On my second week of 40 acts of kindness and this week is particularly interesting. Yesterday’s act was about taking the time to express gratitude to those who we might not think to thank or who’s services we take for granted e.g. postman, bus driver etc. Thus, jotting down a few words of gratitude in the form of a thank you note and giving to someone to whom you are genuinely grateful to can bring an immense feeling of appreciation and sense of worth to the person receiving the note. There is a lady in work who has been nothing but helpful to me since I arrived in Paris, helping me with the constant administration and paperwork required to do anything in this country. Although I always say thank you to her, I decided to express this in a handwritten sentiment (on a post it) and let her know how much I appreciate her help. And I think she appreciated feeling appreciated 🙂
Today’s act is about reaching out and acknowledging the influence we have on people. In your journal (created in Act #1), write a list of those people you influence…if you think you don’t influence anyone, think about those people in your phonebook who would rush to your aid in an emergency or those that would attend your wedding, graduation etc. Those people in your life that would do that are in fact influenced by you…so reach out today to those people be it via your church, school or even online realm e.g. blog (like this one!) and share a message of kindness.