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Day 17: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Leap Day Love) Leap of Kindness Day

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs | 7 comments

Day 17: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Leap Day Love) Leap of Kindness Day

Day 17: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Leap Day Love)

Today as we #spreadlovelikejelly I’m inspired by LEAP DAY! We get 366 days this year to choose joy and spread love. That’s awesome. How we choose to spend this extra day matters too! This morning, I’m proud to say I’m from New York when I noticed several New York State towns banding together to share love and spread kindness.

Today, I challenge you to use your extra day to spread love however you can.

I noticed my friend from Saratoga, NY posting a photo on Facebook this morning indicating that she was doing something kind for her children’s teachers with #leapofkindnessday. I was impressed. I loved it. I wanted to participate too.

 

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So I started to do some research and was really happy to find that the entire town of Saratoga was participating in a pay-it-forward style day of kindness. You can see what they are up to on their website. All over the town people were delivering cookies to fire departments and going out of their way to spread some cheer and good will.

I think its awesome to take advantage of having an extra day in the year to choose to be more kind to those around us. What a fantastic celebration! You can check out what else is happening in Saratoga on their Facebook page and also tell them what you’ve been up to by tagging your social media posts with #leapofkindnessday. There’s a pretty great news story about it here.

We get 366 days this year to choose joy and spread love! #leapofkindnessday #spreadlovelikejelly Click To Tweet

I looked around further to see that Canandaigua, NY had also jumped on the band wagon for making today an extra day of charity and kindness.#leapofkindnessday #spreadlovelikejelly www.lovetheeveryday.com

Today I did not have lots of time to prepare for this as I just read about it this morning. So my contributions were just adding better coffee and creamer to the staff lounge for my coworkers. We generally get Folgers coffee for free, but no one really cares for it. So I stopped on the way in to get some yummier blends.  However, I plan to try to make today great by including as much kindness as I can into my day. What will you do?

 


Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love

Day 9: Find Inspiration

Day 10: Choose Love

Day 11: Put Others First

Day 12: Speak Kindly

Day 13: Be Present

Day 14: Feel the Love

Day 15: Love Your Pets

Day 16: Embrace God’s Love


“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

 


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Day 14: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Feel the Love)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Family Ties, Hope and Hugs | 10 comments

Day 14: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Feel the Love)

Day 14: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Feel the Love)

Today, I am making a list of all the things I can think of that make me feel loved.  I think part of spreading love and choosing joy is recognizing what things in our lives make us feel loved. Without noticing when and how and why I feel like I am loved, how can I best recognize that it others?

So I brainstorm, and today I challenge you to brainstorm too! Create a list of the things in your life that make you feel loved. Contemplate the simple things and the big things. This really helped me to recognize the ways in which my own loved ones must like to be loved!

  • coffee already made in the morning
  • hugs
  • notes from my students
  • real mail in my mailbox
  • when my husband packs my lunch
  • the wagging tails of my dogs when I get home
  • phone calls from friends
  • people who keep their promises
  • when my husband pumps gas for my car
  • when my mother signs all her notes “love you bunches”
  • coming home from work and finding the bed made
  • fresh flowers

What kinds of things make you feel loved?

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Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love

Day 9: Find Inspiration

Day 10: Choose Love

Day 11: Put Others First

Day 12: Speak Kindly

Day 13: Be Present


“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

 

Day 12: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Speak Kindly)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs | 7 comments

Day 12: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Speak Kindly)

Day 12: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Speak Kindly)

Today’s challenge is particularly difficult for me. I decided I needed to do this one over the weekend when I snapped for no reason at my mother-in-law.

So, Today I challenge you to focus your energy on speaking kindly.

It happened like this: we took my sweet mother-in-law (Now when I say sweet I really do mean sweet, she used to be a preschool teacher!) to an old mining town in Colorado for the afternoon. The old building facades are still in place, you can even see some of the original signage and billboards. Its quaint, and pretty, and looks like I imagine it did during the gold rush. The main street of town is full of gorgeous, original architectural details and the view is amazing. From the top of town, one can see two separate mountain ranges and several small villages.

