“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness…every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” –Scott Adams
It always seems to me that we celebrate the holidays each year to allow ourselves to pause and take stock of what’s really going on around us, to notice those in our life that we genuinely care about and even to look a bit “over our shoulder” to see what it is we’ve recently accomplished that we can feel good about. This requires taking the time to step back a bit to get a better view when time seems to be in even shorter supply as the holidays near. It’s worth it though. Throughout the year we get caught up in what’s happening right under our nose and so forget to view ourselves as a part of a bigger picture. We forget to notice the people around us and what they might have going on in their lives that shapes our interactions with them, sometimes on a daily basis. Simply said, the holidays are a time to realize and remember that “it’s not all about us.”
…and yet it can be! Doing something out of the ordinary feels refreshing and simply amazing! Being the first to give the experience of an unexpected Random Act of Kindness feels good to two people…the recipient and you. Kindness starts with one person…be that person. It doesn’t have to be overt, the recipient doesn’t have to know who “the perpetrator” is…but you will. One small thoughtful gesture can turn the tide and flow of someone’s day. Leave a cup of their favorite morning coffee or a single flower on their desk…small kindnesses somehow mean more than grand gestures. Those small kindnesses leave a trail of warm-and-fuzzy feelings in their wake…hopefully to be paid forward by their recipient…most likely to the next person they encounter.
Secret Santa events continue to be a favorite occurrence at this time of year. Why? Because at the heart of the event is taking the time to please someone with a gift that’s personal in some way for them. The giver must pay attention and focus on some small thing to bring on a smile…anonymously. The very definition of a Random Act of Kindness.
So why not look to be the one to start those ripples of kindness by sending a gracious holiday message in the form of a fabric postcard?…anonymous or not. I’ve designed a fabric postcard to be assembled quickly as you listen to your favorite holiday music in the background. As one of my Random Acts of Kindness I’m offering the “Holiday Wishes” fabric postcard pattern free on Craftsy in time for you to make several and place them in mailboxes, on desks, or even to mail them as your version of a holiday card. If you can sew a straight line you can make this happen…and I will have started a ripple….
Take a moment to visit “Quiltings By Kathy” at Craftsy for my Holiday Wishes fabric postcard pattern.
I’ll be continuing to add a variety of Holiday fabric postcard patterns on Craftsy through the holidays and into the New Year should you be looking for additional designs and are able to give yourself the gifted kindness of time to create….