Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December is random Acts Month

Tis the Season, falalalala and all that as Lucy says in Peanuts.



Driving around yesterday finishing up some shopping for our Angel Tree project I alternated between feeling happy about the unknown child who would hopefully have a brighter Christmas day because of our company's project and being annoyed with rude people who cut you off in traffic and cut in front of you in line. The former good feelings belong in December. The latter bad feelings do not. So what to do about it?



I have declared December my personal "random acts of kindness" month. Along the lines of those of you who did the daily blog posting in November, I vow to practice daily random-ish acts of kindness. They can be biggish like sponsoring a child for Christmas or volunteering for social goodness, or they can be smallish like extending extra patience and kindness to the insurance company on the phone when you are the fourth person I've spoken to and you insist you are still not the right person and pass me off yet again. AND if I lose my cool, get annoyed with other drivers or shoppers or co-workers [do I have to include my kids? Yeah I probably do], well, that cancels out the kindness. The goal: each day to tip the scales in favor of kindness.



Yes I know I know, we should do this every day of our lives. But I don't. For those of you who know me personally, you know I move at "240," I have a short temper, and I have no patience.



So I am taking advantage of my general glee and feelings of good cheer that surface this time of year. I love Christmas. I love the good cheer, the abundant ways there are to help other people, the joy on other people's faces when you do something for them. I love the happy music, the fond memories, the joy of knowing I am blessed with an awesome family and fabulous friends. I am thankful for my faith that gives reason for the season beyond rank commercialism. I love the parties with friends and family and the opportunity to visit with people and say, "Hey I'm thinking of you, and I think you're special."



And maybe, just maybe, if I can allow each day's goodness to outweigh each day's badness, then perhaps after 31 days, this practice will become a "habit" that will continue in 2009 and beyond.



For some of you, this personal challenge would be no challenge at all. But for me, this is a Very. Big. Challenge. A challenge, however, more worthwhile than anything I've tackled in a long time.



Care to join me? Leave a comment, post this button on your site, link back. (I don't know how to do all the fancy stuff with buttons and links. I created this "button" on powerpoint and then grouped it into a photo. that's as high tech as I get people.) And let the Joy Begin.



11 comments:

david mcmahon said...

Lucy rocks - I am a huge fan of Peanuts.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I totally love your Random Acts idea!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this idea. I really have tried to do this myself the last year or so...doing pretty good, no one has been injured yet. I will try to get the button..."I ain't no good either little lady with the hi-teck suff." (say that like you just came out of the woods....)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Extra patience for insurance companies? You do think big!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love this idea and I will be joining you!

jori-o said...

landed here via disFUNctional mom---BRILLIANT idea!! The button's on my blog. Thanks for letting me join in!

Jennifer said...

I'm in, late but of course totally love the idea. When you think about it. This time of year is pretty much the only time you can do random kindness, any other time of the year and people think you're after something. Sad, I know. Have fun. I know I will.

Jason, as himself said...

I'll do it. I will make a conscious effort to be kinder. I will go out of my way to brighten someone's day.

Now, please remind me tomorrow.

DIRTFT said...

I think the scales idea is great! Remember people leaving OLOF Church parking lot and beeping because the people in front weren't moving fast enough? That was the first thing I thought of when you talked about starting from scratch.

Magpie said...

Love the Random Acts.

Megryansmom said...

Today is Georgie's birthday please go wish her a happy one!

http://georgienba.blogspot.com/2008/12/guest-post.html