The Kindness Chronicles Series - Making the world a better place through simple acts of service and kindness. Contributors: Lyric Kinard, Jane LaFazio and Deborah Stanley
We're on the road which means lots and lots and lots of crazy getting ready for the mom. And with all the kids home I'm almost totally focused on the children and their needs right now. It makes it feel like I'm neglecting the opportunities for outward looking service opportunities.
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves."
James M. Barrie
But then I realized - what am I doing all day every day if not serving - in my own home. Sometimes it's hardest to be kind to the people in your own family. You are with them every day and it's easy to lose sight of their wonderful and deserving qualities. One of the best ways to regain that view of how much you love them is to mindfully serve them. Do something that will be meaningful to them.
What is it that your loved ones would appreciate?
Before this trip I asked each child what their favorite road food is and went ahead and got it. Sounds trivial but I avoid buying junk food like the plague so it was a bit of a big deal.
I've started a series on my blog "Interviews as Inspiration." I like spotlighting creative people and I'm hoping you, my readers, will be inspired by them to do something you've been dreaming of. (Interviews on my blog)
I donated to YMCA to send kids to summer camp
I donated to Visions Art Museum
I offered a scholarship to a teacher friend of mine, to my classes at an art retreat I'm teaching this summer.
Here's a list of kindnesses on my mind today: Visiting a sick friend, Sending a note encouraging or congratulating a friend or family member, Doing volunteer work to help those in need, Volunteering to take on a job with a group you belong to, Writing upbeat, positive emails, Picking up the neighbor's newspapers while they are away, Picking flowers from your yard for a friend. Enjoy kindness today and pass it on.
Eileen Wintemute recently shared this true story of kindness with me. "An elderly man wanted to take his wife to a movie, but the local paper did not show movie times for weekday showings. He drove to the movie theater in the morning to look at the times and movies that would be shown. He pulled up in front of the theater and was struggling to get his cane out of the car, and then himself, when the theater worker ran up to him and asked what he needed. He told her and she gave him the information right there at his car, saving him the trouble of walking up to the theater and its associated aches to his old, aging bones. What a nice thing to do!" http://eileenwintemute.blogspot.com/