Saturday, September 25, 2010
Kindness and a Oven Mitt
Just plain old good will to others.
I admit it I am a sensitive person. I don't state it as a character flaw either. It makes me so sad when I see others being unkind. My little guy has told me of bigger kids being mean to him on the bus. This bothers me.
Of course I am not perfect. I am not always Miss sunshine. I have my cranky days. I am human.
I know there is so much kindness evidenced in this great art/craft blogging community. So many fellow bloggers are generous and uplifting to others. I LOVE it. And I know off line there is kindness.
Still I think we can ALL try and make an effort to be more kind on line and in person. Small things. A smile. Holding the door for someone. Letting that driver into the lane even when you are in a rush. Just being aware.
Perhaps when you hold that door open or pay a compliment, that could change that persons energy for the day and they then in turn are more kind to another. A big chain effect. You feel good for being kind and they feel good because you were kind to them.
Random acts of kindness (love these), intentional acts. They are all good.
Way, way back around Memorial Day I was with my mom and godmother. My godmother mentioned that her daughter likes to buy herself small things that she can open when the day didn't go so well.
You know the kind of day. The kids were up all night (and so were you), you got into an argument, your computer crashed. Etc. We all have them.
So I immediately thought that was a wonderful idea but why not do one for another person so that each gift could be uplifting AND a surprise! Who doesn't love surprises!
I was so excited to begin creating a bag full of small tokens to lift someone up when they are feeling down.
So it has taken me all summer but I created two!
I have things in each bag. Small things. Thoughtful things. Books. Candy. Lotions. Gift cards. Soaps.
Things that just may make the day a little brighter.
I am going to include a sentiment in each gift.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Denyse Schmidt Quilts.
And while I was SO proud that I actually sewed a "something" I can't say I am in love with sewing yet.
Back to kindness. I think it would be so GREAT if everyone received or made for themselves a small bag of goodies to lift you up when you are down. Don't you think?
I would love to hear your thoughts/ideas on kindness.
There are lots of resources out there for ideas too!
http://kindovermatter.blogspot.com/ I really love this blog! There are tons of kindness freebies. They do the kindness thing so well.
I loved this book: http://www.doonenicething.com/