I was thinking about kindness today. I am preparing a casserole dish for a funeral this morning. I'm making those decadent potatoes that were in my blog earlier this week. I don't know this person...we had never spoken, but I am on the funeral committee for our Church and this is what we women do. People have done the same thing for me a time or two. This is part of committee work in the Church,and there are so many little things that we all could do to make things nicer in our world...if we only took the time.
I can remember, as a little kid, taking my Grandmother downtown once a month. She walked with two canes and it was the highlight of her month...to be able to do some shopping "on her own" We would take a taxi and go do the shopping then she would treat me with something from the bakery, when we were finished. Sometimes, as i got older, I wanted to do something with my friends, but in our family you kept your word and commitments were important. After our shopping expedition, I was always glad that i did it.
Someone left a little framed picture at my door a few years ago. It said, "You never really leave a place you love, you take a part of it with you, and leave a part of you behind." I was moving to another town and found this inside my door on moving day...I never found out who put it there, but it was such a kind thing to do and I have it by my kitchen sink so I can always remember that kindness.
Acts of Thoughtfulness do not have to cost a lot of money.
1.Tape the exact change for a soda to a vending machine or a payphone.
2.Pay the toll for the person behind you.
3.Leave flowers in front of someones house.
4.Bake cookies for your neighbors.
5.Put quarters in the laundry machine for the next person.
6.Send sympathy cards with beautiful messages to people.
7.Leave chocolate on the desk of your co-workers.
8.Treat someone to a cup of their favorite coffee.
9.Drop pennies in parking lots for children to find.
10.Send a soldier a letter.
11.Take a picture of a neighbor’s yard and send them a thank you note for keeping a beautiful garden.
12.Clip out an article about a friend - from the newspaper or church bulletin- and send with a note.
13.Send get well cards to your friends and family.
In these days of computers, we don't send letters and cards much anymore. There's nothing like going to the mailbox and holding a hand addressed card or note in your hand. A little present to make us happy.