March 30, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to apologize quickly.  I was hoping to have a good experience when in public.  When I picked this challenge it was because it bothers me that there seems to be a lack of courtesy in the world at times.  I once overheard a guy complaining that I was blocking the aisle with my cart.  He went on and on until I finally made eye contact with him, letting him know I could hear him.  I hadn't even been blocking the area.  I was kind of shocked at his rudeness.  Anyhow, the point is I've decided to be quick to apologize to strangers even if I don't think it's my fault because I would rather over-apologize than promote blatant rudeness.  I didn't have a life-altering experience this week, but I did think about it a lot.

This week's challenge is to give someone some flowers to plant.  Yes, we're getting pretty specific here.  I don't think it would be too hard to do.  You see flowers in the plastic containers ready to be planted all over right now.  They're usually $1-2.  Wouldn't it be fun if someone dropped some off for you?  Let's spread some spring love.  You could even go the extra mile and plant some for someone.


Alright now.  Did anyone have a good experience with apologizing last week?  We'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading.

18 comments:

  1. I couldn't participate in this one if I wanted to, not if you mean for outside. Spring is definitely here, but around these parts that means it's warm enough to play in the snow again... LOL!
    I bet if I pick out letters from the post I could rearrange them and come up with "make somebody a meal" and that's what I'm going to do instead ;)

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  2. Come up to Canada - we seem to over apologize for EVERYTHING here!! Even a little girl I care for now has picked it up at 18 months!! She hurts herself and says: "Oh sorry"
    Too funny :)

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  3. I agree with Jo -- I didn't really consciously take part in this week's challenge because as a Canadian I already do apologize right away for everything, whether it's my fault or not. If you step on my foot, I'll say sorry!! haha

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  4. just found your blog via a friend...loving it. I a new follower for sure!!

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  5. I apologized a lot this week. We are moving and I am super stressed. I snap a lot and have no patience. So, I'm sorry came out of my mouth quite often. I'm excited for this weeks challenge!

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  6. i have the tendancy when i get mad to hold it in for like 20 minutes then eventually i like it out, my new thing ( thanks to you ) to try is just saying it right away and get over it!! no point in holding on to stupid things!

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  7. Giving flowers is a lovely challange! I live in Canada too, and we do apologize all the time. I once burped and said, "Excuse me," to my dogs!

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  8. Love this challenge...I'm planning on taking some to a dear friend who is helping her husband through treatment for leukemia. (He's doing really well!) She's forever shuttling him to and from the hospital on the ohter end of town. I'm thinking I'll go ahead and plant them for her so she'll come home to some spring color.
    Great idea!

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  9. My three year old walks around like he owns the world, paying no attention to where he walks or who he walks in front of. I apologize all the time to the people he runs into or throws off course.

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  10. I love this... and I already know exactly who I'm going to buy a plant for. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. OO, I love giving people flowers, this will be fun!

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  12. I've been stewing all day about an incident today about people being rude. Seriously, thank you for sharing this challenge. I need to forgive them and move on to bigger and better things.

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  13. I tried the apologizing quickly thing with the hubs (sad that I am admitting I needed to do that, huh?) Maybe this weeks challenge could be "not to get upset when you feel you are always the one to apologize". Just kidding...I did feel better about it. I love this weeks challenge! Spring love for all!

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  14. Well, our two year old calls us out on everything, so there is a bunch of 'I'm sorry's around this household. He usually gets my husbnad for talking with food in his mouth, that's his favorite. He points to his own lips, then his Dad's lips and then Dad has to say, oops sorry, no talking with food in your mouth!! :) And this weeks challenge I have a jump on! I just bought flowers the other day for a project with my son.

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  15. I have need of improvement in this area...not in public, but at home, to my husband. It is actually my renewed goal every week to be kinder, quicker to apologize, and be more overtly loving.

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  16. thanks for the flower challenge. It was the perfect thing for my last minute VTing.

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  17. I too used this challenge to be more aware of how I interact with my husband. I've been really stressed out, so this challenge heled me be more aware of how I need to apologize when I cross the line. Thanks Cheri

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  18. I told my husband about the flower challenge and he loved it and helped me out. We decided to grow herbs for someone instead of a flower. We live in Canada so although it is still cold we have all our seeds by the window straining to see the sun! We decided to hold back from giving it to our friends until we see a little bud growing, we thought it would be more exciting for them that way! Thank you for the inspiration and idea!

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