Kindnesses. Don’t get me wrong: I pray every day. But I do kindnesses, too.
Being kind. Such a simple thing, really. I think some of us underestimate how powerful one simple act of kindness can be.
Spend time with someone who can’t get out any more. What’s an hour out of our day cost us? Nothing.
Bake a little something for someone who’s been having a hard time. A pumpkin bread. A dozen cookies. Some cupcakes.
A simple compliment. “You look lovely today.” “That color is so pretty on you!” Compliments are easy kindnesses that can be done anytime, anywhere.
Ask a busy young mom if you can pick something up at the grocery for them.
Donate towels and blankets to the local animal shelter.
Purge your closet and give gently used items to a homeless or domestic abuse shelter.
Fix a meal for someone who might need the break. There’s something even easier: The other day we dropped off a small plate of strawberries to someone undergoing cancer treatment. So easy. So pretty. So appreciated, too.
Drop by with flowers from your garden. If you’ve got an abundance of blooms, drop a big bunch off to a nursing home.
Send a card –– a real card, through the mail–to say you’re thinking of someone.
In fact, some seniors have no none to send them a card. There’s a great organization called Love for the Elderly that helps us provide love and appreciation to lonely seniors by writing notes or even sending a sunshine box. Take a look, here. If you don’t have any spare notecards, check out a dollar store, where you can often get two for a buck. Use colored pens and add little drawings or smiley faces to your letter. Don’t know what to say? The website has examples!
And as you know, my heart is all about helping people heal. So I developed two decks of beautiful little affirmation cards--one for healing and another for grief. The packaging is lovely, too, and either deck makes a thoughtful gift for someone in need of a positive thought. Or 50 of them. That’s how many are in each deck. I’d love for you to take a look, because someone in your life would really appreciate them. Find them HERE.