Today I empathized.

good·will·ing·ness = empathy. Today–in an entirely defenseless and exasperative moment of grief–I let myself emphasize with another. I could have been selfish. Believe me, I could have been. But that would have benefited one person only, and for merely a snippet in time at that. Instead, I opted to benefit another and myself (and hopefully for more than a…

Today I chose myself.

good·will·ing·ness = self-worth. Today I realized that in order to do my utmost best when helping others, I must be my utmost best first. This means that I could not begin to write for (and more importantly, believe in) a blog with a purpose as great as Goodwillingness without being an example of the greatness I…

Today I noticed.

good·will·ing·ness = observation. Today I was prescribed a healthy dose of my own sweet-tasting medicine and I couldn’t help but gulp it down. When paying for an order at my local coffee shop I caught a glimpse of ink on the barista’s inner forearm when she reached for the money. I asked her what her tattoo read and…

Today I was cordial.

good·will·ing·ness = cordiality. Today I was reminded of how easy it is to exchange pleasantries with an absolute stranger, or in my particular experience, the teller at my local bank. In a matter of minutes we were able to determine how each other’s days had started off, what we thought of the changing weather outside, and…

Today I chose to care.

good·will·ing·ness = care. It is not every day that we are given the chance to show someone how much they mean to us. Days come and nights go, but from time to time, we are given opportunities to demonstrate care. Whether that be through listening, acting, assisting, or remaining silent, when we show care we…

Today I was honest about my intentions.

good·will·ing·ness = honesty. Truth be told, I’m not always 100% honest. Sometimes I skip sharing the truth when I feel disclosure will lead to frustration, hurt, or unnecessary conflict. This usually leaves me bearing the brunt of blows I spend far too much time and energy trying to avoid, and in the end, I am merely weighed…

Today I said I love you.

good·will·ing·ness = love. New Year’s Day. Another year over and a new one just begun. And what have you done? Today I said I love you to three people I truly love with all of my heart. Individuals I am guilty of having developed my greatest weakness over—putting others’ needs before my own. Today I gave…

Today I laughed at myself.

good·will·ing·ness = comicality. Today I made an awful fool of myself in front of my superiors and peers and I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard. Sure, the moment was light, the environment was fun to begin with, and the error was anything but problem-causing, so in effect my tomfoolery was quite…