The other day I found myself reminiscing about what a nice person I used to be.
I realize it sounds completely ridiculous, but stay with me for a minute.
I can't quite place my finger on some sort of turning point, but up until my early twenties, I used to be the type of person who went out of her way to brighten someone's day. A few examples: One Saturday, when I was about 11 years old, I got the brilliant idea to wake up exceptionally early and prepare breakfast for my parents. Granted, the only thing I knew to prepare was scrambled eggs, but this sweet gesture ultimately turned into a Saturday tradition for the next year or so. As I got older, I had the epiphany to start writing sweet notes and hiding them in unsuspecting places for my mama to find – something I continued to do all the way through college. In high school, when a friend was extremely anxious about an exam, I drove to her house the morning of the exam and surprised her with a box of chocolates and an encouraging note.
These are just a few examples that stuck out in my mind – but the point I'm trying to make is that I used to be THAT TYPE of person – the type that noticed and sympathized with the struggles of others and put her own desires, to-do lists and plans on a back burner to spread kindness to others.
So, when the other day my husband suggested I prepare a meal for a friend whose little ones were all sick, it suddenly dawned on me, "When did I become the type of person who had to be told to do kind things?"
It's a sad realization to see first-hand the effect "adult life" has had on you, let me tell you. Like so many of us, I often have good intentions, then life gets in the way, and I get too busy or forget.
So when Wayfair recently launched the #BlogItForward challenge, it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, and I knew immediately I had to join.
Wayfair is challenging all bloggers to spread kindness by "blogging it forward," meaning that for every blogger that shares a story of how they spread kindness, Wayfair will donate $50 to Habitat for Humanity.
Here are some ideas from Wayfair for spreading kindness in your community:
- Surprise a stranger by buying them a cup of coffee.
- Pay the tolls for a car behind you in line.
- Offer a spare umbrella to someone in a rainstorm.
- Surprise a neighbor with freshly-baked treats.
- Bring a donation to a cause you support.
- Leave a gas gift card at a pump.
- Surprise a service worker with an extra big tip.
- Offer to do grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor.
- Rake your neighbor's yard or snowplow their driveway when they are at work.
- Send flowers to the office staff at your child's school.