I always look forward to my summer vacations. Being able to sleep in and stay up late makes me quite content. Having a little sunshine is just as important, too Unfortunately, the heat from the hot Georgia sun can be quite tiring. I will take it though. After all, I recall that our Christmas this past year we rarely saw the sun as much because Georgia had experienced an unprecedented amount of rain during the month of the December. There was flooding throughout the state making the holidays quite miserable for many. It just did not feel like Christmas this past year especially when we spent Christmas Eve and Day shop vacing septic water from the boy’s bathroom for several hours. Despite the crap (literally), I found myself smiling and laughing. Of course, my husband did not find my laughing consoling as he did not see what was so funny as he threw out the dirty water.
While I was frustrated over our dilemma, I could not help but realize just how blessed we really are. After all my family was together this past holiday season, and we were all in good health. When I turned on the news to get the weather updates, I was reminded time and time again just how fortunate we were as I saw the flooding footage throughout Georgia and the southeast. People losing their homes due to tornadoes, holes in roofs, cars destroyed, etc.. All I had was a toilet that was overflowing. While that is unpleasant, it is nothing compared to what others were or are facing. Rebuilding is possible from many of those disasters. For some, there is no rebuilding. Take for instance the tragedy that recently gripped our nation in Orlando. There is no “rebuilding” for many. Innocent lives were taken too soon and their loved ones will forever be changed by this senseless act of someone consumed by hatred.
As I was reflecting on what all has happened to me personally and around me, I find myself thinking about how blessed I am. I realize that I need to be thankful for my life and experiences including shop vacing nasty water from the bathroom. But more importantly, I need to do more. I need to stand up for others and give back.
My blog is a way for me to give back to others, and I take pride in being able to bring things to my readers. I want to engage in something that has a real purpose. I do not want to look back and think I failed in leaving a legacy because right now I feel I have missed the mark in regards to teaching my children what it means to give to others. I believe my family is a little too self-absorbed in this digital age, and I if I want to raise givers then I must lead by example. This is not for any credit or accolades, but for the impact that giving leaves on the giver.
Thankfully there are thousands of ways you can give back, and I know I am not alone in passion to want to give back to others. I have been blessed to learn what it means to be a giver by a very dear friend of mine named Joni who lives this out each day of her life. She is a remarkable woman with a remarkable story. My beautiful friend is very humble and would never want to recognized for what she does. She simply does for others because it brings her such joy and happiness. While she would never want to be recognized in this way, I can’t help but proclaim to others what a blessing she is to me! She is genuine and asks for nothing in return.
Are you like my sweet friend Joni? Do you consciously think of ways in which you can make a positive change and/or difference in someone’s life? Are you leaving virtual footprints in the hearts and minds of those who may feel lost and forgotten? Does blessing others with no expectations of receiving anything back in return make you happy? Joni is someone that does this. What she does not realize is that her generosity and heart is contagious. She makes others want to do good for others.
I want to refocus on kindness and doing good deeds for others. I want to look for ways that I can give back to others whether it be my neighbors or across the ocean. I have no desire for any personal gain or accolades from this either. I just want to do good deeds without letting everyone know what I have done. So how do I do this and still teach others what it means to give back? The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet is the perfect place to start!
Mary Fisher, the designer of the 100 Good Deeds Bracelets, and the face of the movement, believes that “a ‘good deed’ means we’ve gone out of our way to help someone, and only counts if the deed remains anonymous.” These bracelets are not only a fashion statement, but also an everyday reminder to its wearer to do good deeds.
What I love about the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet is that is more than just a phrase; it’s a lifestyle. By wearing this fashionable bracelet around your wrist, you are setting yourself a visual reminder to look for ways to pay it forward. How often do you set goals of paying it forward or doing good for others and forget about it as soon as your day starts? I know that has happened to me MANY times. I set out with the best intentions, but my day goes by so quickly that I have forgotten that intention. I have to be more diligent in my good deeds if I want to make it happen despite my ever-changing and quite busy lifestyle. Not only will I be making an impact locally, but more importantly I will be contributing to a greater cause by wearing this bracelet. Talk about empowerment! The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet not only inspires simple acts of kindness, but also transforms communities by empowering the vulnerable women around the world who craft the bracelets by hand.
So here is my challenge to you, show kindness and pay it forward each day. The first way you can do this is by purchasing a 100 Good Deeds Bracelet from Macys.com for yourself and for that person in your life that leads by example. The very act of purchasing a bracelet is a good deed! By simply buying a bracelet you are helping the many women across the world who handcraft the jewelry to support their families. Bracelets are made by vulnerable women in Africa, Haiti, India, Bali, Indonesia and the United States, many who are HIV+. This project gives the women a way to support their families through their earnings.
100 Good Deed Bracelets for available at Macys.com for $30 each, and they come in a variety of colors. Each bracelet is handmade and will soften with wear. They are made with an adjustable nylon braided cord, and have 100 glass beads in your chosen color.
So just how does the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet work? You wrap it around your wrist three times. Available in petite/small and medium/large, you adjust the length as needed and slide the knot along the cord and closer to the “1GD” charm. Each time you do a good deed, move the ring one bead closer to the “1GD” button.
In a world so full of chaos, destruction, hurt, etc…, we need a movement of kindness! Perhaps you might anonymously pay the rent of a single mom who’s down on her luck, send flowers to a lonely elderly neighbor who rarely receives visitors, purchase a grocery store gift card to give to someone in need, leave clothes, toys, food, etc. on the doorsteps of struggling families in the neighborhood, or pay for the order of the person behind you in line at Starbucks or Chick-fil-A.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Everywhere Agency to talk about Macy’s and The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet, but thoughts and opinions are my own.