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Random Acts & Smoothies

Updated: Jan 11

My husband made me a smoothie this morning. It was a random act of kindness. It didn’t take him very long and at first glance might seem like a small and simple thing, but it truly made a huge difference in my day. I was running late for work, and was feeling pretty cranky realizing that I wasn’t going to have time for breakfast. Since the next chance I would have to eat that day would be around 2 pm, this was kind of a problem. With the crazy hours I have been putting in recently, skipping meals has become a far too frequent consequence. I rushed downstairs ready to go, with my purse and coat already on, to find my husband holding out a smoothie he had made for me to drink in a hurry before I left. I hadn’t asked him to, or even mentioned that I was running late that I can recall. He just saw the situation on his own, and wanted to help. That’s the kind of man he is. I’m a very lucky woman to have him in my life. Because of that relatively small act of service, I didn’t spend my whole morning uncomfortable.  I was able to enjoy my interactions with people rather than be distracted by hunger pangs, and self pity. “Hangry” is a real thing, you know it’s true. Perhaps even more importantly, he also gave me the gift of feeling loved and nurtured as I went out into my day. It wasn’t just the 2 or 3 minutes it took to make the smoothie. It was that he noticed. He cared for me enough to stop what he was doing, and think about how he could lift my burden at that moment. Then to follow through. As an added cause for praise, he made it chocolate. He has learned that in almost every instance of anxiety on my part, chocolate is usually the cure. What can I say? He’s a keeper.

Random acts of service and love far surpass the actual physical effort they take to perform. We never know at any given moment the impact they might have. People around us are often carrying heavy loads we know nothing about, and both the physical assistance and the emotional boost could be very much needed and welcomed. So I am issuing a challenge to myself (and to anyone else who would care to join me) to do at least one random act of kindness every day in the month of December. Don’t over think it and get hung up on it being some big event. Don’t do it in hopes of some reward or acknowledgement. Just try to be more aware of those around you each and every day, and what they might need. Does a young mom with kids in a stroller need some help opening the door at the mall? Does your sister need some help with her homework? Can you secretly do a family member's chores for them before they get to them? Could someone use a cup of coffee or even just a smile from you today? There’s so many things you could do to bless the life of someone else, and if you open your heart and mind you will notice them far more often. Over time this new habit will become an integral part of who you are.

The second part of the challenge is to be more aware each day this month of the random acts of kindness that others do for you. To notice and acknowledge them. Most often the person isn’t acting with the expectation of a “thank you” - but still it would make them feel good just the same to hear that you are grateful. The more often you stop and notice kindnesses and express gratitude for them, the more apt you are to have a hopeful and positive outlook toward the world.

December - the month of gift giving. Let’s pause in the midst of the frantic buying spree though, and keep kindness on our “list.” Tis the season after all.

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