“Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail, can keep the postal workers from delivering our mail.”
We’ve heard the saying.
We’ve believed it.
And truth be told, we’ve come to expect it. No excuses.
The postal service has an important job to perform and they take it seriously. Nothing is to stop the delivery of the mail.
Have you ever stopped to think about what that means? I think about what it means to me.
I get passes on certain things when the weather is bad. The mail carriers do not.
I may get to crawl back under the covers and go to sleep if an event is cancelled due to weather. The mail carriers do not.
I may get to work from home instead of getting out in the snow. The mail carriers do not.
These mail delivery folks have to be patient people. Think of all the times we get Amazon packages delivered. If every person on our mail route ordered and received a package all in one day, that’s a lot of extra packages in the delivery vehicle.
Yes…these mail deliverers need some extra kindness. So today think about a way you can show some extra kindness to your mail carrier.
Some kindness ideas: a gift card; some candy; a small gift basket of chips, water and chocolate for the drive; a bag of Oreo cookies with a bow around it. Pinterest is full of random act of kindness gift ideas.
Take time over the next couple days to show some kindness to the ones who drive through rain, sleet, snow and hail to deliver our packages and drop off our mail. We really can make a difference in this world, one act of kindness at a time.
I pulled into the driveway 3 hours past my normal arrive-at-home time.
Wet from rain.
I actually took a deep breath and laid my head on the steering wheel dreading to go into this piled house that needed a good cleaning.
My life had been crazy lately. Just a lot of things going on with work and feeling pulled in many different directions.
On one hand, I couldn’t wait to get inside and give my husband a hug and a kiss but on the other hand, I dreaded the chores awaiting me on the other side of that gray door.
I took the plunge and drug my exhausted, wrinkled-clothed, messy-haired body out of the car tugging my weighted-down computer bag on one arm and my stuffed-to-the-max purse on the other and opened that gray door. I put my baggage in the designated storage bin and went in to kiss my honey.
And oh what a sight for sore eyes – not only seeing Roger but he had picked up the house, ran the sweeper and swept the tile! A hundred dozen roses couldn’t have made me happier than the act of cleaning up the house.
As we continue celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week, our challenge today is to look for something you can do to make life easier for someone else. Maybe it’s babysitting a friend’s kids for a few hours or taking dinner to a working mom. Maybe it’s taking one of the kids’ chores and doing it for them this week or taking out the garbage for your husband.
Whatever the act, know that you are making a difference in this world, one act of kindness at a time.
“I miss Mayberry.
Sittin’ on the porch drinkin’ ice cold cherry coke.”
*Lyrics to “Mayberry” by Rascal Flatts
Man, how I miss those simple days when I was little and we would take Sunday drives over to grandma and grandpa’s house and sit on the front porch and just swing on the porch swing. I remember so many times going to my parents’ friend’s houses on the weekends just to visit.
No cell phones.
No watches that told you when you had a text message.
No electronic device to watch movies on.
Nothing to distract you.
Just you and the person you were visiting talking about your week, your day and what you thought were bad times in the world back then.
I miss those days of feeling like I can just go and sit and talk. I have a sweet elderly neighbor that loves that and I need to do more of that. I’m sure you have people in your life that would love to have a little Mayberry time with you. Think of someone in your life who would love to have a visit to just sit and talk.
Make it a point to visit them this week. Leave your phone and your talking watch in the car and just focus on them and have conversation about what’s important to them. It may be too cold to sit on the front porch, but I bet they would appreciate an ice cold cherry coke.
I need to plan a little visit. Yep, I miss Mayberry, too.
*Remember it’s Random Acts of Kindness Week. Paying a visit would be a great act of kindness. We really can change the world, one act of kindness, and an ice cold cherry coke, at a time. 🙂
Fifty for Fifty!
For my 50th birthday, my friend, Michelle, contacted about 50 of my friends, coworkers and family to write a note to me sharing kind words and memories from my lifetime. She had the letters mailed to her home and she gathered them in a beautifully wrapped box tied up with a nice, neat bow and sent them secretly with my husband on our trip to Arizona.
The morning of my birthday, Roger presented me with the box filled with good wishes and kind words. I sat and read each of those cards with a smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks.
It was not about the physical cards but rather about the time it took Michelle to contact all these people; the kindness of those people to write those nice words; the effort it took for Michelle to gather all those cards and letters and make sure Roger had them to give to me on my special milestone birthday.
It was an act of kindness, of agape love, I will never forget. And the kindness in that little box continues to fill my life with joy as I pull it out when I’m having a bad day and reread a few of those cards and letters and do it again over and over as a reminder that I am loved.
Today’s challenge to us for Random Acts of Kindness week is to send some love in a card. Not just picking up a card and signing your name but really taking time to write something special to that person. Think of a childhood memory or a funny story from years past. Write a note as to how that person has touched your life or continues to touch others.
Tell someone how great of a job they are doing as a parent or a teacher or an employee. Look for ways to share kindness by making a difference with your words to others.
It’s true…..we really can make a difference, one act of kindness at a time.