Tuesday, November 8, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness-Day 8

So we've been trying to keep our journey of kindness relatively inexpensive and at first I struggled to come up with ideas that would cost us little to no money. Thanks to fellow blogger, Cindy , over at Crayon Wishes and Popsicle Dreams, who left a comment to suggest this free act of kindness activity.

This afternoon, a group of friends joined us to pick up trash at a local park. The weather was beautiful and the kiddos really enjoyed working together with friends to clean up any litter we could find.
It was slow going at first. I am so proud of our community--it took us awhile to locate any garbage. But once we walked for a bit, and looked hard enough, we ended up having a successful afternoon of clean-up. Our best find was this broken camping chair.

We walked much of the park and ended our act of kindness with a short time at the playground.

The children seem to be really thinking about other things we can do for what's left of our 30 day challenge. I think they are learning that often times one of the biggest ways that we can be a blessing is to give the gift of our time. Whether it be taking a moment to send a note/picture to someone or spending an afternoon walking around cleaning up at the park, these seemingly small acts can make a big difference in the lives of others. And just like the pieces of litter we collected today, I hope that bits and pieces of our selfish nature are being discarded with each act that is completed. I pray that our hearts and minds are being forever changed by this "quest" of kindness.

1 comment:

  1. BEAUTIFUL post! Your last couple of sentences are just poetic!! Love that you did this with friends!! Our trash collecting experience sounded a lot like yours...slow going at first, and ending at the playground ;)