Sometimes, not always, I really get to listen to a sermon at church and take it on board. I am always trying to listen but there are 6 little people to look after and sometimes my thoughts drift away or I can’t hear the priest properly or I’m sitting outside with someone or I’m giving the death stare to one of my little ones or I’ve just tuned out and can’t get back into it. But the last few weeks I’ve taken a few things away that have meant something to me. And one of them that I have really put into practice is small acts of kindness. And the priest said it about 6 or more times during his sermon which is probably why I actually remembered it.
The priest told us that in order to be a good person we don’t need to do these grand big acts of charity (of course they are great and wonderful and we need people to do this) but we need to be doing small acts most of the time. And not for reward or recognition but just for the act in itself. And while we’re thinking about charity he told us that we can’t just say ‘oh the poor people, yes it’s terrible’ and then get on with our own life and think that talking about something is doing it. We actually need to do something about it. In our own small way.
And so I’ve been doing these small things that I wouldn’t usually do because I’m a bit busy or preoccupied with kids and it makes you think of more things you can do. One example was when I was in the feeding room at the shops this week. It was noisy and busy in the shopping centre and it was nice and quiet to feed my little man. A lady came in looking a bit flustered. I asked had she lost something (she didn’t have a baby) and she said she needed a powerpoint to charge her phone. We had a bit of chit chat about what a pain it is when your phone runs out and she charged her phone and I kept feeding and we were silent. I heard her make a call to a dr about tests and referrals and then she had some phone trouble and it cut out on her. I was packing up the pram and getting ready to leave the shops. Part of me was saying just offer her your phone and stay back a little and the other part of me was saying she might say no and I don’t know her so just go home. Anyway I said ‘would you like to use my phone to make your call’. Cut a long story short she had smashed her phone and then couldn’t use it to make the call, so I offered again a couple of times but she said thank you but she’d be fine. She didn’t use my phone in the end but I could tell that she was taken aback that a stranger in the baby feeding room was offering her mobile phone to use.
Ironically I dropped my phone on the cement 2 days later and now have a smashed iPhone…..maybe it was a sign!
Christmas is definitely a time where we think of family, gifts and the perfect Christmas day meal. But this Christmas why not try some small acts of kindness for people outside your little circle of family and friends.Doesn’t have to be big, keep it small and do more of them. Maybe it’s taking a card from the giving tree, donating some food or a hamper at church, collecting up coins for your favourite charity, letting someone else have that car park you were waiting for, helping someone do their Christmas shopping, organising a delivery of groceries for someone who isn’t online, letting someone go before you at the supermarket even when you’re busy, taking over some of your delicious Christmas baking to that neighbour you don’t know, taking something delicious to the local police station/fire station/RFS/hospital or local charity with volunteers, stickers and colouring books to the children’s ward at the hospital, take some wool and knitting supplies to the ladies auxiliary or volunteers at the nearest hospital (Westmead Kids have a volunteers shop near the entrance and love your donations of wool!!), drop off some nappies to a new mum or some groceries to a family doing it tough this Christmas. I’m now looking for opportunities to make a small act because I know it will make me a better person, set a good example for the little ones and also stop me from only thinking about my own little world this Christmas.
What is something you can do this Christmas?
and I’m going to start sharing some of my favourite Christmas songs with you