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8 Days ’til Christmas – Thank You Very Much

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by: Me

Thankfulness. We probably don’t display enough of it. Granted, I live in Oklahoma so please and thank you are everyday terms to the majority of people here, even in “the City”. Leave here or leave the south and everyone is laser focused on where they need to be next. You don’t often see people opening doors for one another or saying “Excuse me”, let alone using the tried and true “Please” and “Thank You”. What does that say about us? Honestly, I think we’re getting it wrong. Very wrong.

Thankfulness has been on my mind a lot lately. We just left a season of thankfulness where many were eager and willing to display what they were thankful for on social media. Now, we head into a time when we should be even more thankful; grateful that the Savior of the world was born. Alas, we often find greed and busy-ness (aka chaos) taking people over this time of year. Sometimes we even have the best of intentions, but we still get caught up in the madness of the holidays.

Can I ask you to take a moment to breathe, today? Just take 5 minutes to yourself to reflect, meditate, and/or pray. Think about what it is that you are thankful for; WHO it is that you are thankful for. Let thankfulness and gratitude fill you up and spill over. Let it run your day instead of a checklist. Smile at a stranger. Buy the lunch of the person behind you in line. Help a mom take her bags to the car while she wrangles her kids through the parking lot. You’ll find that if you center your heart on gratitude, it will spill over into everyday things. Gratitude is outwardly displayed as kindness. You might find you won’t yell at the driver who just cut you off. You won’t mumble frustrations under your breath when your boss/co-worker leaves the room. You might even have the best day you can recall in recent memory.  Seriously, you should give it a try!

I have a another challenge for you today (more than just centering on thankfulness and reflecting it to those around you). Think of someone who has done something nice for you in the last month. Bought you a gift, listened to you vent, sent you a text to let you know they were thinking of you. This something nice doesn’t have to be big! The smallest act of kindness will do.

Now, take the time to write that person a quick thank you card. Just 2-3 sentences; nothing time consuming or flashy. Pop it in the mailbox. TA-DA! You’ve just returned the kindness and probably made their day. Did you know it was that easy to change the course of someone’s day? A card, a smile, a helping hand. If we all keep focused on kindness and gratitude, I think the world could change in an instant. Unfortunately, we often forget. Especially when our to-do list is full, our pockets are empty, and time is limited. I get why this time of year is stressful for so many, but can we just take a moment to reflect on the reason for the season? At the end of the day, that is all that truly matters. Not the lights on your house, or how many presents are under your tree.

Think about it. Maybe even try it. You might just like it. 🙂

So, what does your day look like? Are you re-learning to say please and thank you? Are you going to put the effort into opening the door up for the person behind you? How about practicing patience with the check out clerk who has no idea what kind of hurry your in? Possibly buying lunch for that person who looks like they need a reminder of what Christmas is all about? Maybe today your starting small. Maybe you’re working on bigger acts of gratitude and kindness. No matter where you are on the spectrum we can all strive to do better. Make a point to do better today. That’s all.

I’d love for you to come back tonight and let us know how your day went. Did you do an act of kindness for someone else, have a change of perspective, or just a new found attitude? How is thankfulness and kindness changing your world? As a matter of fact, if you come back and share about your day, I’ll give you ANOTHER entry into the giveaway. Why not?

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Today’s Giveaway Prize

Today, 8 lucky winners will win a pack of 8 thank you cards like the ones pictured above! I hope these will help you to get into the habit of thankfulness. Use them to write small notes of gratitude to those you are thankful for. Use them often!
I have a STOCKPILE of thank you cards. I just can’t help buying cute ones when I seem them. I’m slowly eating away at them, but even I can do better. Lets encourage one another to be more thankful today.

To enter today’s giveaway, you must comment on this post.
Get an additional entry for sharing this post & letting me know you did.
(Yes, I’ll be checking.)

You have until 8am tomorrow to get your entry in!
(The post for the 7th day ’til Christmas will be up at that time.)

All winners will be notified within 48 hours of contest end. Prizes will not be mailed until AFTER Christmas, to help lighten the Christmas load of our post carriers.

Good luck, and I hope you win!

Ashley

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Ashley • December 17, 2014


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  1. Marilyn Morris December 17, 2014 - 9:08 am Reply

    Great post, so happy to see you encouraging others to remember how important words can be.

  2. Lisa Giamportone December 17, 2014 - 11:38 am Reply

    Great subject to talk about! We all do get caught up in life sometimes most of us do try but at times we just get lost in the shuffle. Great read Ash!

  3. valerie December 17, 2014 - 11:59 am Reply

    Again you find a simple and wonderful way to inspire. I find people are sometimes so surprised when I say “thank you or give a smile”
    When it should be a day to day thing we all do.
    Great thoughts Ashley. Much Love Aunt Val

  4. Megan Winnie December 17, 2014 - 9:50 pm Reply

    You are very right. Working in retail this time of year is very trying and a simple gesture can go along way! Thank you for reminding us all the value of a simple gesture.

  5. Lisa Giamportone December 17, 2014 - 10:20 pm Reply

    I went to the post office today, yes I know it was incredibly busy as I am sure you know! I knew the clerk well but had not seen her in some time as we had moved and did not frequent this post office very often anymore. Stressed she was beyond belief I let her vent and get some of her frustrations out! Sometimes just a shoulder to cry on or a ear to listen makes all the difference she was in good spirits when I left no so much the customers waiting but she really needed someone to just listen at that moment and I was glad I was at the right place at the right time!

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