Kind Monday. It May Never Be Noticed.

Hello Monday!

Welcome to my world and my little space on this here interwebs.  In a week of family highs and lows, it was nice to focus on a small giving gesture to someone unknown. Well not quite unknown, but a likely to be unknown gesture.  Just because.

For a while now, I have noticed, at the building where my office is located, that not all doorways are created maintained equally.

Because I have these guys on my team:

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*Seriously – if you’re on the Sunny Coast, and need a good cleaner, call me.  I know a guy 🙂

**Yes, that may just be my hubby and my 2 eldest sons.

Anyway, as I was saying, because of Dean’s meticulous nature, my doorframes are always shiny and dust free.

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See … Shiny.

And every day as I walk the long hallway from my office to the bathroom, I notice a lot of other doorways look like this.

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Not shiny.  In fact, dirty.  See, most people will either clean themselves, or have a cleaner for inside their office.  Then there is the cleaner for the shared areas, who looks after the bathroom and the carpeted hallway.  Leaving no one really for their doorframe.

My kindness act for this week, was one involving stealth, eucalyptus oil and paper towel.  And an incredible urge to wish I had remembered to do it late one night last week.

Yes, you guessed it.  This afternoon, I got some papertowel loaded with my cleaning agent of choice (eucalyptus oil) and as I walked along the hallway, I quickly swiped the bottom row of each of the doorways.  I was surprised at how intrusive and ridiculous I felt, kneeling in their doorways, wiping them.

Fortunately I got to do the whole event in stealth mode, and maybe no one will ever notice.  But that really isn’t the point.  Giving is giving.

I wonder where else we can do small acts for others, even if they will never notice.  But just because they deserve better.

I’d love to know if you find anything where you can kindly, and perhaps even in ninja-like mode, help someone clean a doorframe that they didn’t even know was dirty.  Metaphorically speaking of course.

Because, you don’t really need to be a ninja. 🙂

K xxx

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About Kathryn Hodges

Hi! I'm Kathryn. I have many hats in this life. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother (of 4!), a friend, a keen try-er of yoga, a lawyer, a business owner, an avid reader and a lover of this electronic world and it's connections. As the Principal of a wonderful law firm on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia, I focus on seeing my clients as people going through change and I am committed to practising mindfully that I am dealing with people and their families. Precious stuff, hey! I hope you enjoy learning more about the things that impact on me, my life and my practice. Please leave me a comment, as I'm sure you have something you can show or teach me. We're all in this learning thing, called life, together xx Oh, and my professional obligations mean I have to remind you that my opinions are my own.
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4 Responses to Kind Monday. It May Never Be Noticed.

  1. Debyl1 says:

    I love how you find different ways of giving kindness.
    If I go early to visit mum in the nursing home I will clean down the white boards in the two dining rooms and write up the menu for the day.It is only a small thing but it saves the activity lady having to do it before she starts her busy and very giving day.
    I love to help her as much as I can…as a way to say thank you for looking after my mum and all the lovely oldies.She puts her all into everyday making sure they have fun and laughter.It really helps give me some peace of mind knowing she truly cares.
    Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference,maybe not always noticed by others but always noticed by the givers heart.x

    • Kathryn Hodges says:

      Debbie,
      What a beautifully thoughtful act from you. X it shows your amazing capacity to notice what others are doing, and to support them in that. I love the little bits and pieces that I see of you doing it. Makes me smile. Every time.
      K xxx

  2. shoesandyoga says:

    This is such a good post! I always tidy up things and wipe down dusty surfaces too. Oh and replace the toilet roll in shared office bathrooms. Little things but still 🙂

  3. Vanessa moore says:

    I love that you crept around and did tis. The visual for me mad me laugh, that was your kindness to me on a terrible, terrible day.

    Relative to your previous post about the end of life. We lost Peters mum on Monday after a very long and frustrating time of illness. S much pain and no quality of life, it was sad for us to see her alive and her only living was a chat on the phone.

    Now she is gone, to Pete’s dad in heaven where she wanted to be and I am sad that she is gone. I will miss her chats and the laughing I would hear when I talked to her about life. Sad for me, happy for her. Confused, yes I am too.

    That’s living and dying and in the last few months I have had to live on through it and I know now that out of the sadness comes happiness.

    Xoxoxoxo

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