Interesting fact: It is said that human beings cannot last three seconds without hope.
When I think of all the times I’ve lost hope, I’m reminded of how dark and isolated I felt and how true that fact really is. And sometimes it seems like our world is saturated in hate and division. At least in my corner of it anyway.
We have a responsibility as followers of Christ to plant seeds of hope. It’s a priceless gift that we should generously offer and another way we’re sharing Jesus with others. One of my absolute favorite ways to plant those seeds is through acts of kindness. After all, kindness fuels hope. Below are some of my favorite ways to plant seeds of hope through kindness!
1. Sticky note affirmations.
I carry around a Sharpie & a stack of Post-It notes with me at all times. Any time I use a public restroom, I write an affirmation on a note and stick it on the mirror to encourage someone else. Sometimes, I leave these notes in other places as long as I’m respecting property.
2. Throwback Thursday.
One Thursday a month, I go “old school” by writing a letter or sending a handwritten card to a loved one telling them why they’re important to me and how thankful I am for them.
3. Put down your phone.
Seriously, this is a big one. Walking into an establishment? Put down your phone. In the company of family, friends, or strangers? Put down your phone. Make eye contact, smile, and engage with others without interruptions.
4. Eye of the tiger.
I attended, graduated, and worked at a Paul Mitchell school. The company had this saying, “Eye of the tiger,” which meant, “If you see something, pick it up.” It's always stuck with me. If you see litter, pick it up. Whether you put it there or not. Let’s respect & care for this amazing planet God gifted and entrusted to us.
5. Elbow grease.
The next time you’re at a loved one's house visiting, do the dishes, take out the trash. Look around & notice something you can do for them without asking, being told, or needing a thank you.
6. Hugs, high fives, and handshakes.
Sometimes someone just needs a hug or a reassuring touch for no reason at all. (Of course we should always respect boundaries).
7. Snow angel.
It’s simple. Dust the snow off of someone else's car. Beyond that of a family member.
8. Others first.
Let someone go in front of you in the checkout line. Yes, even if they have more items than you.
9. Thankless job.
Express gratitude to someone that has a thankless job (parents, custodians, the refs at your child’s sports game, garbage collectors, mail carriers, etc.)
10. Unexpected gift.
I had a friend surprise me at work with coffee & a donut for no reason at all. She made my week and makes me feel special every time I remember it.
A bonus one...if you don't already, leave the quarter in the grocery cart for the next person at Aldi’s y'all. Trust me, you can afford it.
Kindness is alive and it’s contagious! If you don’t see it, be it!
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