Each spring during the 40 days leading up to Easter, my friend Kelli practices Calculated Acts of Kindness and encourages others to do the same. Way back in February, I promised her I would write a post about it, but those 40 days slipped away without me ever sitting down to write the kind of thoughtful post that the subject matter deserves. (That kind of post — “real” writing — takes me hours, as opposed to a few minutes here and there to slap together a silly post about manicures.) But since Easter is tomorrow, and spreading kindness is always worth talking about, I’m here on a Saturday morning with a few words for you. (And coffee. We have to have coffee, right?)
I have to admit, I didn’t manage to send out any gifts or cards to friends, or make cookies for firefighters, or leave quarters at a laundromat, like a good CAOK-er probably would. But one of my goals lately is working on being a more patient person, specifically a more patient parent to my 4 year old. (Kids that age are crazymaking, I tell ya!) I have successes and I have failures, and I’m a work in progress to be sure. This is hard work for me, especially since I’ve always considered myself a fairly patient person. Despite my failures, I am proud of myself for the effort I’ve made. And I know making the effort is making me a better parent.
The other big kindness I’m extending is to myself — people keep asking me if I’m dyeing Easter eggs with Josiah, or if I’ve gotten matching Easter outfits for my boys, or make some suggestion about an Easter craft or recipe they saw on Pinterest, and I usually answer with some wishy-washy version of “Yeah, we’ll probably do that this weekend…” But I’m going to be honest: We’re not dyeing eggs because I forgot to buy the little dye tablets. And I haven’t gotten any new Easter outfits for the kids. At this point, it’s just not happening. But Easter will be juuuuust fine without any of that. We are going to church, then we’ll have Easter lunch at my grandma’s house, hide eggs in her front yard, enjoy some nice spring weather, and I even remembered to buy a chocolate bunny for Josiah.
We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled lighter topics next week. Happy Easter, friends!
What would you tell me if we were having coffee this morning? How are you extending kindness to yourself these days?