May 23, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

First off, thanks for all your feedback yesterday.  I really appreciate your input.

Last week's challenge was to pick someone and do something kind for them each day.  I picked my husband.  Nothing I did for him was huge, but I tried to do little things and think about him more.  (i.e. letting him nap on Sunday, buying a favorite treat, etc.)  It was fun and I think he might have been doing the challenge himself because he's been extra kind and helpful this week.  It's incredible the difference that little acts of kindness can make in a relationship.

This week's challenge is to learn the names of three people and use them in the conversation.  We did this one last year and it was fun.  I think it's really easy to say, "Oh, I'm not good with names."  Frankly, I think few people are really good with names unless they make a concerted effort to be.  Learning names shows we care.  Who doesn't enjoy hearing their own name?  You could learn a new neighbor's name or even the kids in the neighborhood.  

When we did this challenge last time I shared this story that I found.  I thought it was worth sharing again.

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. - Joann C. Jones

 So, did anyone pick someone and do a kind act for them each day?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for reading.


  1. I've been rockin' on this challenge for the last few months. My director when on maternity leave, so that left me (the part time secretary and part time tutor) in charge in the lab with 1 other person who just got hired on from part time to full time. She's a mom of 2 (one really tiny) and a wife and has to take graduate classes to keep her full time position. She also teaches here and tutors in our lab. I've been trying to keep the front desk staffed all day so that she can stay in the back working on her stuff. It's nothing big, and it doesn't look like much, but I'm trying to run interference for her so that she can focus on her stuff. It's been kinda hard on me to be "on" all the time, but I hope that it has let her get herself in order. We'll both be glad when the "real" boss comes back. We've been fielding questions WAY out of our depth. hahaha Thanks for your challenges.

  2. This past week's challenge was so much fun! I picked my husband too and focused on small things that bless him. Making sure the laundry was caught up, letting him sleep in on Saturday morning, buying a few extra snacks at the store just for him. It made for a fun week and I think I'm just going to keep rolling with it! So excited about this week's challenge. We recently moved so this will be good for me to make an effort in this area. Starting with the people on our street! Have a happy Wednesday!

  3. Thanks for the challenge. I did not do last weeks. I should excuses. I am up to do this weeks in memory of my Dad. Your post has brought back memories to me of how my Father loved people. He carried little notebooks around in his pocket and anytime he met someone, he would write their name in it and something about them to help him remember. He would also pray for all those names. He loved all people and was truly concerned about them in every way. He was especially concerned that they knew Jesus. Many times people looked down on my dad because he wasn't interested in success as we see it. He cared about people. I am going to try to be more like my dad this week. Thanks for the challenges.

  4. Your prompts are just awesome. I wanted to let you know that I am going to use them with a group of my students that are in our PALS leadership class in high school. We teach them to be mentors and leaders, and they are required to have service hours each grading period. I think that this is awesome for them to try, and that they could get just as much out of it as the person that they do something for. We also mentor the little ones at the elementary school, and they could challenge them to try the same things but on a younger level. Thanks so much for posting these. I read them all the time and I just love them!

  5. What a great idea! I haven't been on here in so long, so I'm way behind, but I'm so excited about this! I hope it's ok if I link to you on my blog. I only have a few followers, but I know they'd love this challenge! Thanks so much!

  6. thank you for your awesome blog! You continually keep me on track and when I do your Wake up Wed. everyone around me wins! You rock! super hugs to you! :) Michelle W from

  7. I love this challenge. My youngest son has helped me in this area, when we grocery shop he asks every bagger what their name is and then introduces himself. I've started making note of their names as well so I can address them and let him know which friend is helping us today :)

  8. Wow, I just love your blog! You are awesome and so inspirational. Thanks for your thoughts, this has some great insights. I am TERRIBLE with names.

  9. This week I did kind things for my daughter. My son has a long list of special needs, so he requires a lot of attention. Even though she is younger my daughter is very helpful with him, and very patient with me. She gets put on the back burner more often than she probably should just because most of her needs aren't as immediate as my son's. She is so great about it and never complains, but I think every once in a while she deserves a little something extra. This week I bought her special little treats, I made her favorite foods for dinner, I wrote her a thank you note, I got a babysitter for her brother and took her out on our own little girls night. It was so great to see how excited it made her. I know that she knows I appreciate her, but to have me actually do special things to show her seemed to make a big difference to her. Thanks for this challenge. It gave me a push to do something I should have done much sooner, and gave me a great experience that will hopefully remind me to continue doing it.
    Now off to learn some names...

  10. I really appreciate that you spelled input correctly. For me , it's the little things. Sigh. Bless you!


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