“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao Tzu
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
~ Robert Fulghum
Hello Lovelies! Welcome to Week Three of our six week Kindness Challenge.
To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiaries of our acts of kindness for Week Three are our Loved Ones.
Loved ones are those souls who are closest to us. It could be our partner, our children, our parents, our pet, a best friend, a brother or a sister. It’s the family we were born into, or the family we make for ourselves.
Sometimes we get so busy, or time slips by, and we take our loved ones for granted, or fail to show them just how much they mean to us. This week lets us address some of that imbalance.
Naturally, if you choose to do this activity more than once, or to work on one each day that’s absolutely fine. In fact, it’s marvelous. :)
Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!
- Make a phone call or a skype call to a family member who lives too far away for you to visit easily. Let them know you’re thinking of them, and send them all your love.
- Send a card to a dear friend. One they can find in their letterbox. Just because!
- Visit an elderly loved one. Spend time talking together. Everyone appreciates a visit.
- Do someone else’s chores for them.
- Make your loved one a cold drink, or their favourite hot one, and take it to them for them to enjoy. Maybe include a tasty treat too. :)
- Knit, sew or craft something as a surprise present for someone you love!
- Leave a loving and encouraging note in a loved one’s lunchbox or diary.
- Wrap your loved one in a big hug, and whisper in their ear how much you love them.
- Make a favourite food from your childhood (or their childhood) to share with a loved one.
- Offer a back rub, foot rub or manicure.
- Say sorry for that thing you did. Mean it. If you can’t say it to their face then write it in a letter. Let there be space again for healing and love.
- Forgive a loved one for that thing they did. Let them know they are forgiven.
- Acknowledge the struggle of a loved one. Sometimes the best kind of support is actually not being invisible to the ones we love.
- Recognise and praise the efforts of a loved one who is making changes in their life.
- Pass on a book/movie/music that you’ve enjoyed.
- Read a bedtime story to your child, or anyone else you love who might enjoy one!
- Organise a get-together for no special reason.
- Tell a loved one how much they mean to you, and why they are important in your life. If you can’t do it in person, write it in a letter.
- Send a newsy letter or email with some photos to someone who loves you but who doesn’t get to see you very much.
- Play. With your children, your pets, your lover, your friends. Playing is good for all of us.
- Give a loved one the gift of your undivided attention.
- Let a loved one sleep in, while you take charge. Better yet, stay in bed together!
- Meet a loved one for a picnic lunch, or a simple picnic dinner. What matters is that you spend time together, making new happy memories.
- Do something together that you used to do when you first met or knew each other.
- Leave a meaningful treat and a loving note for that person you love. It could be a bunch of flowers, a chocolate, a batch of homemade brownies, a warm pair of socks or a book from a much-loved author.
Kindness is all about spreading the love around. Thanks for being part of the magic. Bless xoxo