Recently, I asked my husband what he considered the most important things he needed to do for his day to be successful. His response, quite frankly, surprised me. Not because of what he said, but more so because of what I had in mind. I was thinking along the lines of housework, meal planning., etc… He quickly made me realize what really mattered. His list was 1. Spend time with your spouse. 2 Spend time with your children 3. Do something nice for somebody every day.
The last one is what really honestly floored me and totally made me reevauate, well, everything.
How do you do that exactly? How do you do something nice for somebody every day. It seems like such a simple tasks, but when I actually tried to put those words into practice, it proved to be quite difficult. The majority of my days are spent with a 30 something inch little person. Even when we leave the house, my focus is on not losing sight of her, keeping her from running out in front of a car, and from destroying other people’s property. You know, just your usual day spent chasing a toddler. To say or do somthig nice for somebody else??? Are you serious??
My husband’s mindset is right, even if you don’t do it correctly all the time and even if keeping your toddler from destroying other’s property might be considered your good deed for the day (even if they didn’t know it! :)). Perhaps, my service would be walking out of my house showered and with make up applied to my face. Gasp! They, being the world, have no idea what they would have been presented with if I had not left my house somewhat prepared. In all seriousness though, I sat down to to actually think of ways to actually be nice to somebody that did not include my toddler not coloring on their wall or demanding a 5th sucker. 🙂 I came up with the following list:
1. Wash your loved one’s car (You could either do this by hand or if you despise that you could take it to a basic car wash; I prefer the latter)
2. Freeze their favorite summer fruit and then bring it out in the winter for them to enjoy (this was inspiration from my friend Lisa)
3. Send an old fashioned card. You know, the ones you buy in a store and put a stamp on an envelope.
4. Send a simple text message telling your loved one how much you appreciate him/her. It will put a smile on their face.
5. Prepare their coffee or tea just the way they like it or buy their favorite beverage
6. Bring home ice cream unannounced or whatever their favorite treat may be.
7. Flowers (even those who say they don’t care about flowers appreciate the gesture occasionally). It doesn’t have to be a dozen red roses; a simple bouquet from the grocery store will suffice.
8. Keep a bag of candy or gum at your workspace for co workers.
9. Do a chore someone else in your family always does.
10. Hold the door open, for anyone! It’s always appreciated.
11. Pick up somebody else’s trash. Sometimes the best deeds are those unnoticed.
12. Take cookies or donuts to a firehouse or to your work place or husband’s work, doctor’s office etc.. (They do not have to be homemade!)
13. Put $5 dollars in a library book or pay somebody’s library fine.
14. Try the pay it forward thing at a fast food restaurant or if you can afford it, find someone’s meal in a restaurant you can pay for.
15. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile out of the blue.
What are some of your ideas for a simple kindness you can do for somebody else? I would love to hear from you. I challenge you to practice an act of kindness at least once a week for the next month. Once a week is really not very much, you can do it! Follow me as I attempt to meet the challenge as well at #showsomeoneyoucare
Proverbs 16:24, “Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Galatians 6:9, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.”