Tuesday 3/19: Adjusted the rugs in my building’s lobby. I am so afraid someone is going to slip or trip!
Wednesday 3/20: Cleaned up the coffee area at work. No more spilled goods, and everything was filled back up. 🙂
Thursday 3/21: Made coffee in the break room when the pot ran out–I don’t even drink the work coffee, but I know I made my co-worker’s day when he didn’t have to make a fresh pot.
Friday 3/22: Brightened the team’s day by being a gum fairy–gave everyone a pack of gum (and hence made a teeny, tiny dent in our stockpile). 😉
Saturday 3/23: Really simple…but I was at Market District and the banana peppers and jalapeno peppers were marked in reverse. An elderly woman behind me in line almost took the jalapenos because they were mis-marked. I told her they were, then changed the markers.
Sunday 3/24: I cannot remember what I did–although I am pretty sure I did something 🙁
Monday 3/25: Filled in to lead a conference call for a co-worker.
Tuesday 3/26: On-boarded a new Team Member when my co-worker had to re-arrange her schedule.
Wednesday 3/27: Fulfilled my giving to Haitian Families First
Did you know that today is World Kindness Day? It’s a day to take a little something you know about someone and do something random to show that you appreciate them or care about them. Pretty nifty idea.
Today, we are thankful for people who’ve executed random acts of kindness to us in the past. Specifically, I am thinking about some people who really helped me out when I was pregnant with and first had Arianna.
I was a single mom with not a lot of money (but making literally just enough to not get assistance). In those days, I kept randomly finding the things I needed at the right times. Specifically, a Target gift card in my school mailbox in pretty much the exact amount to get her soy formula to last me until Christmas and a stuffed sheep with cash in the collar stick out big time. People knew a ‘lil something about me and reached out to help. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to say thank you enough to the people who randomly helped me at that time (especially because a lot of the help was anonymous), but I really am thankful for those random acts.
What ways can you execute Random Acts of Kindness today? Did you know that Pittsburgh has an entire team dedicated to spreading kindness across our city (and the world)? We sure do! Go check outhttp://www.secretagentl.com/ to learn more about how you can participate in RAKs!
A long time ago, I was a first grader and I met the person who would be my best friend forever. No, this isn’t some story of silly elementary school friendship, this is a real life, forever and ever story. Wendy and I met at Pinecreek Elementary school, playing on the playground in muddy puddles. We had that one lone year together as children, then renewed our friendship when I moved back in tenth grade. Our time together was again short, but Wendy was a woman who will always live on through me, through my children, and hopefully through their children.
Today, after twelve long years without her physically here with me, my Wendy memories are burned into my brain. While there are days that I still feel the pain, there are days like today that I am proud of the person knowing her helped me become. Today, twelve years after she took her last breath, I know one big reason why God put my Wendy in my life. Even when she had so many reasons to take and not give, she gave. She gave and she loved. She gave with her whole heart. And she was such an amazing person for that.
It was December 1999. Our youth group had picked an angel to buy clothes and toys for at Christmas. We girls were in charge of getting the gift–boys know nothing about buying clothes for little girls. Wendy was in remission, but she led the charge of us getting our gifts. We packed into my dad’s conversion van and hit the road for DuBois. Warm clothes for the baby girl were a must, and then a fun toy. Wendy made sure we used our budget to the fullest to give our angel child the best gifts we could. Then we shared laughs over dinner, just a bunch of teenage girls making memories. We quickly lost track of time and got home late, but that was ok because our families trusted us girls together.
It didn’t matter what she had been through, she was always giving, always loving. Being the example of what we all should be. That December night was just one of many that I got to witness and learn all about giving with a joyful heart. Everyone needs someone like Wendy in their lives. The lessons she taught me will always live on and I am so thankful.
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Speaking of people who are great examples of giving wholeheartedly, take a look at what some of the peers from my first 2nd Grade class were up to this week. Green Sea Middle School Walk for Glaucoma (from SCNow.com). What great examples of love and lifelong friendship!