One step closer to completing the PopSugar 30Day Kindness Challenge, and on Day 25, 26 and 27 I saw a trend – that I keep looking to do a grand gesture for someone in need. It made me think, an act of kindness shouldn’t be prejudiced to those less fortunate, because everyone deserves to feel cared about. I shouldn’t feel like I need to change someone’s life. Being kind should simply be about keeping a smile on someone’s face, not necessarily turning a frown upside-down.
“Cook a meal for someone.”
Did this already a few days ago on Day21. Today I got to do the task assigned for Day17 – putting stranded carts in a parking lot away. It had been raining all morning so I guess people decided to abandon their carts to rush away in their cars. Sure I got drenched putting away random carts, while my mom and kids waited for me in the car, but it was worth it because one less person would be annoyed due to not being able to park because someone left a cart behind (which is what happened to us).
Another task that was assigned to a previous Day (Day10) was “offer to babysit or pet sit for someone for free.” To prove what I was saying, below shows that helping out a fellow mom is standard practice.
“Cover for a co-worker so that they can leave work early.”
I didn’t go into work today and also have a day off from my kids . I also wasn’t planning on going out today, so I had no idea what my “act of kindness” would be. As I cleaned the living room, dining room, basement, kitchen, etc. I realized, I was doing my act of kindness. My annual act of kindness. I was prepping our house for our New Year Eve’s party.
When we built our house, I daydreamed of future family gatherings. I have a small, but close-knit family, and since I’m a planner by nature I’ve taken on the responsibility of coordinating all family events. For as many years as I can remember, I’ve hosted NYE (in our apartment and now our new home) and I couldn’t imagine ringing in the new years any other way.
“Donate clothing and books you don’t need.”
At the end of the summer I had our first (and last) yard sale. I’ve always donated my unneeded clothes to the Salvation Army, but had always wanted to have a yard sale. I was so excited, but it vanished quickly as I watched strangers dismiss your belongings and ask to pay nothing for it! After only one afternoon of my emotions getting battered I declared that yard sales aren’t my thing.
Instead of boxing everything back into the attic or dumping it at a local SA, I had a “basement sale” for only family and friends. And it wasn’t so much a sale. It was – come and take what you want. And it felt so much better.
Today, I gathered some leftover items to donate to Schoola. This organization collects items and sells them online (in other words, a second-hand store), with a portion of the proceeds going to your school of choice (mine, obviously being my kids’ school). So I consider it a win-win-win.
Kindness by definition means “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” It doesn’t define who deserves it more than others. Nor should I.
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