“Are we being good ancestors?”
Hello Lovelies! Welcome to the sixth and final of our Kindness Challenge.
To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. This week’s challenge is all about leaving a legacy that can benefit others in some way.
I encourage you to explore more than one of the ideas I have listed over time. Not only will these ideas help to leave the world a better place, they will also enrich your life as you are living it. There is a great gift in giving to others; in how we feel about ourselves and regard ourselves. There is also a sense of comfort to be had in being able to shape the future of those around us in positive ways.
Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!
- Write or record the stories of your life, to leave for your children and grandchildren.
- Record or have your grandparents or parents write down the stories from their own lives.
- Plant a tree that you will never live to see fully grown.
- Write down all the family recipes in a book you can give to a younger relative.
- Encourage people. You never know what that encouragement might lead to, or who will be able to thank you later in life for your kind words, or having had faith in them.
- Donate to charity or tithe as part of your daily life. Give money to organisations or individuals whose values you admire or that sit well with your own.
- Join a political party, or other organisation whose aim is to serve others and to shape the world in some way. Join because you care, and want to help change things. Join because you want to be involved, to contribute.
- Write letters to your loved ones, that can be given to them after your passing.
- Love your family and friends well, so that your love lives on in their hearts and memories after you are gone.
- Use your talents and gifts. Do what you can to refine and polish these things within you. Be the best that you can be in your chosen field, hobby or interest.
- Live with passion.
- Strive for excellence in what matters to you. As you lift yourself up, you lift those around you, you set a good example, and you can mentor others.
- Pass your values and skills on to others. Don’t worry if what you share is a life skill. Teaching someone to knit, to cook an egg, or to tie a knot is as valuable as teaching a complex science. There is strength, wisdom and beauty in skills passed down, enriching each generation. And the memories that are made!
- Prepare your will. Put thought into it. Update it as needed.
- Record the names, dates and locations for your old photographs. If you have elderly relatives, offer to do this with them while they still remember.
- Donate information, images and old items to museums or historical associations.
- Organise to donate your organs. You won’t need them if you die, but you could give someone else the most precious of gifts – life!
- If you want to have children, get healthy and be in the best shape you can be before conception. Look after yourself during pregnancy. Don’t drink or smoke. Gift your child a healthy start to life.
- If you are an artist, a writer, a thinker, an inventor, a cook, a creator, a builder. a nutty professor – leave a body of work behind. Books, music, paintings, papers, recipes,philosophy, inventions,constructions, creations.
- Provide emotional support to someone in need.
- Create a family scrapbook or photo album.
- Record the history of artifacts you’re received from others For example, if there is a piece of furniture, jewelry, or an embroidered article write down the history of the piece and how it came to you. Accompany your history with photos and information about how to best care for and use the item.
- Be honest, and live with integrity.
- Don’t give up when you fail. So many of life’s successes came after many, many failures.
- Live from your heart, be brave enough to be vulnerable, love deeply.