There are so many things going on this holiday season, and with that, so many things to do. I can already see you nodding along in agreement. We've got Christmas presents to buy, dinners to attend, halls to deck, chestnuts to roast — you get the picture — we're crazy busy! And if you're anything like me, the busyness of the season has already hit hard, and there are only 40 days left to make it just right!
The one thing I always get excited about every year is giving. It's my favorite thing to do, but I'll be real with you, it stinks when you don't have much to give. I've been there. I remember sitting in our bedroom not too long ago — frustrated because we didn't have enough funds to give as much as I wanted. It seems I've spent the majority of my lifetime frustrated because I want to give so much and never have enough to give! That's crazy!!!!
So I've been thinking a lot, and it hit me! Giving shouldn't be that hard. We all have something to give!
For some time now, Gary and I have operated under the currency of time rather than money. It's been a HUGE game changer for us. (I'll share more on that later.) But I say that to give you perspective. You see, I've been thinking of a way for ALL of us to give, and it turns out — it's the easiest thing in the world to do! ANYONE can do this challenge! My nine year old has already signed up.
We've got 40 days until Christmas and several opportunities to give every single day!
So are you interested in giving this season? Do you want to give big? Want to make someone's holiday season a little brighter?
Give the gift of a smile!!!
Here are the rules:
#1. Smile — when the world seems to be against you.
For example, you go out of town to a cool little restaurant; you drive an hour to get home; you realize your wallet is missing; after panic hits, you realize the wallet fell out of your pocket. Thankfully the restaurant manager found it. You drive an hour back to pick up your wallet; you park. You get back in your car; your car's sensors lose their minds and you are bombarded with a constant BEEEEPPPP. Okay, okay!!! *Hear we go — rather than banging your head against the steering wheel and saying some things Jesus wouldn't be happy with — smile! It's all gonna be alright! Turn your engine off and on. Press the reset button and get back on track!
And yes, that's totally a true story. It happened to a guy I know. He's a pretty hot guy with a hot temper if ya know what I mean! ;)
#2. Smile — when you see someone who looks like they've had a hard day.
We've all experienced this. You know what I'm talking about here. Yes, it may seem odd to smile at a stranger, but you never know what someone is going through, and you never know how far that smile will go.
#3. Smile — at your kids.
This is for all you moms and dads out there. OH-EM-GEEE!!! You have no idea how badly kids need this. We often think of all the materialistic things we can give to our kids, but as a former teacher, I can tell you sometimes a smile is all they need. Smile before you drop them off at school; smile when you walk in the door; smile on the way to practice. Just smile and you'll be amazed.
#4. Smile — at someone different than you.
In 2019 it seems like everyone is against someone. It's sad. How do you know someone is different from you? You really don't, and yet so many people judge before they even know someone. Rather than judge first, smile first. With the holiday season in full throttle, you'll have plenty of opportunity for this one! ;)
#5. Smile — for no reason at all.
Yes, this one sounds like you might be the "weird one," but lets be real — we're all a little odd. And I guarantee your smile will be contagious. You'll look at someone with that great big grin on your face, and I guarantee the person looking back at you won't be able to help but smile back.
Oh, but be very careful because if you didn't know this already — it's impossible to breathe in when you smile.
Just kidding! I just wanted to make you smile! :)
Smile, y'all and let us know how the challenge goes! Share your stories by tagging us in the #40daysmilechallenge !