I love how a good mood or sweet spirit is every bit as contagious as the stomach virus that struck my best friend's husband this Saturday (and prevented a prolonged visit and play date with my nieces; I had to settle for dropping off cupcakes and a CD). I like to think that random acts of kindness, compliments, and the like are contagious, and this music video reminded me of how love and happiness can spread. Kathryn posted it on her blog a long time ago, and I ran across it again today and wanted to share.
I especially love how the smallest things can make me smile all day; in high school, a cafeteria menu that included tacos or barbecue made my day (these were the only two things I would risk eating). My friend M discovered I'd never had a pomengrante, so he delivered one to my office with a clever note on a narrow strip of paper wrapped around it. That simple act slapped a smile across my face for the rest of the day. Hearing my niece Alaina say something that is incredibly thoughtful and sweet makes me happy too. Or the colorist telling me that my niece Lauren and I look so much alike. And while I do my ocassional kind acts, I should do a lot more. It's so easy. So I'm challenging myself this week to do something intentional and kind every day this week--more than complimenting others and being appreciative; I want to do acts that take a little bit more time and thought than that. And in reality, it's a selfish undertaking because being kind is something that we makes us feel all warm and fuzzy too.
Speaking of warm and fuzzy, it was so hard to come back after a weekend with my nieces. We
painted pottery yesterday with their mom and just generally had a lovely time. I'll have to go back soon to see our finished products.