My beautiful (and handsome) friends…
I spent HOURS yesterday watching all of your videos and I’m still not done. Mannn, I’ll tell you what, I haven’t been so proud of a group of people since my competition cheerleading squad got second place at nationals in high school.
I mean, there are no words, really, to express the beautiful experience I had yesterday watching you all blossom. I am truly in awe at your willingness, and you should be really, really damn proud of yourselves.
We have spent the last few days deep inside ourselves, (Whoa, not like that guys, geez) and today we are going to spend time getting outside of ourselves, and it is going to be awesome.
The challenge this morning is a bit different in that, what we are going to do is not all about our own self-care. This morning, I want you to think about someone who means a lot to you, but for whatever reason – hasn’t heard from you in awhile. Whether it be the anxiety keeping you from calling, the chaos of children or the idea that “they will always be there, I’ll call them another time.”
The truth of the matter is, they won’t always be there. Life is fleeting, and it is over in an instant (and I know for a fact, some of you know firsthand just how true this is).
This morning, I want you to reach out to that person. I want you to actually pick up that 20 pound phone, punch in their number and hit send. This idea in itself may already be making you anxious – and to be honest, I’m not looking forward to it either.
Thinking of the unexpected joy they will experience by hearing the sound of our actual voice. When we tell them that we are calling just to tell them we love them, miss them, and are grateful to have them as a part of our lives—okay wait...I’m getting emotional for some reason. Lol. Whoa. I wasn’t expecting these tears. I was thinking of calling my grandfather – my last remaining grandparent. We rarely speak, it’s always been that way. But I imagined how happy he would be to hear my voice, and it’s making me cry like a baby! Haha.
I haven’t talked to him since Kaiden was a newborn because I’ve been “too busy”… I’m calling him tomorrow morning. I urge you to do the same with someone you love.
Okay, so getting proof for this one will be tricky, because we can’t be obvious about it. So we have to be extra slick when obtaining evidence for this one. However I will need some kind of proof. So when you think of what you are going to do, also think of how you can get a snapshot on the lowdown.
Today isn’t just going to be a beautiful day for us, but it will also be glorious for someone we cross paths with.
Today – we are doing a random act of kindness, without the person knowing it was us, just to brighten their day.
On New Years Day last year, when my family pulled up to the window of Burger King, the cashier said “You don’t owe me anything, the person in front of you bought breakfast for your family today.” I kid you not, I cried. I had never experienced anything like that before and ever since then, I buy the coffee for the person behind me at Dunkin Donuts as often as I can. I do it because I know that it will make them happy, (unless they feel obligated to pay for the person behind them and that person ordered five drinks). But the main reason I do it is because it makes me feel good, to know that the person back there will experience the same grateful surprise as I did that day.
Obviously everyone can’t run out and buy food for everyone, so I have come up with some ideas for inspiration, but feel free to do something else, these are just to get your wheels turning:
Free ideas ($4 can be used for bus fare)
- Write a kind note and leave it on someone’s windshield wiper.
- Hide a note in the pocket of your kids jeans to find at a later date.
- Reach out to a new mom and see if there is anything you can do for her.
- Offer to watch a friends kids so she can go run errands.
- Leave an anonymous, inspiring message in a neighbors mailbox when they aren’t home.
- Leave a surprise in a book at the library.
- Write a positive review for a business you enjoy.
- Send an encouraging email to someone who needs it.
- Ask a senior to tell you a story from their past.
- Make someone a handmade card.
- Post a sweet, anonymous sticky note on a coworkers desk.
- Purchase tampons for a homeless woman.
- Go to the dollar tree, get socks, and donate them to a homeless shelter.
- Leave change on top of washers in a laundromat and in vending machines.
- Tape a bag of popcorn to the redbox machine with a note that says “Enjoy popcorn with your movie tonight”. (I totally stole this idea)
- Leave a server a large tip.
- Show up to a friends work with snacks, a beverage and a trinket to keep at their desk.
I can do this all day. You all will think of your own ideas and they will be wonderful. The world needs more love, and less hate. I have a feeling that tomorrow there will be a huge jump on the universe’s love-o-meter because of our actions, and maybe our recipients will be inspired and spread love themselves. I am so looking forward to hearing about and seeing this today!
Night Time Challenge:
Sit on the edge of your bed and write down any tasks you haven’t finished today, that you will address tomorrow. (Don’t think of these tasks again tonight, and if you find your mind drifting back, remind yourself that there is nothing you can do now as it’s bedtime, and you will get to them tomorrow. The house will not self implode if there are dishes in the sink)
Lay down, get cozy, and instead of mindlessly scrolling, READ SOMETHING. If you don’t have a book handy, click this link. Pick a story (or two) and enjoy escaping into someone else’s world for a bit.
In case I haven’t told you yet today. I am so damn proud of you.