I know we all feel like the world is crazy right now. Lately, I have been finding it hard to see the good in the world around me because it just seems like there are so many terrible things happening, so much chaos all around us. I know I am not alone in this feeling.
And it can be easy to get caught up in this feeling. To think that there is no good in the world and to become cynical and depressed, but I started this blog with the express purpose of trying to combat that feeling in myself.
As I have felt hints of it washing up again, I have thought of the famous quote by Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”
Somedays, now that we’re adults, it can seem hard to find those helpers, and so I have decided that in the month of August, I will make a concerted effort to be a helper by doing a “Kindness Challenge.” For each day of the month, my goal is to do at least one act of kindness. Some of these will be for random people. Some of them will be for people I know well. Some of them will cost little to no money at all. Some will cost more. Some of them will cost me a good amount of time and effort. Some will be quick and easy.
My goal at the end of this challenge, though, is to spread kindness and to “love always” (as you might remember from living by personal mantras post) throughout the people around me and my community. I’m not going to go into depth today about what all I have planned for the month because I want to keep it a surprise. However, each day over on my Instagram page, I will do my best to make a daily update about whatever I’m doing, and each Friday post for the month of August will be an overview of the past weeks acts of kindnesses, with information on how much money was spent, and other relevant details like that. I want to share this with y’all, not for the purpose of presenting myself as a good person or anything like that, but more with the goal and idea of showing you how easy some of these projects are, in the hopes that you might choose to do some of them yourself. I will not be taking any sort of picture that is exploitative of those in need in any way, as that is not the purpose of this challenge at all. Overall, I have budgeted $150 for the entire challenge, and I hope to stick to that as much as possible. However, for some of the smaller challenge days, I may be using materials that I already have on hand, but I plan to be completely open about that on this blog.
I look forward to sharing more about this challenge in the days to come and hope they might inspire you to spread kindness, in your own way, as you are able. You can check out my Instagram page tomorrow for the first act of kindness I’ll be doing!