April 12, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge – Day 12: Purposefulness

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Welcome to Day 12 of the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. I’m thrilled at the number of people who have decided to join me and Valerie in our goal to find small but meaningful ways to spread kindness. If you haven’t already grabbed our button, please do so and let everyone know you’re doing your part to make each day as nice as can be not just for you but for others as well.

For the past week and a half I’ve been encouraging you to seek out opportunities to be kind to someone ‘just because’. However, today I’d like to suggest the idea of purposefulness. Being purposeful mean acting with intent. Planning ahead.

Doing good, purposefully, is a wonderful way to show someone just how much they mean to you. Often the people with whom we interact daily are taken for granted. We expect our kids to do their chores and help around the house. Our spouse or partner is assumed to be available if we need. Our friends are usually just a phone call away. Co-workers, parents, and so many others are taken for granted. Maybe a half-hearted thank you is spoken, but no a true expression of our appreciation.

Today, I propose that we each act with purposefulness and take an extra moment with each of those people in our lives that are important to us to show our appreciation. Spreading kindness with purpose is no less significant, especially when it is toward those we love and care about the most.

How will you show your kindness today? I will show mine by saying thank you, wholeheartedly, for visiting my blog and being part of this challenge to spread kindness both randomly and purposefully.

Sara

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