This week’s challenge was inspired by another blogger who is documenting her bucket list journey. Christine at Project Light to Life recently posted about how she found $6.00 on the floor at the mall and went on to leave $5.00 at the Disney Store where she hoped a child would find it. I hope that a child did find it, because I can just picture the delight on his face at the discovery, can’t you? I am sure that there was a pit in his stomach, the nervous excitement that comes with unexpected good fortune, as he told his parents about the discovery, all the while hoping he’d get to keep the money. To find money as an adult is exciting,but to find money as a child is thrilling, don’t you think?
Group of five happy children jumping outdoors. (Photo credit: Lighttruth)
The Challenge: Brighten a child’s day by leaving money with a note encouraging kindness where a child will find it.
There are so many ways you can accomplish this and I encourage you to be creative, but in case you are looking for concrete ideas, read on. The amount of your “kindness donation” is up to you. Do you have a ton of spare change around? Fill a baggie with coins. Do you want to really thrill a child? Leave a nice, crisp $20 bill for one to find. I’d suggest leaving your “kindness donation” at a playground, sports field, toy store, pool or community center. Not sure what to write? Here are some ideas:
- “A gift from me to you, out of the kindness of my heart. Remember, kindness counts.”
- “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” Henry David Thoreau
- “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” Arthur Ashe
I’ve written a lot about kindness towards others – thank a teacher, be polite on the road, leave a big tip, donate blood and the list goes on. Today I am going to keep it simple and encourage you to focus your kindness inward. Forgive yourself for yelling at your spouse or kids. Take care of your body – make a doctors appointment you’ve been putting off, go for a walk, or eat something healthy. Make a Top Ten list titled “Things I LOVE About Me” and keep it with you for days when you need a boost. Don’t over complicate it, just do it and acknowledge that you are doing it for YOU.
I love this advice from Fashion Thrill:
The Challenge: Be Kind to Yourself
What other ideas do you have for turning your kindness inward?
Everyone needs encouragement sometimes. A fellow blogger has come up with a fun and easy way to offer it. Found Hello has launched a movement and I love everything about it. All you need is a pen, post-it note and kind words and you can spread joy to others. The note begins with a simple word: hello. Next comes the inspirational or kind words you want to share and you finish with a link to the Found Hello blog. Don’t forget to connect with The Do-Gooder Mama and Found Hello on Twitter and let us know how you have done with this week’s challenge!
My note is ready to go!
The Challenge: Leave a hello. note for someone to find. Want to take it to the next level? Do this daily for the next week or longer!
Today’s Challenge: Remember and honor. Remember the tragedies that have made our hearts ache and honor the victims by appreciating the people in your life. And, if you have the means, contribute to help victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Springtime brings green trees, flowers,warm weather, the end of my seasonal depression and Student Fundraisers. Particularly, in my neck of the woods, every weekend is marked by car washes for this cause or that one and promoted by gangs of screaming and jumping high school students standing at the edge of the road. I have NEVER stopped for one of these Car Washes for a Cause but that is about to change. This weekend I am going to let those students wash my car and I am going to commend them for volunteering their time to support their school programs. Now, if you don’t have car washes in your area, that’s okay. I’m sure there are students hocking candles, candy, cookies that you can buy or participating in a Dance Marathon or Walk-a-Thon to whom you can lend your support. This week, I am asking you to take Nike’s advice and Just Do It!
The Challenge: When you are encountered by students engaging in an act of fundraising for their school team or club, indulge them. Support their cause and encourage them to stay active and engaged in their community.
This week’s Random Act of Kindness Weekly Challenge is all about teachers, but not just classroom teachers. Teachers are all around us. Your child’s school teacher is the obvious one. But, what about the dance instructors, karate masters, sports coaches and tutors in your child’s life? And, let’s not forget your yoga instructor, life coach, online ed instructor or tennis pro. All of these people have trained extensively for their particular role and now they are sharing their knowledge with others. This makes them a teacher. Whomever is the teacher in your life, your challenge this week is to appreciate them. IMHO, a handwritten note from you or your child is the best way to show your appreciation, but if that is overwhelming, just send an email. You can of course give gifts too – Edible Arrangments, flowers, gift cards, and classroom supplies are all good options, but gifts should be in addition to your words, not in lieu of. For those of you with the crafty gene, I provided some links below to some lovely handmade gifts for teachers.
For the craftier types!
Skip to my Lou
Happy Home Fairy
Modern Parents Messy Kids
How will you Thank A Teacher this week?