You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
For the past three years as a most heartfelt thanks to readers of ‘The Realm of Baa’, I’ve held a simple contest and given away a gift card. It was the very least I could do in an expression of appreciation for y’all humoring me and my writing endeavors. And as always, I thank y’all so much. It’s such an incredible feeling to get a message from someone telling me that a blog touched them in a special way.
BECAUSE THAT TOUCHES ME BACK.
This year, however, I’m going to do something completely different. Well. Not completely. Let’s leave it at ‘kinda’ different. I wish I could take credit for this clever idea, but I actually heard about it today on the radio. And because it stuck with me all day, I’m going to take it as a sign upon which I am compelled to act.
ARE YOU SITTING ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEATS?
This year, beginning on Saturday and for the next 14 days I’m going to do an anonymous ‘good deed’ for someone. This will be my own personal Pay It Forward event for the next two weeks. Y’all gave me warm fuzzies this year.
I WANNA GIVE SOMEONE WARM FUZZIES TOO.
I’ve decided I’m going to begin the adventure at the office with one of my co-workers. The guy I have in mind has a habit of hanging up on me. Regularly.
In his defense, it’s a tough, fast-paced business and we all get more than a little stressed each and every day. I’d imagine severing our connection is his way of eliminating an annoyance (i.e. me). I told him the other day that I’ve never been hung up more in my life before working here.
AND THEN HE HUNG UP ON ME.
Okay, I’m kidding. He actually waited a full two days after that conversation before he hung up on me again.
Knowing we all have so much goodness in our life, I challenge y’all to Pay It Forward this season. The premise is that it doesn’t have to be anything ‘big’, just a simple kindness to someone who crosses your path on that particular day.
Give a homeless person a few dollars. Clean the snow off someone’s car. Fill up your husband/wife’s gas tank. Bring back a scone for a co-worker when you go out to lunch. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Although I must interject the last time I did that a few months ago, the cashier said, ‘Ma’am, his bill is $10.42.’
WHAT?! DID HE BUY YOU COMPLETELY OUT OF DONUTS?! FOR PETE’S SAKE.
But. I turned over my Tim Horton’s reloadable card and thanked the good Lord I had an extra $10.42. Because not everyone does.
I’d keep you posted on how my adventure turns out, however, it’s going to be anonymous.
I wish y’all a most blessed Christmas.