I’ve been inspired by Amber West’s post A Special Friday Inspiration – Giving Back. The fantastic ideas she shared is to have bloggers join together to give up something in their lives to help out someone in need. For the next month, we figure out what we will give up and then blog/tweet about it to share with others.
Simple right? Well no, not when you face down something you know you could obviously give up, but are fighting. What is mine? Daily gourmet lattes. I even commented on her site:
Amber, I’ve been noodling on this and struggling with what I had extra that I could cut. My workday latte treat serves as both meds for my migraines (the caffeine) and happiness for a non-morning person…so at first I held tight to it (and screamed no). But I could pre-plan the night before to brew coffee at home two of those days and use that.
My life would churn on just fine having the home-brewed, flavored coffee I enjoy on the weekends those few extra days. It is a simple change that the blind habit of my actions blocked.
Having that final breakthrough got me thinking about other simple changes and courtesies we have lost to the rush of it all. It made me reflect on the daily occurrences of road rage, short tempers, vengeful e-mails and miscommunications I see in part of my world. It made me think of what else I can give in terms of my time or abilities. It made me think of how else I can be a more positive force in the world.
“If you aren’t helping someone else, you are doing a huge disservice to the universe.” Anonymous
So here are some happy, smiling, giving-of-self folks with signs reminding us of the basics. Be kind. Lead by example. Inspire someone. Show compassion. May we all find that in our own lives and be able to give and receive.
What will be your random act of kindness each day?
What do you do to give back?
Share stories of an unexpected kindness you’ve received.
[Oct. 1 Update: Forgot to mention I’m donating to RAINN -the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, which is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. I know too many people affected by this and also wanted an organization that would help women, men, children, teens, all races and all religions. RAINN is great because 92 cents of every dollar goes directly to their work. There are multiple ways to give to them.]