Monday, November 30, 2015

TEN WAYS YOU CAN GIVE {EVERYDAY}

 
Today is GIVING TUESDAY, in case you didn't hear! It's a day (The Tuesday after Thanksgiving & the ever notorious Black Friday (in which humanity tends to show her greed in full force)) that people are supposed to band together and give to causes across the globe. It really is a beautiful thing.....at the same time, I happen to think that deep and lasting change happens from giving more frequently than once a year. Giving more than finances. It also seems to happen way closer to home. It begins in our own hearts. In the way we live our lives. 

Here are ten practical ways that YOU can give EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

ONE.
ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TODAY. Tell someone you care about how and why you value them. Compliment a stranger. Write a note to a coworker, boss, friend, or family member and tell them what they mean to you. Don't be critical. Find the good and call it out in people. Remind someone that they are worth loving.

TWO.
SERVE SOMEONE TODAY. Open a door for someone. Bake some cookies for a friend or neighbor. Do your teenager's laundry...even though it's their job. Scrape the ice off of someone else's window. Cut the neighbor's grass (mine does this and it BLESSES me big time!!). Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food pantry. Just DO something for someone else.

THREE.
SMILE AT SOMEONE. This should be self-explanatory....but in the event it's not...I'll explain it. Your mouth does this really cool thing when you lift your cheeks and pull them back. It's called a smile. It can brighten up the darkest of days. You never know how this simple gesture can make a difference in someone's day. Make smiling your favorite.   

FOUR.
SAVE MONEY YOU WERE GOING TO SPEND & GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. Skip a latte, a fast food run, another pair of shoes that you don't need. Give that money to someone in need. There are many amazing organizations out there doing good DAILY. There are people in your own life that need a helping hand. So, save what you would spend on something you don't need & spend it on something LASTING. 

FIVE.
LISTEN TO SOMEONE. Having someone take the time to know WHO you are, and to CARE about what is going on in your world is one of the greatest gifts. To know that you are worth someone's time in this ultra busy world is a treasure. Be a listener.

SIX.
APOLOGIZE TO SOMEONE. Let's face it...sometimes we can be REAL idiots. So, my guess is that you've messed up at least once today. I know I for sure have. So, make it right on your end. Apologize and ask for forgiveness. Then, don't do it again. (And if you fail at that, too...well, you'll be thankful for #7)

SEVEN.
FORGIVE SOMEONE. Maybe even yourself. In this world there WILL be trials. In this life we WILL mess up. Sometimes big time. People will hurt us. We will hurt people. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. 

EIGHT.
MOVE FOR SOMEONE. Offer the better seat to someone else. Don't ignore the guy with his blinker on trying to get in your lane. Let someone behind you go in front of you in line. Change your plans to be there for someone in need. Rearrange your day to be a blessing to someone else. 

 NINE.
THINK ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE. Think of others before yourself. Think before you speak. Think of how your actions & decisions will affect those around you. Think about how your words will impact the heart of the person you're talking to OR about.

TEN.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

Be kind. Be loving. Be thoughtful. Be humble. Be loyal. Be forgiving. Be merciful. Be honest. This world is full of heartache....be someone that seeks to be a DIFFERENCE-MAKER. Change and be THE change.