Considering Others (part 2)
Creating Kindness in Your Community
In a world that’s too often self-focused, it’s hard to remember the importance of considering other people. Here are two of our favorite quotes that highlight the reasons for giving to others.
"Always consider others’ needs, not just your own. In this way, you’ll be able to maintain happiness and serenity in relationships."
"Only the strongest consider others’ first!"
Now get practical. In what ways could you express care to your community? In what intentional ways might you consider the needs of others in your neighborhood?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Bless the homeless in your city
- Carry fast food gift certificates or small snacks in your car. Whenever you see a homeless man or woman, give them a free meal.
- Travel with a thermos of hot chocolate in the winter or iced water in the summer. Share cups with the homeless in your community.
- Bless newly married couples in your community with gifted relationship resources. Talk to the county clerk’s office about your offer and work out a system to get the resources into the hands of couples in your community.
- Coordinate a community effort to clean up a vacant lot or neighborhood park.
- Give away lemonade and cookies to the neighbors rather than sell them at a lemonade stand. Let this simple gesture help you establish relational connections between you and your neighbors.
- Go to construction sites and hand out water bottles if the weather is hot or coffee if the temperatures are cooler. Offer a word of appreciation for how these men and women are building good things for your community.
- Surprise someone with a free day of yard work or a free night of babysitting.
- Go to the community park and hand out bubbles for the younger kids. Offer to start a volleyball or softball game for the older students.
- Support a family who has a child with special needs, who has recently adopted a child or who is currently fostering children. Find out how your family might ease the burdens for a family with a child who is autistic, blind, hearing impaired, or physically disabled.
- Provide car repairs (or other services) for single moms or senior citizens within the community. Offer the needed services but make intentional time just for friendship and helping them know they’re not alone.
- Support families who are grieving. If you learn about a family who’s loved one has passed away, offer to host their family at your house (or their’s) and coordinate the meal. This gift of time, food, and compassion can be incredibly comforting!
- Care for families who are traumatized. Take your family to the Emergency Room at a local hospital. Give comfort to the family members who are waiting for their loved ones to receive treatment.
- Adopt a fire station or police station. These public servants often need a listening ear to hear their concerns over the traumas that they encounter. Serve food, supplies and messages of gratitude for how these first responders care for your community. Spread the word about the positive ways they contribute to your neighborhood and interact with your neighbors.