This past month I focused on giving more of myself for the Thirty Day Challenge. Money is not the only way to give to others and I found focusing on others to be rewarding while learning more about people.
Often times while driving I can lose my patience quickly if the traffic conditions or actions of others is not to my convenience. I learned that this is just not always about me. Others can be just as impatient. Now and then I practice an exercise that I implemented regularly in November. That little practice is a simple smile when I encounter other drivers. Are they turning left in front of me? Can I take time to let someone in my lane when the lane is blocked ahead? I find that a smile, even across steering wheels goes a long way. A quick smile back tells me that they are more relaxed....or a little more patient.
Taking time to think of things to do for others at home also has a positive result. When I stop to think of how thoughtful my husband is it can be a challenge to anticipate something I can do for him. The secret is in the small things like keeping up with routine household chores that are only noticed when they got missed for a day or two. Clean socks, every day...dinner on time or providing a safe haven from stress are invaluable. I can't go into each and every mundane thing but...they are important. Little things that I take for granted are so appreciated by others and if it is a chore I don't especially like the more I know it was received with grace and a feeling of gratitude.
I am going to continue working on this during the month of December; it is a rich way to live and the blessings are innumerable although I am not doing this for my own grattification, it rewards me too!