This is one of those posts where I have so much to say but I don’t know how to say it, and I don’t know where to start. So I’m just going to ramble on for a bit, with the expectation of cleaning it up later– or maybe I won’t, and I’ll just leave it a random jumble of ideas.
I want to talk about paying it forward, and I want to talk about the importance of being kind to strangers, and I want to talk about how important it is to be positive and upbeat and a good, kind human being.
And it kind of started with this little boy, a young man in our area who is fighting leukemia. And this is their status update as I write this post:
Abbey sleeps silently nearby. Brother and sister are tucked away in beds resting across the street. Sam and I have just finished listening to an epic Star Wars medley. As hour 50 passes in the quiet morning, I am comforted by the sound of Love’s fighting breath whispering next to me.
Two days ago they were preparing for last rites, but he’s holding out and the community is coming together to show their support and send him messages of positivity and love.
And my friend, Jaime, who is an amazing local photographer shared with our playgroup this website, because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and they have a great list of things you can do to raise awareness.
And then I wonder, is it worth it to raise awareness? Is giving someone “likes” on Facebook really doing anything to help anyone?
But you know what? I think it is. Because when you’re 12 years old and you see that 250 people from your community, some you know and some you don’t, got together to honor how great you are, and over 3000 people are following your journey wishing you luck, that’s got to feel kind of nice.
We decided that our playgroup should donate some items for a care package to the hospital (Day #21 on the calendar) and send yellow lollipops with ribbons tied around them (#20) and Jaime is a photographer for Gold Hope.
And I dunno, I think that even though the kids are our playgroup are super young they’re not too young to learn that you can do something really great for strangers and that it’ll feel good.
So it occurs to me that we should ALL be doing more things that are good and kind and generous. And I have a page on Pinterest (I know, right?) where I’m collecting ideas of things that you can do to pay it forward and spread a little sunshine. You can see all of these videos and posts and articles on that board, and I’m gonna invite you all to help me fill it up as well.
And besides, it’s proven that when you do good for others you feel better yourself.
Some things to help us get started.
Singing, singing all the day
Give away, oh give away
Singing, singing all the day
Give, oh give awayGive what is in your heart
Give away, Give away
Give what is in your heart
And your heart will ever liveLaugh when you’re filled with joy
Laugh away, laugh away
Laugh when you’re filled with joy
For laughing’s giving too
Kind Over Matter is a great resource for all kinds of great things you can do and printables to help you do something sneaky-kind.
I especially like these “thank you for nursing in public” cards, and Amanda says “I made these cards so you could quietly pass through & place one next to where they are seated, to let them know that you think they are wonderful.”
Websites doing good
And, I dunno, there’s SO many things you can do, and some are just really extraordinary. This just warms my heart:
Enchanted Makeovers’ mission is to transform long-term stay homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through unique projects and programs, a place is created that is supportive and inspirational for the most vulnerable members of our society while re-building their lives.
And then there are sites like DoSomething.org which is all about encouraging young people to take action.
I know there are a ton of other ones that are wonderful and inspiring, so leave me a comment with anything I’ve missed.
And you can let me know: What inspires you? What’s the last thing that you’ve done to be kind to a stranger? How do you teach your children the importance of community and giving back?
Just to reiterate, here’s the board with all this info: http://pinterest.com/grownandhealthy/pay-it-forward-spread-a-little-sunshine/ and if you want to get in on this then follow the board and leave me your email address I’ll add you as well so you can help me fill it up with all of the great ideas and inspiration that you have.