Today was a potpourri of kindnesses.
Kindness #1: I left my purse at church on Sunday and it was rescued by the children's ministry director and his wife, so I thanked him when I went to church to retrieve my purse by bringing him a thermos full of hot, spiced cider.
Problem #1: His wife was really the heroin of the purse, so I probably cider-gifted the wrong person.
Problem #2: When the kids discovered that I had given the rest of the spiced cider to Mr. Matt, they made it clear that they were ready to be done giving our treats away to other people to be kind.
Kindness #2: I bought a few extra stamps to leave with the cashier at the post office for other customers who need stamps.
Kindness #3: I bought a snickers for the checkout lady at the grocery store.
Problem #3: All my little extras have started adding up... I should have budgeted for a kindness expense account so that we can stop hovering just above the poverty line.
Kindness #4: I gathered and returned people's grocery carts for them so they could get out of the rain as soon as they loaded their groceries into their cars.
Problem #4: People were bulking up on staples in preparation for power outages, so that meant a lot of standing in the rain waiting for their carts. This made them slightly uncomfortable, and put me at moderate risk of hypothermia.
Kindness #5: I brought a meal and a few basics (well, carrot cake isn't technically a basic, unless you have taste buds...) to a man who recently lost his wife. He is living alone and his daughter is very near and dear to my heart, but she lives out of state. So, a little extra love and care from me, is like a little love and care from her. So, I think he was blessed by my delivery.
Problem #5: This man was not at home, so I had to leave the items on his porch. Normally this wouldn't be that big of a deal, if it weren't for...
Problem #6: Hurricane Sandy.
I know people always say that it is the thought that counts, but sometimes it is actually eating the dinner that counts. "What!? You're dinner blew away entirely!? Oh... well, it's the thought that counts." Nobody would ever say that because it's so stupid. So, I am hoping that his dinner survived.
I quintupled up on Acts of Kindness partly because I am nearing the end of this month, and I want to get in as much as I can while I am this focused and intentional about doing it... but also because it has become a habit. I don't know if I can ever go through the grocery check-out and chose to not spring for the extra 70 cents to make someone's day. It is just becoming a way of life... which is really bad news for my kids who think that in a few days I will stop giving away all our candy.
Okay, readers, followers, friends... I have a favor to ask. I am in a blogging groove with my daily posts, and many of you have asked me what I am going to do in November. The answer... surprise! I have no idea. So, tell me this... what would YOU like to see me do for the month of November? Place your votes in a comment below or on facebook or through an email or private message. Send me a telegram if you must... but I need input! I want to keep going because I have so enjoyed sharing this journey with so many of you, it's about time you people helped me carry all this baggage! ;)