Thursday, December 11, 2008

Random Acts of Kindness

I know, I know, too much posting, but I have an idea...

Year after year, we go forth with little thought about how things work and how the small things come to be.

For example:

An older couple from our church always sends birthday cards to our family, which leads me to believe that they are sending cards to everyone on the church list, as they happen. I always wonder how people on such a fixed income can afford the simple stamps to send the cards, let alone the cards to send to everyone! I think every year that I should send her some stamps anonymously. I think I will really try to accomplish that this year. (Our budget is really rather fixed too, so it is not as easy as it sounds!) I am not telling you this so you will think I am sooooo great or even good for that matter. What I am trying to achieve is a challenge.

I want to challenge all of the people who read this to doing a simple kindness to someone who could use a kind word, gesture, or something else. You will know it when you see it. As I said, we don't have money, so I don't just walk around giving money to people, but I have tried to make a few dollars stretch by making something to help someone out, when they would not normally get a Christmas gift, or for whatever reason. I have simply given someone my cart at Aldi's without taking their quarter, for the cart lock. I know it is very small, but the simplest things can really make someone think! I know that all of you, my friends, are good people and you can really make a difference in someone's life by doing the smallest things, so let's get out there and do it!

(Around Christmas pretty much every year since we took on our first "extra" child, people have been showing us kindnesses in one way or another and we VERY TRULY appreciate it! You never know who could really use your children's old clothes or shoes, or the coat that you can no longer wear. There are so many things that we can do to help others that we just don't always think about. Let's have a giving Christmas starting with the simple things!)


Marcia said...

How kind of them to send cards like that. That is a nice idea to do random acts. :)

Snot Head said...

There is no such thing as too many posts when I haven't seen my big sister in a week! I'm so glad you were able to get on her three times today and that you thought of me this morning with your very simple words of encouragement. I love you! I love you! I love you! ;) I miss you too.

Anonymous said...

Boy do I relate to finding something that Trish has given and get sad or cry or both! But does bring back great memories and feelings...Please don't wait to give her the pillow case...She would treasure it just as much now..And I rremember it...Beth

Momma B said...

Beth, your post got stuck in the wrong spot, but the feelings are still there! As the tears role down my cheek, I feel this kindred symbolism of all the things I have experienced in my entire life when I think about you being in it. And, that even when my mom is not here, you are. You remembering my pillow case means I still have a deeper link to things I don't know or remember. I am soooooo thankful for you!

Momma B said...

Well, I was not asking for random acts of kindness to be bestowed upon my family, but it seems like there has been a windfall of them and I completely appreciate it!

An "anonymous" secret admirer tucked a gift certificate for Cheddar's into an anniversary card, which was a wondeful, thoughtful surprise!

A not so anonymous service man spent time on the phone with the people he works with all day long just to get my phone working again! He knew it had been acting up for atleast two days and he spent his time fixing it for us without being asked! VERY SWEET!

And, before that, we received a gift card from an anonymous "sister in Christ."

Thanks for all of the kindnesses! We certainly appreciate everyone and all of their thoughtful acts and wishes and prayers too!