The town houses about seven small casino/hotels and a few little museums meant to lure in tourists. We happened upon the town on a weekend they were holding their very cool, annual Ice Festival. The streets were blocked off by the local police and artists we carving life-sized sculptures of horses and wagons into large blocks of ice. The street vendors were in full swing selling all kinds of crafts and food, a band played, and streets were packed with happy people. It was a perfect, idyllic, mountain day. Sun was shining, beer was flowing, life was good.

We walked by a small casino which still had signs above its door proclaiming it to be a saloon and restaurant. My MIL exclaimed in surprise when we walked by “Wow, that’s not a restaurant! It’s a casino.” To which we all nodded.

Moments after that we walked by a souvenir shop. Its stairs were lined with t-shirts and hoodies, postcards, and knickknacks. Inside we could spot rows and rows of other kitschy goodies that you could bring home in remembrance of your trip. The peeling and weatherworn sign above the door announced: General Store. “Now, is that really a store?” My MIL asked.

Does it look like a store?” I snapped in reply.

……. I’m not nice.

I find myself being snappy, and snarky and sarcastic more than I would like to admit. The worst part is that I adore my in-laws. They love me, they are kind, they are fun to be around…and she did not deserve my attitude in that moment. Yet, often I can feel my sarcasm ready to pounce at the slightest provocation.

I think part of the problem is that I often fail to be kind when I am also in a bad mood. (Or if I’m hungry!) it is never a good idea to combine bad words with bad moods! I find myself laughing at other people’s misfortune, and saying unkind things. I’m pretty sure that sometimes I can be really hurtful!

Today let’s encourage each other to pay extra attention to the way we speak! #speakkindly… Click To Tweet

Today let’s encourage each other to pay extra attention to the way we speak, the words we use to convey messages and our tone of voice. Are we praising others when we speak or judging them? Are we using lies or exaggeration or do we focus energy on building one another up?

Be mindful and loving with your words today friends and #spreadlovelikejelly.

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Speak Kindly

 


Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love

Day 9: Find Inspiration

Day 10: Choose Love

Day 11: Put Others First


“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

 

 

Day 11: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Put Others First)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs | 0 comments

Day 11: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Put Others First)

Loving people is difficult. If we have learned nothing else over the course of this challenge it is that love can be hard work. Sometimes people are mean, weird, annoying, ungrateful…the list goes on. Yet this is what the Bible commands! In Romans 12:10, we learn that it is expected that we, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” This is one of those things that is nearly impossible to do. Especially in today’s society where we often keep an internal scorecard of how much we are doing for someone versus what they are doing for us.

I can’t help but feel a little grumpy when I feel like I have been emotionally available for a friend when she was going through a hard time, and then when I’m having a trying time it seems like she is nowhere around. It is hard not to keep track of the physical things you do for others too. How many times have you helped someone move only to discover they are busy on your big moving weekend?

But to be commanded to honor one another above yourselves? That is to make an effort to love and show love to someone even when it’s inconvenient to you. This means we are called on to understand that LOVE is not actually a feeling but a choice. (Remember all those times I’ve said Love is a VERB?) It’s not what you feel but more what you do. By putting others’ needs first and our own last we are being devoted in our love.

Sometimes I simply do not want to do that! When I get home from work, all I want to do is lay on the couch and decompress. I don’t want to think about the dogs that need to be fed, the chores to do or the things my husband has asked me to complete. I want to relax and unwind…I realize this is selfish. I want to sit with my feet up, glass of wine in hand, and worry only about what to watch on Netflix.

