Spread Some Love – I Challenge You!

I’m trying to make a concerted effort to share with you more aspects of my human side. I’m not just a shopping guru, but I have many aspects of my life that I have yet to share with you.  These past 3 years have been some of the hardest of my life, and in the next month I will be sharing a long blog post of some of our family’s trials and how we are surviving.  It’s going to take a while to write, so that will come later. But, in the meantime, I want to share with you some of my deep thoughts as of lately! {Don’t faint!}

{Switching gears} – My family and I went on a much-needed vacation to Newport Beach this past week. It took us 2 days to drive to California. Once there we spent a day at Knott’s Berry Farm, a day at Sea World and 2 fabulous days at the beach! Then we reluctantly got in our Suburban and drove home – another 2 day drive. When we were just an hour away from our home, the kids couldn’t take it any more and we stopped at McDonald’s to let the little caged up animals run around in the play place.

While at McD’s, I saw something extremely shocking. I was talking on the phone and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a woman fill up her drink and then run over and throw the entire drink into the face of the woman standing right next to me. She yelled something at her and left. WHAT JUST HAPPENED??? Did I see that right? Yes, and I didn’t know what to do. Many thoughts entered my mind “Was that her daughter?, Was it a joke?” When I got out of my stupor, I asked the second woman if she was okay? She told me she was and that the first lady’s kid had gotten hurt in the play place and she claimed her child was trying to beat up the first woman’s child, but that nothing had happened.

I nor my family saw the earlier argument, and I wasn’t there to pass judgement, but this whole instance really took me back.  Are we really that impatient and rude with each other? Can’t we just handle things civilly and give each other the benefit of a doubt?

Here is what I put on Twitter.

The great thing about Twitter is you can have some really short conversations with someone, that can end up really meaningful.  Here’s what I mean.

 

I’ve been thinking about this challenge put out by Amy to pay it forward, but I have as yet had time to act upon it as life has gone extremely crazy, but in a good way since we arrived home from vacation (again, I will blog about this sometime later in the next month).

I really enjoy listening to podcasts. If you haven’t discovered podcasts, you are really missing out. I learn all kinds of things about business, parenting tips and spiritual thoughts, etc. My faith is one of the largest aspects of my life. While on a my morning walk, I was listening to a religious podcast this morning called “Creative Service”.  It discusses easy and creative ways that we can give service to others around us.  Geoff Nelson tells about how one day he was on a jog when he saw an envelope on the ground.  Here it is:

Inside the envelope he found a $100 bill. Geoff dreamed of all the things he could do with the money. But, he decided he’d like to make other people happy. Geoff learned of a bank that would reward you with $100 when you open an account with them. He opened an account and immediately his $100 grew to $200. Next he created a blog called the “101 Happy People Project” to chronicle the ways that he was going to make 100 other people happy by doing kind things for them using the $200. It doesn’t take much to spread love around this world. A few years ago, I had a fabulous experience. I was grocery shopping with my 3 little boys and doing my best to stay calm while my boys were trying to grab everything in site. I’ve had may time when I’ve left the store with a half full cart because I’ve become to frustrated to continue shopping. Somehow, the stars aligned this day and we had a successful shopping trip. When I went to checkout, the cashier handed me a lovely plant and explained that another lady paid for it and said, “please give to the tall woman with 3 little boys. Tell her she’s a great Mother and to have a fabulous day!” I was extremly touched and that plant brightened my day for many months everytime I looked at it!

The above 101 Happy People Project blog and the interaction on Twitter have inspired me.

Today I’m issuing a Challenge to all of you.  Here is what I want you to do.

  • Look for an inexpensive or free way to make someone happy and DO IT!
  • Then share with us what you did by commenting below this post.
  • I will also be participating and looking for ways to pay it forward.
  • In order to motivate you, I will be giving away a $50 gift card to 1 lucky participant. You can choose your gift card from any store featured at Tall Clothing Mall.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly through random.org.
  • You may enter as many times as you want, but please be honest about the kind things you do for others.
  • This contest will end Wed May 2nd at 12 noon MST.

I hope this challenge will be a time for you to look around, get outside your own world and see that other people have challenges.  Do something nice and you will most likely find that you will be the one that benefits most from this challenge. Now get busy!

 

 

Comments

  1. Krista says:

    Well, I thought someone would have entered this contest. As of now this contest is closed. Be sure to enter in the future.

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