Day 5: Today I entered the world of Kristen Hansen Brakeman and encountered a hysterical tirade about Vitamin Water, specifically a radio spot that featured a non-celebrity swimsuit model as a spokeswoman for the product. You should read her post to get a taste of her spirited sense of humor and truly brilliant ideas for behind-the-scenes footage of Vitamin Water. As I read, I thought about all the times in my life that I have gotten irrationally mad about something that I should have just let roll off my back. The biggest offender in my life is drivers who use the shoulder to avoid sitting in a line of traffic. I know I should just ignore them and hope that there is a police officer ahead to nab their law-breaking tushies. But, my blood boils. I grip the wheel until my knuckles are white. I start to yell at the drivers, you know, because they can hear me, right? And then, I am that person who blocks their path by driving half on the shoulder and half in my lane, all the while claiming victory, as my grip loosens on the wheel, my blood returns to its normal 98.6 degrees and I start to hum a happy tune again.
Day 6: It’s Yoonanimous! This reading challenge is so fun because I am just hitting gold at every turn. Today, I visited Yoonanimous and read the most recent post about marital traps. The author, Yoona Park, describes “marital traps” as situations she tries to avoid because of how much tension they create between she and her husband. I think that anyone in a committed relationship can relate to this, so she had me at hello. As I read on she related humorous stories about H&M t-shirts and her husband’s grill and how he gets very territorial about it. And then I read her piece about the bike rack for the car. I cannot count how many “nice” family days have started out with an obscene amount of F Bombs targeted mostly at my bike lovingly referred to by The Hubs as B****. He and the B**** bike have wrestled each other countless times to simply be strapped to the car so that we can embark on a family ride. I’ve learned to avoid the loading of the bikes process at all costs. It’s best to load the kids in the car, lock the doors and turn up the music to drown out his verbal assault on the bike rack and B**** bike. If am so stupid as to open my mouth to try to help, I will become the target and that is just ill-advised if we want to continue on to our family outing. I also must steer clear of The Hubs when he is assembling children’s toys or furniture purchased from Ikea for the same reason. What are your marital traps?
Day 7: To round out the first week of the summer reading challenge, I decided to search the WordPress Reader for blogs with the tag “kindness.” Once again, I was exhilarated with what I’ve stumbled upon. Harula at wordsthatserve has embarked on a journey of doing at least one good deed a day for an entire year, and is documenting her acts on her blog. Even better, she is documenting the kindnesses that she has received too. I love this so much because often the focus is on doing good for others, but we sometimes forget to recognize how much goodness we have received! Since she was inspired by another blogger to take the journey, you get a twofer today. Harula’s inspiration is Rosie Amber who started her journey in April after reading A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly, a book that will be added to my Kindle library later today. I always find it uplifting to read about how others are living a do-gooder life and these two ladies certainly are. What is the last good deed that you have done? When were you last on the receiving end of a good deed?
With the first week of the Do Good Read More Summer Reading Challenge down, I am raising a glass to this challenge and inviting all of you to jump on board for the ride. I’m feeling inspired and invigorated in ways that I haven’t since launching my blog. Moreover, I am connecting with other bloggers and offering what little I have to give – my words in the form of comments on their blogs and mine about their posts. I hope that my small acts of commenting and sharing links have helped build their community of readers, I know it has mine. After all, this challenge, boiled down simply, is to do small acts of kindness daily with the knowledge that small acts often produce a much greater return than expected. So, are you ready to be challenged? It is never too late to start!