September 26, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday


Last week's challenge was to change someone's day.  I wrote an encouraging note to someone who impressed me and sent something with it.  

There was also something I meant to do, but didn't.  I was in Target (very surprising, I know) and I saw this lady with her two kids who were pretty wound up.  She was being so patient and trying so hard.  I wanted to tell her she was an awesome mom, but I kind of chickened out.  I think motherhood is so challenging that we all need a lot of support.  So, I want to make good on this for next week.

Next week's challenge is to compliment strangers.  We've done this one before, and it's one of my favorites.  It gets me out of my comfort zone and brings instant joy to the receiver.


Did anyone get to change someone's day?  Let's hear about it.  Thanks for being here.

14 comments:

  1. I have been absent recently - nothing personal, just got a bit too caught up in life stuff to keep up-to-date with my blogs. But I'm back! And I'd forgotten your lovely Wake Up Wednesday feature. I'm definitely in for this weeks challenge! See you next week :)

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  2. I have been writing personal notes to the counselors who helped us at camp this year. They serve for one week as volunteers. I want to let them know how appreciated they are. I am ahead on the stranger thing. We were in a restaurant last night that has a college program. The young man that waited on us had Penn State as his college on his name tag. I told him to hold his head high. Penn State is still a wonderful institution and the students and the college should not bear the brunt of one man's evil deeds. He got a smile on his face and said he has been hassled a lot. You never know the value of a kind word.

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  3. I wrote a note to my grandma. My grandpa passed away in December, and she is living in an assisted living facility. I try to write her and send something every couple weeks, but I'm not the best at it. Thanks for the reminder, I will try to keep doing this for her.

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  4. I complimented a lady on her jewelry yesterday...felt awesome!! I suppose she put on her baubles yesterday morning figuring it was enough that they made her happy. But isn't it just like us to want a compliment? To know that the extra effort isn't for nothing? I hope so. She smiled. I smiled. It was good.

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  5. MY day was changed by my sweet visiting teacher. I was having a rough day and the baby didn't want to nap, the laundry was HEAPING, and the dishes were stinking. Her words "Take a moment every chance you get to soak in these moments of joy your children can bring you." I stopped and held my tired 3 month old babe. I cradled him as he cooed and smiled those sleepy smiles. I read a book (or 5) to my 3 year old. Then I eventually tackled the house work with a renewed sense of self and purpose. I let her know in a letter how much her words meant to me and without her speaking up I would have never had the impression in my mind to stop and focus on what really mattered right then. By doing this I inadverntantly changed her day as she took extra time to hang out with her kiddos after homework instead of rushing off to the next chore on her list.
    Take the time to soak it all up and enjoy what is right in front of you. We have been given gifts, and they are all around us smiling right back.

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  6. I included extra surprises in a package for a blog reader who won my most recent giveaway. I knew she had three kids that would just go over the moon about some leftover lego man party favors :) Sure enough it made their day :)

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  7. I like paying for someone's meal at McDonald's who is behind me in the drive=thru.. Yesterday I paid for a policeman's meal..I always like to tell someone that is behind a counter where I have made a puchased something... "great job".. they always say "Thank You " with a surprised look.

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  8. I have been writting cards to family and friends for almost two full years now. I actually took all of last year and wrote one card to someone every single day. It was in honor of my grandma that had just passed away. So last week I had a very special friend that posted they were struggling with life and I sent them a card letting them know how amazing they are and they are worth so much to me. Just made me smile to send that card.

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  9. The kids and I made a colorful orb garland for a sister at church who is terminally ill and hasN'T been up to coming. We all enjoyed the visit and she loved the garland. Thanks for inspiring me to make it happen!

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  10. I love this challenge Cheri! I think that it is especially important to compliment and support other moms. A quick "you're doing a good job" or "carry on warrior" can really make the difference in a persons day. I am so, so, so grateful when people don't stare while out shopping and my kids are making a scene. Instead I cherish the kind smiles, pat on the back or even "we've been there, this too shall pass" comments.
    xo
    Heather
    http://www.twindragonflydesigns.com/2012/01/keeping-it-real-my-children-are-no.html

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  11. Today after I walked my kindergartner into school, I came back out to the car and made a call to the principal. "you know the two girls you have as crossing guards on Penn st every morning?" I asked. "Yes...?" he answered warily. "I thought you should know that every morning they greet me with "good morning!" and "have a great day today!" when I leave." :-) I could hear the relief in his voice as he thanked me and I know he was pleasantly surprised.

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    1. This is great. All around. And your compliment will get back to those girls and will ensure that they do this for the rest of their lives, I bet. Such a quick, easy, yet thoughtful thing to do, but such BIG implications.

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    2. Love this story. Thanks for sharing!

      Cheri

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  12. Hey there Cheri --- do you have a list of all the challenges....just came across these and would love to participate.
    thanks
    ellen

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