Jacky Leonard's blog

Pay it forward - a time for giving

Categories:  Effective Communication, Being on purpose, Life Balance and Wellbeing

This Sunday, I was heading to Bristol to course manage day 2 of The Coaching Academy’s foundation in Personal Performance Coaching.  I switched on radio 2 to pass the time and tuned in to Good Morning Sunday.  Billed as a Programme discussing ethical and religious issues, with guests and spiritual music, new hosts, the Reverend Kate Bottley and Jason Mohammed, were chatting to one of their guests about Lent. Each outlined their thoughts about what it meant for them and then shared communications from listeners about what they were going to give up, or take action on, from 14 February to 29 March this year.

Their guest, was from an organisation that has been encouraging people to give out, rather than give up something for Lent.  With a simple message of 40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference.  You can find more information on www.40acts.org.uk

Now, I don’t consider myself a religious person, but I certainly have a spiritual side and thought this was something everyone could get involved with, regardless of their beliefs or religion.  It requires a little bit of outward thinking to focus on others, rather than yourself. Do a random act of kindness every day, consider the impact of your behaviour, or challenging yourself to make a positive connection with someone, without any expectation of getting something in return.  Of course, 14 February is a day for giving, usually to your nearest and dearest.  This year, it is also when Lent and 40 acts begin, so how about spreading the kindness around.

I’m challenging myself…and inviting you, to go make a difference, starting Valentines day. To start the ball rolling, my first act of contribution is to my social media contacts.  If you read this post, drop an email to jacky@jackyleonard.co.uk and let me know how you intend to pay it forward and I’ll enter you into a prize draw for a DISC personality profiling coaching session.  Your email must reach me by midnight on 28 February.  Good luck and let’s follow the Dalai Lama’s lead, If asked my religion I would say it was kindness.