I have the privilege of partnering with several women this month to bring you a series on what kindness looks like and how important it is, today I am the “Kindness Captain”. I will be honest, I was super excited by this challenge and for being able to partner with so many amazing women in this project. I’ve even been brainstorming some great ways to show kindness to my family as well as others around town.
However I woke up just “not feeling it” if you know what I mean. I woke up with a begrudging attitude and I did not want to make the whole day about showing kindness. I wanted to stay in my jammies, nestled with a good book while the kids played and all would be marvelous. Isn’t that the perspective we often have?
Let me tell though that as the day moves on and I set about the task to show kindness to people, it has been my greatest joy today!! It’s so funny how God turns our attitudes around when we confess our selfishness and follow through with things we might dread at the time.
Our mission today has been to seek ways to show kindness to people, with that purpose it was easy to be slower at everything in the day, being in a rush simply didn’t happen! Here are a few of the things we’ve done:
- Studied with my kids about being kind in the Bible (helpful lesson for all of us as we prepared for our day so far).
- Left encouraging notes for the garbage men and mailman, with gifts of Gatorade & Clif Bars.
- Got a coffee and bagel for Claire’s teacher to give to her when we arrive.
- Also paid for the order behind us to bless that person too.
- Colored a special drawing for our new neighbors.
- Delivered it straight to them with zucchini bread.
- Brought extra bread so other kids at the park could feed the ducks with us.
- Mailed encouraging notes to friends, letting them know what I love about them.
- Opened store doors for everyone who entered or exited for 10 minutes at every store we frequented this morning.
- Helped a mom juggling packages and kids at the post office (carried her package inside for her).
- Helped another mom, parked right next to me, get a car seat into a box that she wanted to return by keeping the box open open for her.
- Gathered stray carts in the parking lot of the grocery store (raced my kids) & put them all straight in the carousels.
More activities are happening like these after I hit “Publish” on this post. I wanted to give you an idea of what our day looks like as we seek to love other people.
I encourage you to join me in this endeavor to show kindness today. Please share your experience with me by either leaving a comment below or linking up your blog post about it here.
Here are some excellent ideas to help you be creative in showing kindness to others as well as fun little printable to help as well.