Hello everyone! I’m back from my 2 week hiatus from blogging. I can tell you I definitely missed it. Being away from my blog helps me realize just how much I love blogging/writing and keeping in touch with my blogging family.
So the first week I took off to get caught up on homework. Which I did…in a way. I got my assignment turned in with a few minutes to spare, but was unable to get all of my reading done. My son was home with a cold/flu/something, and my focus was on him. I meant to also get my newsletter(s) out, but that got pushed to the back burner as well.
My goal was to come back on February 4, but I was called to Federal Jury Duty. I knew a while ago that I would be on call for jury duty for 2 weeks, beginning on February 2, but didn’t know when I’d have to go. As it turns out, I was called in on Monday, February 4, the day I was supposed to return. Luckily, I didn’t get chosen for the jury. The trial was quite big and long, lasting at least 3 weeks! Jury selection took 2 days, putting me further behind on my homework/reading/assignments and blog newsletters. I’m still on call for the remainder of this week, but hopefully, I won’t have to go back in.
So, anyway, here I am, back in the swing of things. I am caught up on reading for my current unit, but have an assignment due tomorrow night. Ah, at least life is never boring.
Well on with the article. With Valentines day coming up on Wednesday, I felt the theme of “spreading the love” was a fitting way to celebrate Kindness Counts** for this month.
Kindness Counts Act:
Kindess Counts Quote:
Orly’s Refections: (2)
“One day I stepped into a cafe to charge my cell phone. I saw the barista hand a customer a cup of coffee with a smile and say, “You have a wonderful day now!” I also noticed the silence as the woman took her coffee, walked out, and didn’t cast a glance at the barista. I recognized my opportunity. After all, that is what kindness is: an opportunity. I fumbled within my bag, pulled out a kindness card and handed it to the barista. “This is for you!” She hesitantly took it but as she read the card, her smile returned.
“Tag, you’re it! You’ve been spotted performing an Act of Kindness! Now it’s your turn to keep your eyes peeled and pass this along the next time you catch someone in the act!” With that I handed her a stack of cards. “Pass these along to customers that are particularly kind,” I said. Ignoring kindness can cause one to question whether it matters, and whether they matter. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s truly extraordinary how simply acknowledging an act of kindness can and will inspire a person to continue seeking out those opportunities.”
How do you “spread the love”? It doesn’t have to be anything big, or bold or even expensive. It can be simple, such as holding the door for someone, or letting someone go ahead of you at the checkout line. Maybe you’re on the subway and like an outfit someone is wearing, TELL THEM! Who cares if you don’t know them? You just may make their day. AND, they just may pass on some kindness to others, because of what you said or did.
Do you need some ideas on how to spread the love? I found a wonderful list of 103 Random Kind Acts at www.bradaronson.com
Here are 10 of them:
- Give someone a compliment
- Send a postcard to sick children. Go to Cards for Hospitalized Kids
- Make little gift baskets for the kids in your neighborhood.
- If you’re an Amazon.com customer you can donate Amazon.com’s money to your favorite U.S. nonprofit through Amazon Smile.
- “When you buy goods from over 1,700 other online retailers you can use iGive to have that retailer donate money to your favorite charity. This includes major retailers like Best Buy, Expedia, Bed Bath and Beyond, and others.” (1)
- Help a teacher get the supplies needed for class. DonorsChoose.org
- Collect soda can tabs to donate to Ronald McDonald House for sick children and their families.
- “Cook an extra portion of dinner (or dessert) for someone who needs it. Aid for Friends is a Philadelphia area nonprofit that delivers about 500,000 meals yearly to people in need. It started with one woman’s small acts of kindness. She made an extra meal each night to give to someone who needed it. Read her amazing story.” (1)
- “Write letters to strangers who need them. More Love Letters has a list of people who could benefit from letters of encouragement. Each person has been added to the web site by a friend or family member.” (1)
- “Send cards to lonely seniors. 13-year-old Jacob Cramer started Love for the Elderly, which distributes letters to American seniors via senior centers and nonprofit organizations. This page explains how you can send a postal letter.” (1)
For more ideas on how to spread the love through kind acts, FOLLOW THIS LINK.
While spreading love is important, I think it’s just as important to acknowledge when others are acting in a kind way, as Orly says in her reflections. You can perform a kind act simply by acknowledging the kind act of another person. As Mother Teresa says in the above quote, everyone you encounter in your life, should leave a happier person.
Now, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I LOVE videos. So, here are four videos, showcasing examples of people “spreading the love”. Whether you watch one or all four, I hope they inspire you to SPREAD THE LOVE!
Spreading Love in New York City
Saying “I Love You” to Strangers
Spread the Love Project
The Love Project
with Tiki Caldwell
Sharing love in a different way this
valentine’s giving back to the less fortunate.
This took place just this past weekend. Have a look!
** My Kindness Counts posts are based on the book Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts by Orly Wahba. The book contains 365 random acts of kindness, a quote for each and Orly’s reflections on each act. While I won’t be sharing every one, I pick the ones I feel will have the greatest impact. **
- Wahba, Orly. Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts (p. 45). Flatiron Books. Kindle Edition