It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of our 30 DAYS of Kindness Challenge. When I started the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge, I had no idea that we would be visiting Kelsey and Josh for Thanksgiving. Much to my surprise, Doug and I traveled to spend Thanksgiving with Kelsey, our youngest daughter, and her husband, Josh. Josh serves in the United States Navy.
Not only was it wonderful to see both of them but they treated us to the best Thanksgiving dinner. Josh cooked everything and it was delicious. I am pretty sure that is the first time one of my children cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for me. I am usually in the kitchen for five hours at a minimum. Can I tell you a secret? I have never basted a turkey so I was quite impressed. One thing I have learned is to accept kindness, and say ‘thank you’.
Thank You For Your Service
I want to thank Kelsey and Josh for a memorable Thanksgiving and for serving our country. They both make sacrifices so that Josh can serve in the Navy. I am proud of the man he has become.
I’m posting a lot of pictures today but I just want to share part of our 30 DAYS of Kindness Challenge.
Kindness starts with us!
Call a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
Leave a kind note for a family member or friend
Collect can goods for a food bank
Donate blood (if able)
Make it a point to smile at every one you see or pass by
Send flowers to a teacher (current or former) who has dedicated his/her life to teaching
Donate old books or magazines to a hospital or nursing home
Use this day to catch up. After all, it’s not about quantity. It’s about quality.
Praise someone at work for doing a good job
Check in on someone you know is alone
Make amends with someone you have wronged
Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
Hug a family member
Give your pocket change to someone who needs it
Pick up any trash/liter you see
Put a grocery cart back where it belongs
Give a generous to a server
Go out of your comfort zone to make a new friend
Introduce yourself to a neighbor
Write a letter to a friend
Say ‘thank you’ a lot
Let people merge in traffic
Be someone’s cheerleader
Smile easily and laugh
Recognize the good in others
Take a meal to a family you know
Run an errand for somebody
Say something nice to everyone you see
Offer someone behind you in the grocery check-out line to go in front of you.
Give encouragement to someone who is working hard
Make a personalized playlist for a family member
Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
Always keep your word
Offer to pet sit for someone for free
Shop for someone who is ill
Put extra change in a meter that is about to run out
Send a card or flowers to someone going through tough times
Give up your seat for someone else
Spend a day saying only nice things to others
Be an active listener
Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox
Visit a sick friend
Leave a thank you note
Cheer up a friend
Ask someone how they are …and really listen
Leave change in the vending machine
Donate your talent
Be kind to yourself
Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it
Send a care package to a soldier
Bake a cake for a birthday person
Give chocolate generously and often
Let’s take our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge into December with us as we continue to write down things and people for which we are grateful.
I invite you to follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/laurasjourneyofhope.