“It’s a beautiful fact that in practicing kindness, we can’t help but deepen our understanding of how inner and outer change are fundamentally intertwined.” (Daily Good, “5 Reasons Why We Serve.”)
- My favorite parts of the week were our bedtime compliments and gratitude lists. I’d like to continue doing this.
- We shopped for canned food and donated them to the Food Bank. My sweet girl said she felt great doing it.
- I felt lighter after I helped a woman find something at Target she was having trouble spotting and even gave her my coupon for the item. She was so thankful. That inspired me to move a shopping cart out of a handicapped parking space on my way out to the car. Why not? I know I get frustrated when a cart is smack in the middle of a parking spot!
- Donate used children’s books to the library. We ordered a few new books from my daughter’s Scholastic book club (swoon) at school so she felt really good about making space for new by donating some used ones. She did a GREAT job with this, helping me give them to the librarian.
- We saw someone at the side of the road asking for money/help, so I told her we were going to give him one of the gift cards we bought for McDonalds. After he said “Bless you” and I didn’t know how to reply and we moved on, she told me I should have said “Have a nice lunch.”
- My daughter and I sent e-cards to a few friends and to her teachers for Valentine’s Day. She enjoyed writing her own notes and waiting for a response.
- Also for Valentine’s Day, she insisted that we leave the house early for music class so we could stop and buy a flower for her teacher. I was amazed at her giving spirit and the seriousness with which she selected just the right rose and wrote her note.
Each of us can make a difference in some small way every day, even if it’s just a smile sent toward a stranger. I invite you to join us in looking for opportunities to spread kindness this week (and always).