Some people are naturally kind. For the rest of us it requires some intentionality. Here are five simple ways to be kind today:
1. Thank someone from long ago.
There are some key people that made a difference in your life long ago that you are no longer connected to. Find them (it’s easy now) and simply thank them. In 2014 we are celebrating 20 years of helping people around the world. Without a doubt, it could not have happened without others doing something memorable for us along the way.
| Did you know our very first tractor-trailer was donated to us?
2. create a homeless Care kit.
About a year ago I got tired of not having a simple way to help homeless people I often saw on the side of the road. So I decided to put together a ziploc bag full of items that could be ready in my car. Each gallon ziploc bag contains:
- 2 bottles of water
- 2 granola bars
- $5 Fast-food gift card
- Travel toothbrush & paste
- Hand warmers (in Winter)
It’s a simple, effective, no-excuse way to be kind to someone facing hard times.
3. Drive-thru difference.
Perhaps you’ve heard of it, but have you done it? A Springfield, Mo., radio station and partner to Convoy of Hope, 88.3 the Wind, encourages people to simply buy the meal for the car behind them in the drive-thru. Try it, you never know when it will be a difference maker for the person behind you.
4. Donate your stuff.
Chances are you have too much stuff. I do. See what you can give away. Inclined to sell that $20 old lamp? Donate it instead.
5. Change your routine.
I tend to not do what I don’t schedule time to do. Make helping in your community a regular scheduled activity. Plan for the extra time it might take you to swing by and pick up coffee for a co-worker.
| Live near our global headquarters? Volunteer at our weekly Hands of Hope night.
Kindness changes everything.