Monday, April 26, 2010

When was the last time you saw something nice for someone? It seems like kindness is a thing of the past. People complain about how our children are turning out and how our society has changed, but I feel like most people are the cause of this. Not just the few extreme.

Take a minute and look around you. Look at your elderly neighbor's yard. Is there something that needs to be done? Maybe the lady next door has always had a beautiful flower garden, but in the past year or two you have seen it start to look like it needs attention. Maybe there is someone you know who has lost their job or has been ill and there are things that they could use some help with. Is someone around you doing something in their yard that look like they could use an extra pair of hands to get the job done easier? Is that cranky old man down the block just in need of a smile or a cup of coffee with someone who really listens to his stories of the past?
Why don't you reach out and help them? Knock on the door of the lady next door and ask her if she would let you get her garden ready for planting. Or pick up a few extra annuals when you go to the nursery and ask if you could plant them in her garden. Offer to help the person who needs an extra hand. Make an extra casserole and take it over to the family who just suffered a job loss or the person who has been ill or invite them over to dinner. Take the cranky old man down the block a cup of coffee and sit on the porch and listen to his stories. Fix up a pretty basket with everything needed for a meal or a special treat along with the recipes to make them and anonymously set it on the porch of someone who needs it. You would be amazed at what a simple friendly smile and a hello can do for someone's day. Reach out to your neighbors and offer a helping hand without them having to ask for it. I'm not saying that you should force unwanted help on someone. If they say that they don't want or need your help, don't push just offer again another day. Let them be. But how often does that really happen? Most often, if you offer to help someone, they will smile and accept. Who could build a wonderful friendship that will last a lifetime. Think about what you will be teaching others with your actions. Think about what your children will learn from you...especially if you bring them along and have them help.
Rather than wondering what has happened to society and our children today, do something to change it for the better. Think about someone else today and do something nice for them. I think you will be amazed at the change it makes in our world. Something simple for you to do, can make all the difference in the world in the life of somoene else. It can also change the world.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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