(Me and The Mouth, Cape May, 1986)
One of my good friends, who we'll call The Mouth, was one of my closest friends in middle school. She was later influenced by a jerky-faced sports-playing bully and we drifted apart temporarily (as the middle school turns...), but I love her today nonetheless. While she doesn't have eleventy-billion dollars to spend on everyone, she does have a lot of goodwill to spread around, despite her normally very loud (and often crude) mouth. Next week, when she is on vacation, she is igniting flash mobs of do-gooders to help out their neighbors in need. This means everything from delivering meals made in her kitchen, to mucking out horse stalls (for the fancy people, that means cleaning out the doody) to helping people clean and paint their home.
While we all don't have the time to organize flash mobs and do so many good deeds, I do hope that you will take a few extra minutes, during your rushing around, to help others. Start small. Compliment someone's hair or nails, especially if that person is having a rough day. Offer to put a shopping cart away for someone who looks frazzled. Help a single parent traveling with an upset child. Let someone merge without making a hand gesture. Take cookies to a neighbor you haven't met before. Do something that is easy for you that someone else wouldn't take for granted. I bet you have lots of these skills. Maybe it's offering to re-attach a button, clean up a photo in Photoshop or drive someone to the store. It's the little things and there is no better time than now to take a few minutes to make someone else's day brighter.
Merry Christmas, Merry Festivus, and Happy Hanukkah!
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