I love the holiday season. This is my favorite time of year.
Yesterday while waiting in line at the post office a mother came in with her toddler and 5 week old infant. She was trying to squeeze in one last errand before heading home for naps and feedings. She was tired, holding herself together well, but experienced Moms know that she was stressed and ready for a break. So I gave one to her. I let her cut in line in front of me.
It hasn’t been all that long since I was exhausted to the bone with two small children, sleep deprived, and being pulled in all directions. To her, I was an angel (her words, not mine). To others, I was beyond kind. To me, I was selfish. I thought of someone else and it made me feel better.
That random act of kindness is making me feel good today, too, so I decided to have a Christmas Challenge. Every day for the month of December, I’m going to do something nice for a stranger. And yes, I realize we should do that year round, but this occurred to me yesterday and I’ve gotta start somewhere. Buy someone a cup of coffee. Let a person that needs extra help get in front of you. Let the grocery store bagger help the mother with kids to her car instead of yours. You get the idea.
In addition to making myself feel good, I think this will set a good example for my kids. I hope so. I want them to grow up to be kind and generous people, and the best way to do that is to learn it from me.
Happy Holidays, people! Now go do something nice for a stranger. It’ll make your day, their day, and will inspire others.