kind1Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, did you know this? Well it is! I think this is a great idea, if you follow my blog at all you know I write about this often! So while I think we should be practicing RAK’s, all the time, I think it is fabulous that we can shine a light on it today!! Yay for social media and all the hype surrounding “National/World day” this and that! Yes, I’m all in!

With that in mind I have taken to social media today to post a RAK idea every couple of hours. One thing though….I have three pages on Facebook; I have my personal page, my Gratitude Diva page, and my Gratitude Challenge group and I post a different idea on each page. It is getting a bit confusing posting on each page! And my Twitter feed looks rather confused since two of those pages auto post to Twitter!  ha!  Oh well, it is also Manic Wednesday I guess!  Can’t have too much RAK’s can we?? I say No!

Have a fabulous #RandomActofKindness day!  And if you want to see my ideas…..follow my Twitter feed or follow me on Facebook! Look to the right……

You can always ask to join the private group too! Just search for the “The Gratitude Challenge-with The Gratitude Diva or comment below! 🙂

Should It Matter?


Each day as I wake up I thank God and I express love. I feel this opens my door for the day. Opens it to welcome in all good things that may come. All good things that will flow to me- in the abundance that God wants it to and wills it too. A few years ago this was still something that I had to work at; it did not come naturally to me. Today though the words are said almost before I am awake.

Why am I telling you this? Well truth is if you follow my blog you already know this about me! But today I am mentioning it to set the stage for what happened the other day.

Being that I awake each day allowing for all good things to come to me, and filled with the love that God has directed me to have for others, it is probably no huge surprise what took place the other day; the surprise is what happened after.

And this is what I want to know- from you.

After reading this story…… let me know: if you had known before hand (what I’m going to tell you) would it have made a difference to you? Should it have mattered to what you would have done in that situation? OK..so you have the questions; now let me tell you what happened.

I will keep this short, there is no need for names or specifics,just enough to get the drift, so you can give an answer.

I was in the post office and a lady came in to get her mail. She, right from the start, was asking the clerk if she was going to be allowed to get her mail. I couldn’t help but hear everything going on; since it is a small post office and we were standing side by side.  This conversation went on for a few minutes, the lady asking if she could get her mail and the clerk saying she couldn’t allow her to because she owed money. The lady was upset. She pointed out she has to be able to get the bills (from the mail) or her situation would become even worse than it already was.  After it became clear that the lady was going to have to leave, without her mail, I stepped in. I apologized right from the start, explaining I did not want to embarrass or upset anyone, but that I would be happy to pay the balance so this lady could have her mail. The lady did not want to take it but I insisted…the clerk was visibly bothered by the whole thing and asked us to keep her out of it. I assured her this had nothing to do with her and we both assured her, at separate times, that we knew she was only doing her job.

OK…..enough about that. Yes the lady was appreciative. She had tears in her eyes as she said she heard of people who would do things like this (but never witnessed it). We said Merry Christmas and I asked for a hug, which she readily gave! 🙂

The lady leaves with words of gratitude on her lips as she exits the room. Not 30 seconds after she left the clerk started telling me how she could not feel sorry for the lady. She proceeds to tell me why. Bottom line…..she obviously felt I made a mistake paying this woman s bill.

So there you have it.  Should it have mattered? Would you have not paid the bill if you had known the circumstances? (the circumstances had nothing to do with anything immoral or bad).

Should we base our kindness (RAK) on if a person may deserve it (in our opinion) or not?

Just so you know; it made not a hoot of a difference to me!

I would love your opinion!


A Challenge for YOU!



Random acts of kindness, big or small, can mean more than you know to someone our there!
So I offer this challenge to everyone!!

Take the Five day challenge!!
Day 1- one random act of kindness ( from here on out referred to as RAK)
Day 2- two RAK
Day 3- you get it!!
By day 5 you will do FIVE RAK’s that day.

Do not let the thought of five RAK’s in one day stop you! You may think ” I don’t see that many people, that I know, in one day!! Who can I be kind to?” It’s ok!!! You do not have to seek out people you know. These are RANDOM acts….. Just let it happen organically! The idea is to THINK about it. See by day five you will be thinking about kindness more than not thinking about kindness!! How awesome if everyone walked around looking for something to do to impart a small bit of kindness on another!!
Do anything…. Big or small each day! Anything!
It can be monetary (buy the people behind you in the drive through their lunch or coffee) or no money involved (Grab that cart in the grocery store parking lot from the busy mom or elderly person and put it back for them, or just round up carts in the lot….. Etc)
Whatever it is just make sure it’s done with kindness in mind and heart. That’s it!!
You can do it!!
I’m going to post here each day what I did.
Hope to see you here!
Have a gratitude filled day everyone! And TAKE THE CHALLENGE!!