Self care is about more than just taking care of “self.” It’s about serving others. We were designed to be kind, to relate, to connect with other humans. Serving others helps us find our own happiness – our purpose. I’ve started a new #bekind adventure – join me, let’s fill our cups by showing others compassion!
Have you ever given thought to why we’re here? What’s your purpose?
I’m sure you’ve all seen the popular quotes about serving others and how the happiest people are the ones who lose themselves in the service of others? Well, it’s true.
It’s Not All About You
One thing I’m sure of is that I believe we were designed to be kind. When’s the last time you helped someone out for no reason? When’s the last time you inspired someone else just to make their day a little brighter? When’s the last time you swallowed your own pride and make an exception for someone else because they needed it more than you?
I get it. Being kind and doing for others isn’t always easy. The last thing you’re thinking of when you’re feeling down, unhappy, or having a bad day is to try and make someone else’s day – am I right?
As I’ve been moving along through this self care journey, of course, I’m always thinking of new ways and things to do to add to my self care routine. One day I thought to myself, you know, I love writing and it definitely is a BIG self care favorite of mine so how can I use it to help others (besides blogging)?
Turn That Frown Upside Down
How can I turn someone else’s day around?
Because honestly let’s face it – there’s only so much I can take of myself – I’m just not wired that way. None of us are. It’s a practice. We have to learn to tap into that part of our make-up, our wiring, our design.
After further research and thought I figured it out. I got it! I have an idea.
I’m going to practice the lost art of writing a letter. Yes! You heard me correctly.
I picked up some notecards, envelopes, and stamps. I dug up the addresses of some of my friends and came up with a plan to write two letters a week!
And, so that I would be consistent and keep it going I took the pressure off myself by committing to writing these little notes of inspiration in spurts – even if it was only a sentence! Naturally, I’d love to write all day but we’ve all got busy lives and mine’s no different. Plus, it only takes a small act, a small effort to show someone you care and to make them smile.
Think about how personal a hand-written letter is. How often do you get a letter in the mail from a friend or loved one?
I’ve been writing letters for about three weeks now and it actually feels really good! It warms my heart, fills my soul, and I can’t wait to write my next one. It’s nice to know I have the ability to send out some kindness into this cruel, dark world. God knows we all need it!
What They’re Saying: The effects of serving others
The joy I get when a friend calls or texts me to say “Thank you. I needed that!” Or, “Thank you. It really put a smile on my face!” These type of responses is enough for me to know I’m headed in the right direction.
The plus side is the empty spaces that are filling up in me knowing I’m helping another. I’m connecting, relating and reaching out.
I’m excited to see what happens and I’m even more excited to hopefully inspire you to begin planning your own #bekind adventure!
What will you do? Maybe you’re already off on your own spreading kindness? Tell me – I want to know. Comment below!