no-small-act-of-kindnessHello, all! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and stayed safe in any Black Friday ventures. As some of you may know, I’m on a personal TCO’d journey in which I am committing to doing and reporting an act of kindness that benefits my community per week. I would love to see everyone get involved as well, so if you have any suggestions of things you have done, leave a comment and help inspire others! Forgive me for missing my blog last week—I got caught up in writing papers and working on Christmas Dinner planning. So, I have two new updates for you.

Last week, I finally ended my denial of the coming winter and switched out my warm weather wardrobe for my cold weather wardrobe. I recruited a friend to help me decide which clothes to keep and which to donate to Goodwill. Like most people, I have a lot of clothes that are in good condition, but I just don’t wear anymore. While gathering everything into bins and chatting, I mentioned my TCO’d journey for Life Enforcement. She suggested that I donate my clothes to a neighbor of hers who was about my size. This girl was one of seven children and money was tight, so a bundle of new clothes would probably make her day. The next day, my friend called the girl’s mother and asked if she would be interested and with an eager okay, we brought the bins over. The girl wasn’t home at the time, so we left them for her. Later that night I got a long thank you text from the girl saying how much she liked the clothes and sent me a picture if her wearing one of her new dresses. I sent her a “you’re welcome” text ans was glad she liked them. While I usually feel good about my donation to Goodwill, I felt better donating directly to someone who needed it. I remember the excitement in high school of getting new clothes and was happy that I could give that feeling to another person.

A few days later, it was time for another TCO’s project. This week, I took inspiration from other members of Life Enforcement by paying for someone’s groceries. When I got to the store, I realized I didn’t want to embarrass anyone by singling them out, so I needed another plan. I bought a store gift card and handed it back to the cashier, asking him to use it on a random customer who looks like they might need a pick me up. It only took a couple extra seconds, but the thought followed me all day, knowing that at any moment, someone could be receiving that gift card. I want to thank the members of Life Enforcement who are always spreading the TCO’d principle, and are always making sure to spread positivity through your actions and words. You guys have inspired me with ways to show others kindness and I hope that I can also inspire others the way you have.