Yesterday I was reading a story about a young mother who sparked a ‘pay-it-forward’ storm of goodwill, by offering to bake a pie for a family in need once a week, and I was prompted/convicted/encouraged to see where in my life I can make a small change, which could start a small (maybe not quite Tropical Cyclone Dylan size!) storm of heartfelt warm fuzzies
So I scribbled down my ‘pledge of small things’ for twenty-14
- This year I pledge to meet my neighbours
More than just a ‘hi, how you going?’ when checking the mail or taking the rubbish out
- I pledge to make eye contact, smile and use the check-out person’s name when I’m grocery shopping
- I pledge to never use my phone when being served
- I will pick fruit off my trees and take them to the family of 6 down the street (I hear the kids march off to school each morning!)
- I will walk my dog, who loves me with her whole heart, every day
- I will buy a coffee for a stranger at least once a week
- I pledge to reduce, if possible eliminate, the phrase ‘I’m so tired’ from my vernacular.
For me this is totally overused, and often when spoken makes me feel even more tired!
- I will spend more weekends picking up shells and odd rocks from the beaches and creeks and less worrying about the next working week
- I will drive to Coffs and surprise my grandparents with a visit at least once
- I pledge to pick up at least one piece of rubbish a day… and when I go to a beach or national park to take an extra plastic bag and fill it with trash
I will donate plasma or blood as often as I can
- I will choose conversation over television
I pledge to donate all my hardly warn quality work attire to the local job seekers network
- I pledge to be ‘here and now’ more than ‘back there and then’
I will make ‘date night’ a ‘have to’, not a ‘nice to’
- I pledge to write more letters, to catch up with more family, to renew old friendships
To be the person who empties the dishwasher at work…
My pledges are small, but from personal experience, I know that when I’ve had a stranger smile and ask me how my day was, and then listen to my reply – sometimes its made all the difference
Keeping my pledges small, but my reach large is what I want to do this year…
Do you have anything to add to the ‘pledge of small things’?