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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Taste testing....





..kindness.....

Yesterday, we took care of our buffet tables. Today, lets take care of our world. Yes, I know, it's a big jump...from buffet tables to the big big world. But, you know...someone has to do it. Might as well be us!

Kathy wrote a wonderful message on her blog about chasing away the blues by doing simple acts of kindness for the people around us. Her post was the salve on my big bad blue heart. I'm not sure why I didn't think of shaking my funk by reaching out to others. Perhaps I was just too immersed in the stress and chaos that goes along with the holidays. Or, maybe I was feeling completely overwhelmed to the point that I couldn't think much beyond my own little space. Or, it could be all the news reports and media hysteria over the economy and the job market. Or, maybe I'm taking stock of my own life just a little too much--being this close to 50 and all. Well....I am not going to do a dime store analysis here. Because I think it's all of that and maybe a wee bit more. And, even if I do know what's gnawing at me--what's the use of going over it all right here right now. I've got a much better idea.....

It's time to taste test! And, I need your help....

A KINDNESS TASTE TEST.....
It's time to put on our Santa hats or our angel wings or our elf shoes and go out and spread some kindness. Anonymusly. For the next 15 days--until Santa himself arrives--I am asking you to join me in doing one random act of kindness each day....for anyone. A friend. A stranger. A coworker. An enemy. A neighbor. It can be as simple as leaving a note of cheer on the chair you were sitting in or as extravagant as paying for a stranger's venti fat freechai latte with an energy shot at Starbuck's. It's all about making someone else's day! If for no other reason than....because you can! Yep, within each one of us, we have the power to slip a smile into someone's life. For no reason at all. Just because. Just imagine how you can delight another person and how you can improve their mood. YOU could possibly be the one thing standing between this person's next action and what happens next in the whole world, in their world or in someone else's world. YOU can make all the difference....
And....as you're out there spreading good cheer and kindness, take note of it! Because, even though your act will be anonymus out in the big, big world...it won't be anonymus here. We will need you to report your Kindess Taste Test! Each day, as I end my post, I'll let you know what my Kindness Taste Test was. And, you can do the same....just put it in the comment section. Once we start sharing our little tastings...we'll start giving each other all kinds of ideas! Before you know it....you and I will have touched the lives and hearts of thousands of people across the world....just by doing the Kindess Taste Test!!!
A calorie free goodie smack in the middle of the holiday season!

6 comments:

Ashley said...

that sounds like a great idea

Gerry said...

I always try to live by my dad's quote:

"Kill em with kindness."

Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

Awww ma, do we have to???

Only joking.

I'm headed to NYC this weekend. I'll definately be spreading some kindness!

Anonymous said...

Judi,
At our Toastmaster Happy Hour tonight, I allowed a guy who wasn't too good looking (he was homely) to buy me a drink and I talked with him for more than 20 minutes. Does this count?
If not, I will have to find another way to comply 8-/
Cute idea natch
Jen

Kathy said...

That is a great idea Judi. Count me in.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Count me in! Great idea too.

Hey, I'm turning the big 50 in October of 09 myself. I can wait :)

Merry CHRISTmas!

Blessings,

Sher