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.