Random acts of kindness calendar (part 2)
This is the second half of our January kindness calendar – weeks one and two can be found in the previous blog post.
We were inspired to create this calendar by an “Acts of Kindness” advent calendar for the days of December. However, it can be very easy to remember to be kind at Christmastime, when we’re feeling warm and joyful amid various celebrations and gifts.
The cold months following Christmas and New Year can be much more challenging. We’re encouraged to think about personal goals and intentions, creating new years resolutions that require us to look inward – but we can forget all the warm, fuzzy feelings that led us to give generously to others just one month before.
Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve on another humbly in love.
Being kind – and serving others – takes effort, and is an active choice we make. With this calendar, we hope to give some structured ideas of how we can direct our kindness this month.
If you aren’t able to follow these day by day, don’t worry! Try bookmarking this blog post and coming back to it when you need some inspiration.
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Under current circumstances, there may be more than one person in your life experiencing anxiety. Think of someone in particular who might be struggling and send them a supportive message, Bible verse, or picture.
If you spend time on social media, choose an account you follow and leave the creator an encouraging message.
Start a conversation with someone you work with and try to find out something new about them. (This might need to happen at the beginning or end of a Zoom call…)
Send someone a bunch of flowers to brighten up their day. Order from a local business if possible!
Proverbs 14:21 Blessed is the one who is kind to the needy
Try going a few days without spending money on treats like take away coffee. Use the money you saved to make a donation to a cause you support.
Do you have an older relative or friend who doesn’t like using email and text messages? Take the time to handwrite them a letter or card, letting them know you’re thinking about them.
Take a critical look at how eco-friendly your household is. As we’re spending more time at home, there might be ways to cut down on excess energy that we’ve overlooked. Could you use the heating a little less in certain rooms, or improve your recycling habits?
Organise a group video chat for your family over a cup of tea. Make it special by suggesting that everyone bring (or bake!) their favourite treat.
Send a recommendation to a friend for a book, film or song that you enjoyed, telling them why you think they would like it.
Being kind to yourself is also important! Today, find a small treat for yourself, perhaps cooking your favourite meal, watching a favourite movie, going for a nice walk, or taking a bath.
Proverbs 11:17 Those who are kind benefit themselves.
When’s the last time someone cut you off in traffic, or complained about your work performance? Take a moment to think about how you felt, and make a choice to forgive them.
When is the last time you received exemplary customer service, or had a really great take away meal? Take a few minutes to leave a review – or even contact the business directly if you want to mention a particular employee’s performance.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…
What do you find yourself complaining about most frequently? Over the next few days, every time you find yourself about to complain (either in person or online) about the problem, find something else to talk about that’s positive and encouraging instead.
Find a chore or task in your home that needs completing. Then do it without telling anyone!
Send a message to someone telling them why you appreciate them. Mention something specific about them or something they have done that you admire.
Have a look back through this blog, and the one before it – which of the “acts of kindness” fit most easily into your day? Choose one or two to try and make a regular part of your routine.