 

So today, I challenge you to make an effort to put the needs of others before your own.… Click To Tweet
So today, I challenge you (and me!)to make an effort to put the needs of others before your own. Maybe that means taking a few extra moments to put your spouse’s clothes in the dryer before work, or perhaps it means leaving the last of your son’s favorite cookies for him to eat and not scarfing it down as a midnight snack. Maybe you’ll decide to take out the trash or some other small token that is usually the job of your spouse. But today, I want you to focus on other people’s needs and desires and let your own go.
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Now, wait a moment. There is a delicate balance here. You are not neglecting yourself. You aren’t sacrificing your own happiness and well-being. The idea here is to simply balance your sacrifice with your self-interest. One has to be able to both give and receive. I believe that in order to truly give of yourself you have to have a full cup to begin with. You can’t have this full cup if you don’t take time to take care of yourself. However, by giving and serving others I find that the reward is often much, much greater than the sacrifice.


Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love

Day 9: Find Inspiration

Day 10: Choose Love


“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

 

 

Day 10: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Choose Love)

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs | 0 comments

Day 10: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Choose Love)

Day 10: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Choose Love)

I don’t know about you but my Sunday often starts like this:

Wake up. Mind races. Why didn’t my alarm go off? Oh. It’s Sunday. I’ve got three hours before church. So much to do today. So tired. So tired. Five more minutes of sleepy time. SHIT. I’ve got an hour before church. Why hasn’t my husband picked up any of his clothes? Seriously? No hot water. Awesome. I’ve got to prep some stuff for lunch this week.  Why do none of my pants fit? What did my husband do with the car keys? I’ve got to get new pants. But really though, where are the car keys? SHIT. We’re gonna be late for church.

Then, I start to get a little irritated. I MUST have some coffee… and suddenly I find myself griping at my husband for things that do not really matter…

So today, I challenge you to CHOOSE LOVE. #spreadlovelikejelly Click To Tweet

Strive to just start your day with love. Choose to have an outlook that is loving and not one that is accusatory. For me, that looks like a prayer. First thing in the morning, before I get to the “SHIT” part in my brain-rant I need to pray about it. It looks a little like this: “Lord, today I want to start my day with love. I know I don’t have all my shit together, (yes sometimes I curse in my conversations with God, he gets me) but I am thankful for this day, I am grateful for my wonderful husband. Help me put one foot in front of the other today and greet my loved ones with love. Help me to smile and let things go. Allow me to give myself and my loved ones grace. Help me choose love. If you could also help the radio DJ put upbeat and happy songs on the radio that would help immensely. And green lights. Green lights on the way to church. Thank you. I love you.  AMEN.”

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#spreadlovelikejelly CHOOSE LOVE


Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love

Day 9: Find Inspiration


“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

Day 9: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Find Inspiration)

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, Faith, Hope and Hugs | 0 comments

Day 9: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Find Inspiration)

Day 9: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Find Inspiration)

Where do you draw ideas and inspiration from where love is concerned? I believe that love inspires love, and one of the best places to find inspiration is from great works of literature. Today I challenge you to find your favorite love quote. (It doesn’t have to be from literature). Find what others are saying about love, and use their words of wisdom to inspire you to spread love in your own life. Below you can see some of my very favorite books, and their very best words on LOVE. #spreadlovelikejelly

Today I challenge you to find your favorite love quote. #spreadlovelikejelly Click To Tweet

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“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” -Victor Hugo

les-miserables


“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Bronte

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“Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring.” -Thomas Hardy

far from madding


 

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love


 

“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

 

Day 8: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Speak Love)

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Blog, Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs | 0 comments

Day 8: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Speak Love)

 

Today I challenge you to share something loving on your social media in order to help on my mission to #spreadlovelikejelly. Today is easy. Just tweet, post, tag, instagram, share, or write something encouraging or blog a kind word, idea, or scripture. Snap a photo of something that makes you happy. Post a comic strip. Write on someone’s wall how much they mean to you…. you get the idea. Whatever you share be sure to add the tag #spreadlovelikejelly so we can all go back and take a look at what everyone is posting!


