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.


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