30 Day Christmas Challenge: Day #2…Keeping it Simple

Life happened…

Completely inspired and excited to take on my 30 day challenge, I couldn’t wait to get started.  But then life happened.  It was only day #2 and already I was scrambling.  My work day was crazy and on top of that we had an out-of-town friend coming in to stay with us for a couple of days.  This meant that I needed to spend my lunch hour trying to put a dent in the mess that had taken over my house from the Thanksgiving holiday.  Before I knew it, I was sitting at my desk and looked up at the clock–5:00.  Where had the day gone?  It was time to leave and I hadn’t had time to do my act of kindness…I didn’t even have a plan.

But this is what I love about my challenge.

If I didn’t give myself this challenge, here’s what would have happened.  I would have left work, picked up my kids, got home, helped Mike cook dinner (by help, I mean watch), eaten dinner with our friend and played with our little people before heading to bed.  It would have been a day just like every other day.

But because of my challenge…this day was going to be different.

Giving doesn’t have to be complicated–keeping it simple can work just as well

I realized that:

a) I didn’t need to have some elaborate plan

b) I didn’t need a great deal of time to do something nice for someone else

So I started thinking…what could I do?  I came up with an idea…

But let me rewind just a bit…

I love my neighborhood.  On holidays we have big parties–outdoor movies, bonfires, face painting for the kids.  The women get together for dinner/drinks/movies/parties.  Everyone knows everyone.  We’ve lived here for over 4 years and have become friends with most of the families.  But for whatever reason, there was one woman that I never really had the chance to talk to.

A few weeks ago she invited most of the neighbors over for a casual get-together.  I almost didn’t go…it was late, I was exhausted and I barely knew her.  But I’m so glad I did.  It was the first time I talked to her…and she was so nice!  She was beginning to run and was asking me for tips and advice since I finished my first marathon earlier in the year.

So while Mike was cooking dinner, I decided to take the opportunity to let this woman know that I was thinking about her and really appreciated that she had me over.  I had cream that is supposed to work miracles on sore muscles–luckily I didn’t need it during my marathon training, but this woman mentioned that she was suffering from really painful shin splints.  Voila!  I took the cream along with a short note and put it in her mailbox.  Within minutes, I had an e-mail from her…

“Thank you! Thank you! Cant wait to try it -exercise tomorrow! Thank you for thinking of me!”

Success.  It was simple.  It took me less than 2 minutes, but it made me feel great…and I think I was able to make someone else feel special.  And that’s what my challenge was all about.  Taking an ordinary day and finding ways to make it remarkable.

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  1. Pingback: Ideas and Inspiration for Acts of Kindness | Measured in Moments

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