Tuesday, April 5, 2011

29 Day Giving Challenge- completed

Well I have officially finished the 29 Day Giving Challenge (actually I finished it a week ago but am incredibly lazy when it comes to writing posts). I don’t think I have done anything recently that has had such a positive effect on my life. Soon, I didn’t need to remind myself to give every day. It just came naturally. I felt more connected with the world around me. I felt more willing to care.

I didn't always give money or things. Sometimes it was smile, a compliment, a kind gesture. Strangely enough, they seemed to make an even bigger impact. Who knew that we were so powerful? That by simply caring, we could make someone’s life a little bit brighter?

That was what really stuck with me. I have always talked about wanting to make a difference to someone’s life one day. I just never realised that I already could. That I already was.

A week after the giving challenge has officially finished, I am still giving every day.

They may not be huge, earth-moving things; but they are still changing the world a little bit at a time.

16 comments:

DB said...

That's really cool. I haven't heard of this challenge before.

And I was creeping on your info, and I'm definitely opening a coffee shop/bookstore/yarn store with my sister some day.

Mandy said...

This just makes me smile :) After reading some of your giving challenge day blogs it made me also want to do "little" things to make someones day better-sometimes it's the little things in life that go a long way :) Keep on giving, if we all start, we can hope for a better place to live in!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Awesome. It's scientific. Every action has an equal reaction. When it comes to good actions, there is almost always a good return. We just may not always see it right away...loving the unloveable, or giving to those we don't think deserve it.

You rock.

~BB~ said...

That is really cool - I admire you for that! I'm so glad you shared; it is definitely inspiration to give more every day :)

Bonnie said...

Awwww. :)
If everyone gave just a little something - a smile, a hug, a nice word - I think the world would be a better place.

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ontheblock vintage said...

THIS IS AWESOME! its the little things that counts.:)

Ash said...

Totally inspiring, as usual :)

AquĆ­ said...

this is so cool! I think its a great idea! I think it would do a lot of good for the soul!

Kimbirdy said...

that's so wonderful! and it's true, the simple, kind gestures we make every day are already changing the world. i love that life lesson. thank you so much for sharing your experience! it's truly an inspiration.

Googlover/keishua said...

yeah! that is so cool. You gave away yourself, so to speak. Very inspiring!!

vintch said...

what a beautiful challenge, and how awesome of you to complete it. it's funny how after we do something for a while, it becomes second nature. this can be a great, or terrible thing. i can think of no better habit than continuously giving!

perfectionisboring said...

What a wonderful idea! Something I should really implement in my own life.

Kelly said...

Here's wishing positive things come right back atcha! Karmic love in your direction :)

SJ said...

nice work!
when i got back from overseas, i found myself being a lot nicer to people. it was especially handy when encountering competitive females in the office i started working at- rather than behaving the same way, i was just really nice to them and it forced them to be nice too! win win!

oh and thanks for the tag, i'll post my 7 things this week!

Swiss said...

I think we sort of started this together. Well I'm sorry to tell you I completely failed this round.. I failed giving, oh my gosh! I had this mental tug of war.. do I count things that I would do daily anyway.. no, it has to be out of the norm.. etc. Then by happenstance last month I was doing a lot of work that I wasn't getting paid for.. so in general I just started feeling violated like I was nothing but give.. Anyway, inspired by your victory, I am giving this a less convoluted go :p

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I'm glad the challenge was such a wonderful and positive experience for you! It's easy for people to give money, but I think the ways you gave are so much more important, because your supply is never exhausted. Those little smiles and compliments add up and make a big difference. They inspire.