Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mission Accomplished

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou

We completed all 28 acts of kindness! It took over a month, but we finally did what we set out to do: to make our community a better place through kindness.

Here's a final list of what we did:
-Left 6 encouraging notes in random library books and magazines
-Gave up my "free coffee" punch card to the barista to pay forward to a random customer
-Put 3 encouraging notes in random rest stop stalls on our way to Michigan
-Gave $1 to the library circulation desk to randomly cover someone's library fines
-Wrote encouraging notes to the girls' teachers
-Left a McDonald's toy at a local restaurant's kids' area (Maddie's idea!)
-Purchased Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed to add to the girls' classroom libraries
-Made muffins for the girls' teachers and aides
-Gave away 4 goodie bags to 3 random people and our cashier at Wal Mart
-Made 4 snowflakes and sent them to Sandy Hook Elementary

Sometimes people's reactions to our acts of kindness were surprise or shock. Mostly, people didn't know how to respond. But after a moment, if you looked him/her in the eye, you could see love, kindness, and genuine gratitude.

Our actions wield so much power. Imagine if our intentions were always to show love, like Christ's unending love for us.

What acts of kindness have you done lately? What was the response?

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