Wednesday, December 2, 2009

52 Week Wednesday

This week's message is "Make Someone's Day". In today's busy, stressful world, it seems people have stopped doing something nice just because. It seems that whenever I do something kind for someone, they are looking for a reason, even sort of suspicious of me. And often, people (myself included) feel that if someone does something kind, we are expected to do the same thing in return, which is not the point.

Why are we like this? Have we gotten so cynical that we cannot accept an act of kindness for what it is? Are we so jaded that we cannot appreciate the beauty of generosity? Of course not, or there would not be firemen...or nurses...or social workers... or ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Here's some ideas I might do this week to make someone's day:

- Give a homeless person (on Mopac or 360 in Austin) a hot meal, coffee and a donation this holiday season. My son always asks why we don't give them food. I'm making a promise now that I will do it.

- Send an encouraging email, note or phone call to a friend.

- Play a game with my kids instead of doing laundry, cooking or cleaning.

- Bring a coffee to the nurse who gives me my allergy shot every week.

- Talk to the checkout person in line at a store instead of being wrapped up in my own thoughts.

- Buy a coffee (coffee seems to be a theme here) for the person behind me in the drive-thru line.

When I first started reading blogs about a year ago, my friend J sent me a link to Hope Notes. This was started by a woman who began writing notes of love and hope and putting them in different places around the city (i.e., library, bus stop, bathrooms, etc.). This woman's idea caught on and inspired people do the same in their cities. Here's a video of a group making them to distribute. After starting Hope Notes, the creator felt "a little bit more human. More grounded in the story of kindness holding us all." Wouldn't the world be a better place if we could all make or find one of these notes while going about our day?

Hope you have a great week making someone's day - just because.

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. ~Robert Brault


  1. I like are getting very good. As to my request...I would like to see you write something about how you feel when your mind is at rest, peaceful. Pick a specific incident and give all the details...not a narrative but a guided tour of your mind at that time. For instance: my mind awakens startled in the middle of the night searching for safety...often it finds peace and rest when my hand slides beneath my sleeping wife's back. Just the warmth and pulse are enough to settle me down. You can write better than I. I would love to hear your side.

  2. Carrie you are an inspiration! What a great example you are to your child. I just read a great book that has helped me in my journey to be more present in the moment. I think in the hussle of life we don't notice the cashier, the homeless person and even more scary moments with our family and children. Thanks for helping me slow down. Playing dress up with my daughter.