I think this is important in a world where we find ourselves wasting valuable minutes scrolling through social media sites anyway, to use this time to share love. Instead of getting caught up in online drama why not try to inspire kindness or be cheerful? For me I like to use social media to spread positive vibes in an otherwise negative space. Maybe you decide to share something personal like:

 

I have the world's greatest husband! #spreadlovelikejelly Click To Tweet

Or maybe something more subtle. Like a photo of someone you love. #mydogrocksHapiness is hugging a puppy. #spreadlovelikejelly| www.lovetheeveryday.comBut whatever you choose to share today, I challenge you to avoid sharing anything negative. There is so much negativity on my Facebook wall lately that sometimes I want to delete all my friends and start over with only positive people. Try to refrain from politics and complaining and instead, speak love. #spreadlovelikejelly

I’ve been really inspired by Toby Mac’s Speak Life song. Have you heard it? It pretty much reiterates all the things about the power of words and how we use them that I’ve been trying to convey for ages. The ways we should use our words for good and it has a catchy little tune too.


 

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness


 

“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

Day 7: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Random Acts of Kindness Week)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs, Junior High, Teacher Stuff | 0 comments

Day 7: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Random Acts of Kindness Week)

Day 7: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Random Acts of Kindness Week)

I don’t know if you are aware but it is #RAK week, (Random Acts of Kindness) where Americans are encouraged to “use these 7 days to step up your acts of kindness, be loud with your generosity, and commit to being a better person throughout the year.”

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a huge movement to encourage kindness in the classroom, so I was inspired to use their resources in my classroom today to have kids become engaged in the movement. We signed the Kindness Pledge, pledging to strive to be a positive impact on the world around us. Additionally, the students brainstormed easy ways they could share kindness with others throughout the remaining days of this week. It was cute. It was easy. It was inspirational to watch.

#spreadlovelikejelly

Pay it Forward bookmarks that students are leaving in books for others to find.

The idea of random acts of kindness is to incorporate kindness into your daily life by helping to “pay if forward”. I love the idea of one act of kindness spreading like ripples on a pond. We talked in my classroom today about what would happen in the world if we only relied on others to make it a better place. The kids decided that the time has come for each individual to step up in order to make a difference. The idea of personal responsibility versus social obligations and societal norms totally blew their minds.  We’ve been reading Steinbeck’s The Pearl in class and discussing the unfair social system which kept Mexican natives from climbing the social ladder. Their concept of corruption and evil had been so sheltered, and spawned deep discussions about how cruelty affects the world as a whole. ( I KNOW! Deep stuff for twelve-year olds!)

Kindness pledge #RAK #spreadlovelikejelly

Kindness Pledge from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. #spreadlovelikejelly

Which brings me neatly full circle to the theme of today’s challenge. Cruelty is not cool. Being kind to others is. End of story. More interestingly, kindness is contagious. Students caught themselves trying to one-up each other in the kindness department all day. I feel like this is a win-win situation. There were doors being held and books being carried, extra helping hands appeared to clean up the lunch room and students were volunteering to clean classroom desks, just because. It was beautiful.

So where do you start? I’d head over to the Kind Spring website, where they have a bazillion ideas to help you find ways to easily spread kindness. Things as simple as saying hello to someone you’d normally pass by in your day, or buying the coffee of the person behind you in the Starbucks line only take a moment and don’t cost very much but definitely inspire kindness to spread.

I believe that every individual can be catalyst for a positive change in the world. One idea on the Kind Spring site suggests that you just take a moment to share some good news on social media, to be a light in a dark world. I love that idea.  Just one small act of kindness can spark a landslide of subsequent good nature because kindness leads to kindness. So, today, find a way to randomly share kindness with someone and #spreadlovelikejelly.

Kindness is contagious! #RAK #spreadlovelikejelly #randomactsofkindness Click To Tweet

 

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things


 

“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

Day 6: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Be Real, it’s the little things)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Blog, Counting Blessings, Faith, Family Ties, Hope and Hugs, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Day 6: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Be Real, it’s the little things)

Day 6: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Be Real)

So, I’m six days into this 20 day challenge, and let’s be honest I’m totally not a cup-half-full kind of gal. All this sunshine and roses garbage is starting to take its toll and yesterday’s challenge of “have patience” was a total flop. It’s crap for me to try and convince you all that everyday is going to be beautiful— Love is hard work. Being loving is hard work. Taking time to smell the roses, which sounds simple, is also… You guessed it, hard work. I cannot spend twenty days looking at life through rose colored glasses without a long string of expletives coming out of my sailor-mouth at some point.

