Yesterday on Yahoo's front page was an icon about starting a Ripple of kindness and I thought that was a very neat idea . I think in the holiday season and all year through that we should all try to create ripples of kindness because one tiny ripple can create a change in someones day.
I was working on a pediatric unit many years ago on Christmas Eve and a man came to the desk and asked if there was a family that could use some money to help provide Christmas for their family and we gave him a room number . He went to that patients room and gave them an envelope and walked out it had $250.OO in it and provided that family with the means to have Christmas that year. I know that most people can't afford to do that but there are so many things we can do that cost little or no money.
Here are some things I try to do:
*When I know a friend is having a hard time I try to send a pick me up card, text message or comment on their Facebook page.
*I go out of my way to welcome visitors to church and invite them to sit with me.
*I try to buy anything kids come to the door selling because I remember how hard this was.
*In the neighborhood when I know someone is new I try and make cookies or a casserole.
*In line at the checkout when someone has only a few items and I have a whole basket full I let them go ahead of me. .
*I leave text messages and voice mails letting my sister and her family and friends know that I love them.
* When I hear an ambulance,fire truck or police car I say a prayer for the person they are going to help and for the first responders .
*I try to take our cans that we have and donate them to organizations that collect them for the schools.
*I like to do guerrilla art like takingsidewalk chalk and writing messages like the one above or "You are beautiful" that make people smile and don't destroy anything (positive graffiti).
*I plan on participating in a Love Drop this year.
Here is a website I love Kind Over Matter.
I would love to hear what you do to create ripples of kindness. Please share your ideas with me!
Book Review coming up Friday!
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson
photo above is by Emily on a sunday on flickr