One thing that I am hoping it does for us, as a people, is teaches us to work together, help each other out, and look out for those of us who need it most. Even though we are all feeling the crunch of our current economy, I hope that those of us who may not feel the pinch quite as much are able to give some small amount of kindness and comfort to someone who might be.
A friend of mine tries to do one nice thing for someone once a week. One week I had her by and she watched my two year old for me. When it came time to pay her, she said that watching #4 was her choice for the week, and with that, she was gone. No chance to argue, try to sneak her money, nada. I have to say, it really made my day.
I have taken to bringing baking to various friends whenever I have a few extra colorful cupcakes or cream-filled profiteroles. I also occasionally will buy the coffee of the person behind me, or some little treat for someone I don't know at the market. We often go through all that "stuff" that we have and put together bags for our local charity. Eggs are a given - most people I know love our pretty eggs so I like to just drop a dozen off as a surprise to friends who don't have hens.
We are also collecting all of our change this year to donate to a charity that we all decide on at the end of the year. Do you have any idea how much change you end up with at the end of each day in your purse or pocket??? It is also really wonderful to include the children and give them a sense of what it means to be blessed and that it is a privilege to be able to help others.
I think this week I will try to find something new to do - maybe find someone who really could use the helping hand. Any ideas? I would love to hear your stories!