a tween under their wing- building up her confidence with their kind words.
I saw the kindness of a mother and the kindness of a father as they helped their children- children they had to face the fear of losing not too long ago, and how much more precious these moments are for them.
I stood amongst a group of people who displayed nothing but love and respect.
We all have opportunities to be kind. To give back. To show others that we care.
But too often we let them slip by because the task feels too daunting, and one’s act too insignificant.
We forget that kindness is never insignificant.
We forget to look for kindness and acknowledge it when we see it.
I spent my night watching kindness from those who have battled for their life and survived.
And I thought of all who didn’t. And all who won’t.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But we have the opportunity to be kind today.
So be kind.

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About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.

 

As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

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About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.

 

As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

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