William Wordsworth said, “The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
When our family put together our family purpose, we discussed our values, passions, and talents. My wife and I both felt a strong desire to put a priority on serving others, to reach out, to help, and to uplift. We added to our purpose statement a motto: Serve God, Serve Each Other, Serve Others. To reinforce this motto, every night before we go to bed, we each share how we helped or served somebody that day. Our four-year-old daughter Andie loves this part, and thinks about it during the day – always making note of opportunities to serve.
As we enter the Holiday season we are entering my favorite time of year because of people’s disposition to do good, show love and be kind. My wife came up with a great idea to reinforce our holiday spirit and our family motto this year that I wanted to share with you.
Last night we made a December Do Good Box and we put 31 little acts of kindness into the box. These small pieces of paper say things like: Give someone a hug, make someone a treat, tell someone you love them, give a gift, etc…
Every day of December we will choose an act of kindness out of our December Do Good Box in the morning and then all of us will perform that act of kindness throughout the day and report on it together at night.
Feel free to use this idea or any other you have to experience the power of kindness this month.
This simple idea is our way of implementing the holiday spirit into our lives so that we can give the gift of kindness to those we love.
Can you think of any better gift to give?