Gobble, Gobble – Let’s give thanks
Turkey day is just around the corner and while I am salivating just thinking about the amazing food I will inevitably be over indulging in, I have noticed a trend. Now, I noticed this trend last year, but didn’t think much about it other than, “awe, that’s nice”, but this year, it’s everywhere. What’s this trend? It’s the “I’m thankful for…” posts on Facebook. (yes, I scroll through Facebook while working at the kids belts office, it’s marketing, right?).
I love the idea behind this trend and I am glad that so many people are thankful (even though they should be thankful everyday anyway). I mean if you take the time to reflect on the positives, like what you are thankful for, then you begin to create positive energy. That, my friend, is a wonderful thing.
But you know what would be more wonderful? What if we changed it up a little? What if we took a moment to be what someone else is thankful for? That sounds a little wonky, what I mean is, what if we do something that makes someone else think “Man, I am so thankful for…” Imagine the impact. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should do things to try to have someone tag you in their Facebook status (“I’m so thankful that so and so did this for me!”) and then you pat yourself on the back, I suggesting maybe a few random acts of kindness.
Here are a few suggestions…
- When you are in the drive-thru grabbing your morning coffee, pay for the person behind you
- Check out the lay away section of your local box store and pay off someone’s lay away
- Offer to buy lunch for that guy or gal you always see standing on the corner (don’t offer them a ride, you can always bring the food to them, remember to be safe!)
- Volunteer to serve food (or donate food) at your local food bank
- Hold the door open for that woman pushing the stroller with one hand and holding the hand of a toddler in the other
- Smile at someone
- Offer to help someone get something off the shelf at the store if they can’t reach
- Leave an encouraging note on someone’s windshield in the parking lot
- Order water when you go out to eat and leave the server what you would have spent on beverages (above and beyond your normal tip)
- Leave an encouraging note on a friends door
And so on… There’s your challenge, make someone else thankful. Can you do it? Please share your experience!
Now I leave you with Kid President’s “20 Things We Should Say More Often”…