The gift of time

Have you ever wished for one more day?

One more day in the weekend to get in a little relaxation time?  One more day of vacation because you were having so much fun?  One more day to complete some of your extra tasks?  One more day to spend just having fun and snuggling?

Suppose, just suppose you were given one more day.  What would you do with it?  Would you go sky-divin’ or rocky mountain climbin’?  Would you catch up on your laundry or paperwork, get your oil changed, or cut the grass?  Or would you spend it doing what you really would love to be doing on all of your days?

Guess what?  This year, you get an extra day!  Why don’t people make a bigger deal out of it?  You get extra time!  How do you want to spend it?  Savor it?

gift for the mail manHere’s just one little idea:

If you’ve been practicing the art of thriftiness, you may find yourself with a little extra money.  A little extra money to save, a little extra money to set aside for the future, a little extra money to give.

Why not make February 29th a day where you are intentional about sharing your savings with others?  A day where you invite children to be part of the act.  Plan with the kids in your life to use a little bit of the giving money you’ve put aside to give kindness to others.  Following the lead of blogs such as MOMumental Savings and What a Ride!, wouldn’t this be a fun way to spend an extra day.

It is appropriate to insert a disclaimer that you should practice acts of kindness every day.  You don’t want to be a person who just does this once every 4 years.  There are many people whose natural reflexes are to practice kindness and generosity every day.

bear eating cookiesThat said, wouldn’t it be fun to have a whole day, or a whole life, purposefully devoted to it?

Here are some ideas:

  • Leave a treat for the mail carrier to find.
  • Send a gift card to your teacher to restock supplies for the class or buy a special treat.
  • Take someone out to lunch– someone who least expects it.
  • Pay for the person behind you in line or at the toll booth.
  • Take bagels to the firehouse.
  • Hide a few dollar bills in the toy aisle at the dollar store.
  • Leave change in a vending machine.
  • Make a charitable contribution in someone’s honor.
  • Get a meal for a homeless person or give them a care package.
  • Drop off some food or supplies at the animal shelter.
  • Anonymously send flowers or visit someone who rarely receives guests at a hospital or nursing home.
  • Make your family’s favorite breakfast or dinner.
  • Write a letter to someone.

For more ideas, visit these sites: Random Acts of Kindness and Life Vest Inside.  Be sure to check out the video on Life Vest Inside’s homepage.

And here’s a little printable kindness card to help you along the way.  It may not be appropriate to use in every instance, but in some situations it can be fun.  The PDF in the link contains 8 small cards you can cut out, but feel free to save the image below and size it however you wish.kindness cardSometimes money doesn’t have anything to do with being kind.  But if you are thrifty with your money, you will have more ways to be kind, and more time to go the extra mile.  You have more to share.  It is easier to be kind, easier to be the way we want to be.  Be intentional about being thrifty and be intentional about being kind, and if you must do a load of laundry on February 29th, so be it.

bear with balloons

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