Hey kind krafters!
With summer coming to a close, I know that I am becoming more and more stressed knowing all of the things I need to do before I head back to university. There are around two weeks for me to finish all of my errands and be completely ready for the first day of classes. Luckily, I love Wolfville and Acadia and can’t wait to head back. But for many people, the end of summer isn’t as exciting and can make people feel pretty gloomy. Because of this, I wanted to share some random acts of kindness that are easy to do for others and yourself!!
(Volunteering at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market)
11. Rake your neighbor’s lawn.
12. Hold the door open for people.
13. Leave extra money on your parking meter.
14. Help a friend when they’re feeling low.
15. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you.
16. Give flowers to a senior’s home.
17. Run a marathon for a good cause.
18. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
19. Plant a tree.
20. Thank your old teacher.
(My amazing Mum and Dad that I constantly annoy with calls throughout the school year)
21. Ask people if they need any help.
22. Bake treats or make coffee/tea for your garbage collectors.
23. Call your family members for a chat.
24. Send a surprise care package.
25. Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts.
26. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
27. Donate blood.
28. Collect canned goods to take to the food bank.
29. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
30. Thank someone for their hard work.
(The perfect flowers from The Flower Shop, Halifax to give an amazing friend/sister like Georgia)
We are constantly reminded by people to be kind to each other, but we all get so busy and bogged down that we often forget to give the extra minute a day to perform an act of kindness. As you can see, being kind doesn’t have to cost money or mean that you have to give something up. Kindness can be spread as easily as helping someone with their grocery bags, to donating thousands of dollars to a cause you feel passionate about. As cliché as this is, you never know what someone is going through. It could be as annoying as spilling your coffee down your new white shirt right before you get to work, or it could be as awful as losing a loved one. Your act of kindness, no matter what size, could help.
Listening is a very important act of kindness. If you listen with your heart, the person speaking will know. Listening is easy and costs nothing so give people your time. Everyone deserves to be heard and treated with respect. I recently saw a quote that says “Some talk to you in their free time. Some free their time to talk to you.”. Be the latter and always treat those around you with the love that you wish to be shown.