We met earlier this week and began our advent study. We are using a book called The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas by Beth Richardson. The focus of our study was HOPE. Over the next weeks we will also talk about peace, joy, and love. These four - hope, peace, joy, and love - are the traditional tenants of the Christian Advent wreath.
As we discussed hope - finding hope; who needs hope; and how we can share hope - the women in the group, all mothers, expressed an interest in helping their families to not get so caught up in the craziness and commercialism that often overcomes us during this time of the year. We all wanted to find ways to help our families and others around us get back to the true meaning of the season.
The thing is, we are all so busy, we often talk about doing this or doing that, but then it never happens. Admittedly, I'm as guilty of it as the next person. Try as we may to avoid it, we still get overwhelmed by the shopping, partying, feasting, and celebrating. We are bombarded with ideas for helping others, but we simply cannot do it all. Therefore, it becomes another thing on our already unachievable list and, eventually, falls off the radar.
So, here's what I'm going to do. I am going to choose ONE thing and commit to doing it. I'm going to choose ONE thing that will fit my family's schedule; ONE thing that will not stress me out; ONE thing that will be meaningful to my kids; ONE thing that will be meaningful to me; ONE thing that will spread hope, peace, joy and love. And, then, we're going to DO IT!!
Will you join me????
I sending you away today with a mission. I want you and your family to to ONE thing.
EVERYONE can participate. It doesn't matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, some other holiday, or nothing at all. Hanukkah is about celebrating a miracle and Kwanzaa is about community. If you are not religious in anyway, I'm sure you could still use a little extra happiness, right?? The point of this "exercise" is all of those things - giving someone a little miracle; fostering a sense of community; being happy and sharing happiness; spreading hope, peace, joy, and love. I will venture to guess that everyone who does even ONE simple thing will not only fill someone else with joy, but will be filled with joy themselves as well. And if my family does ONE thing, then your family does ONE more thing, and another family does even ONE more thing, and so on and so forth - it will add up to LOTS OF THINGS. If you don't have a lot of change to spare, then do something that doesn't cost any money. If you don't have a lot of time to spare, do something that won't take long. Whatever will work for you - just do ONE thing!
I know this idea isn't anything new and it's been done before. In my opinion, though, there can never be too much kindness, or joy, or love, or happiness. So I ask again. . . .
Will you join me????
Here's how it will work:
- For today's Tuesday Ten, I am giving you a list of ten simple acts of kindness you could do to spread some hope and joy. You are not limited to these ideas. If none of these strike your fancy, be creative and choose your own activity! (I'm going to share more tomorrow and I would love for you to share your ideas in a comment below, too!)
- Commit to ONE activity and do it between now and Dec. 17. Take pictures if you can and document what you do. Talk with your family about why you are doing it and how it made everyone feel - the doers and the recipients.
- Share this post!! Get others involved by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. The more the merrier!!! If you are a blogger, feel free to write your own post and get your readers involved too!! (You can add the button below to your post.) Tweet it with #justdoONEthing. My goal is to have at least 50 people link up or share in comments on Dec. 18. That's pretty ambitious for my little blog, so I need your help!
- On December 18, come back here and SHARE! If you are a blogger, do a post and link it up. If you are not a blogger, you can come leave a comment about what you did. If you are not comfortable with either of those, email me or share with me on Facebook and I will share some of your stories in my blog post on the 18th.
Will you join me???? It's just ONE thing, but a lot of little ones can make a big difference!