So were you nice to someone today?

Without any other fluff, here’s this week’s hodgepodge!

1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one day after National Do Something for a Grouch Day (February 16) which somehow feels related. Perhaps the 16th inspired the 17th?

Tell about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were the recipient of one. Will you make an effort to perform a random act of kindness on the 17th? Share details if you’re so inclined, and if you have something specific in mind.
I don’t know that I’ll make an effort tomorrow, but it’s a good idea.  The first I thought of was when my car broke down on the side of the road, and a girl stopped and drove me home.  I’ll never forget when she turned to me and said, “Always happy to help a chick in need” and her stopping made the difference between me completely losing it or holding it together that day.  So I’ve tried to do the same when seeing people stranded on the side of the road.

2.What’s the most uplifting or encouraging thing you see happening in the world right now? You may have to dig deep for this one.
Tuesday night I had Bible study.  And in the midst of the usual litany of prayer requests, we had a girl say that her sister and sister’s husband were recommitting to their marriage at their own bible study across the country that night, after over a year of estrangement, and having the original pastor that married them perform the ceremony.  Pretty good news!

3. Black olives, black currants, black grapes, black beans, blackberries, Oreos…your favorite food the color of night? Your least favorite on the list?
Any kind of ‘black’ fruit, though lately I have also been on a black rice kick.  Can’t stand black olives though.

4. A while back I read (here) a list of twelve things you should do before you turn 50. They were-

travel when you have the chance, take care of your skin, learn a foreign language, make exercise a habit, leave a toxic situation, stop caring what others think about you, stop worrying, volunteer, spend time with your grandparents, pledge to work less, learn to cook an amazing dish, and seize an opportunity as it arises

What do you think of the list? What would you add or remove and why? If you’re over 50, have you done all 12? If you’re not yet 50, have you done any at all? What’s on the list that you haven’t done, but would like to do?
Pretty comprehensive list.  I travel when I can, try to care for my skin, can ask where the bathroom is in Spanish, etc.  I’m still working on the stop worrying/stop caring what others (i.e. family) thing, though. . . .

5. Besides the classic Christmas flicks, what’s your favorite film where winter plays a part in the setting?
As many movies as I love, I’m drawing a blank on anything goodCool Runnings is cute, ooh and The Cutting Edge is a classic chic flick, but White Christmas is still the best, and since I seem to watch it every year in August, I’m claiming it’s not a Christmas flick and choosing that one!

6.When did you last feel helpless, and what did you do about it?
When I was unemployed.  Miserable.

7. Share a favorite proverb.
Music is what life sounds like.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
You ever just want to burn your house down because you don’t feel like cleaning any more and just want a fresh start?  Yeah, I’m at that point . . . .

5 thoughts on “So were you nice to someone today?

  1. Being jobless does make one feel pretty helpless…I remember that feeling when my husband lost his job several years ago. I have never heard of black rice…interesting.

  2. I don’t know about burning my house down, I wouldn’t want to shovel up all the ash. We hired a housekeeper, and although she doesn’t do as thorough a job as me – it has motivated me a little more.

    I have dreamed of living in a hotel suite though, how nice it would be to have meals served in the restaurant, room service, laundry service, daily housekeeping, and only one $$$ bill.

    Have a good rest of your week.

  3. I had a similar experience when stranded once upon a time. Way back before we had cell phones, and it was scary. So thankful for the kindness of others that evening, and every time I remember the incident I feel grateful again.

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