I’ve had this thought strolling through my head for about a week now and it just won’t go away. Generally, when this occurs, it means that I need to do something with it. Most often I just write about it, but I feel like there is something more to this. It feels like I need to do something, start something, or ask people for something…
The phrase that won’t go away is “Everyday Heroes”. So, today, I did what I always do, I got on to the internet. There were 483,000 hits for that phrase – including the song, the lyrics, comics and even a play. There were places to put your nominations for your heroes, and news sites, videos on YouTube, and pictures portraying everyday heroes. However, there was one website that made me stop. I really wanted to spend some time there. The website is http://charityfocus.org and it is devoted to sharing kindness throughout the world. You can subscribe for free to a daily good news email and a variety of other activities – for free. On this website, you will find many ideas and suggestions for spreading kindness throughout our community.
I am thankful for the individuals who serve us – our police, firefighters, paramedics – they all do wonderful heroic things every day. Relatively few of us will ever have the opportunity to take on a situation that will require the actions that fulfill that definition of a hero. On the other hand, we all have the opportunity to be an everyday hero.
As we grow older, we often are pulled “to make a difference” in this world. I wonder what would happened if each one of us made an effort to be an everyday hero – in a very simple fashion. What if we made the effort to say thank you, to do something kind, or just to smile? What a difference that would make!
I have two requests: 1) Every day for a week do just one act of kindness – random or not. If it feels good to you, continue. 2) If you are interested, I would love to receive your everyday hero stories. Send them to me via e-mail and I will write about them on my blog and let the world know about the wonderful people who ask nothing, but give everything – often with just a hug.
Favorite Ideas for Kindness Acts (from Charity Focus: Helping Others)
- Next time you cross the toll booth, pay toll for the person behind you.
- Drop off a plant, flowers or apple pie at the police department.
- Write notes or bring flowers or goodies to your past teachers.
- Take flowers to a hospital ward and leave them for someone who hasn’t had any visitors.
- Write a thank-you note to a person from your past that has made a difference in your life.
- Surprise your neighbor by mowing their lawn.
- Bring home-cooked meals, blankets, a bathroom kit and/or socks to a homeless person in your local community.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master. Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. She is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her websites are http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where you can find her blogs about business and career, http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion, and http://www.georgiafeiste.com where you can catch her thoughts on a wide variety of topics. Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.