Let the moocher live.
We all know a moocher or someone who owes us. Forgive their debt, big or small, and forget about it. And by that we mean don’t tell them.
This is a hard one.
Many communities have a Web site where you can locate sex offenders who live in the area. Find out where an offender lives near your, and anonymously send that person a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Include an encouraging letter.
The Golden Rule just doesn’t go out of style. (Unless, of course, you wear it with plaid pants.)
Think of some pet peeves you have based on what others do. Recognize that you have your own behaviors that drive others crazy. And in recognition of this fact, make accommodations for others’ quirks by refusing to whine about them. Think of how you’d like others to be quiet about your faults.
Maybe a box. Maybe a mansion. . . doesn’t matter.
It’s easy to become skeptical of beggars on street corners. This month, don’t think about whether they are really homeless or not, just give. . . every time. Better yet, buy gift cards to fast food restaurants or coffee shops. Keep them in your wallet and give them out.
Hot food is overrated anyway.
We’ve all had waiters who forgot our drinks and then vanished for 20 minutes only to then bring out cold food. Maybe he or she was having a bad day. Give a bad restaurant server a good tip.
Ugh, I would get stuck behind a student driver.
Hurry often short-circuits our ability to be patient. Lack of patience then leads to a lack of compassion when others force us to slow down. This week, do some spiritual training in patience—drive to and from work (or any errand) without passing anyone. And just in case you were thinking of tailgating grandma to urge her along, don’t.
What stop sign?
Wouldn’t it be great if someone else paid for our mistakes? Exactly. Go to the courthouse cashier’s line and pay someone’s traffic ticket for them.
We’ll call him “the frenemy.” (Yeah, that’s not a real word.)
Completely unaware of other people’s feelings. Dominates conversation. Throws you under the bus. Can never admit to being wrong. We all have a friend who tries our patience or has betrayed our trust. Rise above the frustration. Be the friend you wish he could be, and don’t resent him for who he is.