Yesterday, my students tried my patience more than ever before. They asked dumb questions, could not sit still, and had an inability to work independently. They also farted a lot. A lot more than normal. I received emails from annoyed parents (yay) and fielded questions like, “Does spelling count?” ON A SPELLING TEST! Why yes, Jimmy, yes it F-ing does.

At home, all I did was argue with my husband. My long-deployed and much missed husband, who I am excited and grateful to have back in the house, somehow morphed into the most obnoxious human being I have ever met. He could do nothing right and I found every opportunity to tell him so. I’m so pleasant. He’s so lucky. Or….not.

I designed this blog to help me remember to love the everyday moments in this too short life, yet yesterday I fell incredibly short of that. This challenge is supposed to inspire me to seek out opportunities to shower others with love, instead yesterday made me feel like a fake. I couldn’t show love to anyone, I couldn’t even demonstrate love to my husband yesterday, let alone show patience to a stranger!

All bubble gum and unicorns aside for a moment: being a good person is freaking torturous some days. All I wanted to do yesterday is scream at other drivers on my ride home, and then nap.

So, let’s be honest for a moment. Love is a verb. It’s like run, or leap, or endure. It has weight and is difficult. It’s like trying to sprint a marathon in your bunny slippers.

Love is a verb, like trying to sprint a marathon in your bunny slippers. #spreadlovelikejelly Click To Tweet

Yesterday was a good reminder that despite whatever happy, bubbly, jelly-filled donut I try to present this life to be, sometimes it’s kick-you-in-the-teeth difficult…. And that’s ok.

So today is a new day, where I’m going to choose some tiny, small way to share love and joy with others and call it a success. I’m gonna start by kissing my husband goodbye. I’m going to give my students some chocolate. And I’m going to smile. That’s it. That’s all I can manage to accomplish today. But, truly, love is in the little things. And it’s gonna be ok.

How will you choose to be real and help yourself be successful today? What small way will you share love?

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Lets Be ReaL…Love is Hard work #spreadlovelikejelly

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 5: Spread Love Like Jelly (Have Patience)

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Anxiety, Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs, Junior High, Mental Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Day 5: Spread Love Like Jelly (Have Patience)

Day 5: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (have patience)

I find myself so often losing patience in my day to day life. I use the excuse that I teach middle school so it’s only natural that I expend most of my patience very quickly, leaving not much left over for after work hours. But the truth is, I’m pretty quick to lose patience with them too, and pretty early in the day. When a student asks a question I have already answered, or doesn’t give me a chance to explain directions before they start saying they don’t “get it”…sometimes I want to scream.

As I head back to work after a long four-day weekend I’m challenging myself to have more patience, especially with my students. I plan to work on taking a deep breath before I am sarcastic or angry with the twelve year-olds and I’m not going to be irritated by the old woman in front of me at the grocery store or the bad drivers. Ok, I can’t promise that, let’s be honest: I’m no good at being unsnarky but I’m going to make a huge effort.

#spreadlovelikejelly | www.lovetheeveryday.com

#spreadlovelikejelly

I plan to take time today to remind myself that impatience rarely gets others to move faster, think more carefully or reassess their behavior, in fact–it can interfere with other people’s ability to this critically.

Every time I respond without listening, or jump to hush people all I am doing is creating more stress.  So, before I respond to my students, or better still, my husband, in an unkind or impatient way I am going to really try to take a deep breath first, practice actually listening to them and be careful how the things I say in impatience impact those around me.

Our patience will achieve more than our force. -Edmund Burke #havepatience #spreadlovelikejelly Click To Tweet

What about you? What tips do you have to help others to have patience?

 

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

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