Be The Good

by Destri on December 17, 2012

Hello friends, we made it through the weekend.  I was so grateful to have two little ones who are unaware of the pain our country is feeling – such a wonderful distraction.  They still have that sparkle in their eye, and a contagious excitement for the upcoming Christmas celebration.

I found myself turning off the TV, staying off the internet, and just trying to remember there is still so much good in this world. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that-and really the only way to be certain, is to make sure you are a part if it.  An active part.

So that’s what my family and I are going to do this week – find ways of doing good in the world.  Really I can think of no better therapy. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

We have a few bags of cat and dog food to take the local animal shelter.  Hot cocoa ready to make for the mail man and UPS guy that will be showing up, complete with to-go cups I got at Starbucks.  I’ve hit the atm so I am finally prepared when we come a across a ringing bell and red bucket.

The kids are going through their toys, and I their clothes to take to the women’s shelter.  I’ve got a call into our church for any single mothers that might need a gift, as they are sometimes overlooked.

We’ll do a little shopping for gifts, then drop them in the toys for tots box at the front of the store. Perhaps we’ll have pizza for dinner and give the delivery guy a generous Christmas tip.

Those are just a few of my ideas, but I’d love if you would share yours.  Then maybe we can all join in a day of doing good.

Oh,and a friend shared this video on Facebook sometime ago and it made my day. It shows different moments of overall goodness that surveillance camera’s have caught throughout the world. Thought it might give you a little pick-me-up :).

p.s. the necklace above is from Live Charmed – it would make the perfect last minute Christmas gift, yes?

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Tiffany December 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

Oh man, thanks for that video. I am going to share it on fb and my blog today too, who can’t use that sunshine.

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Destri December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

I know, right?

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Shasta December 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Last year I went to Kmart and payed off a few layaways…most of them have less than 100.00 owing on them. I only looked for groups that had been paid on faithfully and were obviously for little kids. Even if the family didn’t truly need the help, maybe they passed it on??? I’ll be heading out to Kmart again this week, it was really really fun :o)

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Davina December 18, 2012 at 1:01 am

Shasta, what a wonderful surprise for someone! I love it!

And Destri, beautiful post.

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Kate December 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Lovely sentiments Destri. I don’t think there is a parent in the world who, when hearing the Sandy Nook news didn’t hug their children closer with a tear in their eye. I too just had to turn off all news. Selfish, but I needed to nurture my boys just that little bit more….even if they were refusing to eat the dinner I had made, get in the bath, or toy their toys….

As for the good in the world. Our little town thrives off taking niceness just that little bit further. I have had my coffee paid for by the car in front of me in the Starbucks drive through on more than once occasion… so I paid for the person behind me!

My hairdressers works closely with a women’s shelter. They accept any hair/body product… new or half used.. or used once and forgotten, to give to those ladies who have just had to ‘get out and away’. The feeling of a nice shampoo or body lotion or hand cream is just that little bit more of the ‘feminine’ feelin’ good!

We have our food bank which always needs topping up.
The Humane society for cats and dogs (where my youngest son and I are off to tomorrow to give blankies, toys and bowls).

But you know what, some of the simplest things are free: Hold the door open for someone, smile, pay a genuine compliment to a stranger. They may look at you in a funny way, but when they get home they will remember your comment, and may even pay it forward themselves!

Being in snowy Canada we have signs dotted around asking you to be a ‘snow angel’ and shovel someone else’s drive….

…..that’s all from me…..have a beautiful Christmas.
Smiles
K8

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