Do you have “down days”? I think we all do now and then. Today I am having a down day. I feel frustrated because several things in my home have broken down in the last couple weeks — our heat pump stopped working and it took 3 cold days to get it fixed; our garbage disposal stopped working and had to be replaced; a crown fell off a tooth and my bridge for another tooth did not arrive, so I spent 2 uncomfortable hours at the dentist, but still no bridge; my dishwasher sprung a leak onto the kitchen floor; and yesterday it rained, and the roof over the upstairs bathroom started to leak. So, this morning, I felt wore out, frustrated, and not happy — a down day was starting.
I don’t like down days. Usually, I just grumble through the day, and avoid people. I might call someone to complain about my problems. But today, I decided I didn’t want to have a down day. So, using Ann Voskamp’s book “1000 Gifts” as inspiration, I sat down and started listing things I am thankful for. I am thankful for warm blankets, my soft robe, clean running water, my toothbrush, washcloths, fresh strawberries on my cereal for breakfast, birds singing …. I ended up with 150 things or people I was thankful for. That did make me feel a bit better.
Then I read a blog post from Elaine Cougler. She shared a video of a lady who wrote letters to people as random acts of kindness. That cheered me up a bit, so I watched another video about random acts of kindness. You know what? I actually feel a lot better! It doesn’t matter as much that so many things need repairs. Seeing people who want to help strangers just out of kindness, made me feel better. So then I thought as my act of kindness to you, I would write a letter to you in my blog post, and I would share a different video about random acts of kindness to make you feel even better too. Maybe you will be inspired to do a random act of kindness…
Dear blog reader,
I am so happy that you decided to read my blog today! I like to write blog posts, but it makes it more enjoyable knowing someone is going to read it. I don’t always know what you are interested in reading, but I try to write about topics that would be helpful to you. If this post is helpful to you today, I would love for you to write a comment below! But if you don’t have much time, you can just click “Like”. That would make me smile. I hope by now you are thinking of things that make you smile. Maybe kids making a snowman in their yard. Maybe a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe a good song on the radio. I hope you have a really good day today. Remember I am thinking about you today, and wishing you well. I will be writing to you again soon. –Janet
So here is the Random Acts of Kindness video I promised to share with you today (It’s only 3 1/2 minutes.) (You will have to click it, and then click again to Watch on Utube. Sorry.) Enjoy! It will make you smile!