Sometimes it feels like no matter what street I drive down, what store I shop in or who I talk to there is evidence of the havoc this economic downturn has created.
I know how difficult it is to get in the studio and create something positive and beautiful when it seems like everything is crashing down around us and I know how much, at times like these, working with affirmations is the last thing on my mind. Unfortunately, these are the times when it is most important to use those affirmations to create a positive wall of energy around ourselves to deflect the negativity that tries to work its way into our soul.
One of the best "get out of yourself" affirmations I know is to perform Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). In the past when we would go out to eat we would look for someone dining alone or someone that just struck us as needing a boost and we would buy their meal anonymously. Of course times have changed and we, like a lot of you, are watching every penny we spend. BUT, RAKs aren't about the money spent they are about what it does to the other person's heart, how it uplifts them and gives them hope. For that to happen no money is required.
Here are some ideas for wonderful cost free and almost cost free random acts of kindness...
- Go to the Dollar Store in your area and purchase a pack of index cards, even recipe cards. Write positive quotes on the cards and carry them with you in your purse, backpack, fanny pack, etc. When you stop for your coffee, your groceries, at the library...leave one of the cards for someone to find.
- Purchase a pack of playing cards and create ATCs with simple art work on the front and a message of hope on the back - if you want to stay anonymous just don't sign. Carry these with you and as in step 1 spread the love where you go.
- You know those annoying papers you sometimes find on your windshield promoting the newest restaurant, etc.? Why not put your notes of encouragement there?
- Know someone that has recently lost a loved one or has had critical diagnosis? Purchase a few cards from the Dollar Store and send them at different intervals. Fill them with words of hope and encouragement. Put a coupon in one that is good for a free ice cream cone or bouquet (no need to purchase just keep your eyes open for coupons and special offers).
- Want to spend a bit of money? Buy a grocery card for a family in need or order a flower bouquet (pay cash so that it is truly anonymous).
- The most anonymous act of kindness I know of is to simply add someone to your prayer list.
What I have found is that when I perform Random Acts of Kindness I feel more gratitude for what I have in my life. Getting out of my own problems allows me to reach out in a way that I can't if I am staying stuck on my issues.
I hope that your Friday is filled with promise, hope and abundant blessings.