It’s Lent time. All the Catholics in the room start talking about what they gave up and can’t wait for Easter morning. I remember one year I gave up chocolate and made myself sick on Easter morning. I thought to myself, how is giving something else benefiting others? How is giving something like chocolate up going to change and help others? True that it will make me a better person and teach me about sacrifice. But what about others? Isn’t that what a true Catholic is about? Doing for others. Putting others before yourself.
So I decided to do something a little different this year. I decided that each day I was going to go out of my way with an act of kindness. I started to document it. I did such things as following up with old friends, sending cards, surprising people with a lunch, treat, bottle of wine, etc. As the weeks of Lent go on, I find it easier and easier to go out of my way. One day, I paid for the guys order before me in the drive thru at a coffee shop. Time slips by us and we forget to call our friends, check in with our loved ones and take time for people. Life gets so hectic and busy, we forget what life is all about. Love & showing our love. I absolutely love doing for others, but it’s great to think about it first thing in the beginning of the day. I wake up thinking how can I change someone’s day or how can I do something kind for someone else?
This 40 days and 40 Acts of Kindness truly make be rethink my life. In all honesty, it changed my life a tad. I do feel I am a giving person, but this made me realize that I should never put myself first. I should always be doing for the people I love and care about. It made me realize that those small gestures and small acts of kindness are what life is ultimately about. I will continue to live my life (even after Lent), waking up and asking myself what I can do for someone else?