So I set out with the list I was given and decided on some tasks, some easier than others, and some much funner than others.
Day 1: Mail an anonymous package to a friend --I did this and tried my darnest to disguise my handwriting, but I was figured out. I still think she liked the package!
Day 2: Leave a note in the mailbox for my mail lady with a Starbucks gift card. My mail lady appreciated the gesture and left me a thank you note!
Day 3: Send an anonymous letter to a sibling with a gift card. I mailed a note to my sister from her child with another Starbucks gift card. I really really thought she might think it was her husband, but alas she also realized it was me, but loved the coffee treat!
Day 4: Leave change for the snack machine. Well this one was a BIG FAIL! So I thought I would be creative, right. So I made up a cutesty note card (see picture) so people could see the change and know it was for the taking. Well I left it there Friday taped to the soda machine. And I waited, and waited, and waited. Turns out people do not like free money. I know multiple people have come and gone from that snack room and NO ONE uses the money. I finally took the note card down today and just left the change in the machine, but this one was a bust.
|Sorry for the sideways picture!|
Day 5: Packed up and delivered an extra bed I had to a friend across town. This was probably the hardest of all--with CJ's help, we load up the truck, but moving furniture is much harder to do than it looks and that bed was unyielding. Needless to say, I am glad that is over, but she now has a bed for one of her guest bedrooms!
Day 6: Volunteered for a task at church I really did not want to do. This past Sunday was an overfill of duties at church. I had nursery and hospitality/greeting, had to work the welcome table, then at night I had a leader's meeting and youth group. I was definitely doing my normal acts of kindness anyway. So when I learned we had a fellowship lunch, I DID NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE. But I did, despite my better judgement, and it was good. I volunteered to work the cash box and registration for people who had not pre-paid for their lunches. It was a fun experience and afterward I joined a few others to catch up on the week and eat lunch today.
Day 7: Took a friend out for her birthday celebration. My friend Allison was celebrating her birthday on Tuesday, but since Monday we have small group, I asked if she would be available to meet up for dinner. I have been wanting to have some one on one time (so I guess this is a little selfish of me too) for awhile with her and her birthday seemed like a great opportunity. We shared a meal and some wine and chatted about our lives. It was great and I think she appreciated the celebration for her birthday. Then we had cupcakes at small group for her!
All in all, it was a great week. I enjoyed the experiences of going out of my way to be kind and I found myself more incline to be friendly or helpful when needed. I offered up by dusting services for my mom, but she put me off for a few weeks when she is on a cruise in December and I am staying at her house to watch the dogs. So all in all, acts of kindness week was a success. Thanks for the challenge CJ!