Throwing Kindness Like Confetti!


Welcome to the last post of The PERK Project!  Jemma Olson of At Home with Jemma and I have shared this project in hopes of spreading a little positivity in the world.  We so appreciate the warmth with which you all have received these posts. We've loved your comments and all of your great input. You have added so much to this project with your thoughts and ideas about what positive*encouraging*real*kindness looks like.

When my thoughts turned to kindness for this post, I realized that I probably use the words encouraging and kind interchangeably but shouldn't. With a quick search I found that kindness is considered to friendliness and warmheartedness that is shared and sometimes it is shared whether someone deserves it or not.  Kindness is also associated with generosity, gentleness, and concern. Kindness includes showing empathy towards others.



Hopefully we all experience a little kindness each and every day. I did a little bit of thinking and would like to share some of the ways we've experienced kindness lately...

- I shared with you that my father-in-law passed away at the end of November. We've received many, many kind notes, calls, and cards in the mail. People have shared their memories of him and told us the big and small ways that he influenced their lives. People have also made donations in his honor to an Alzheimer's research organization that we support.  It's incredible how kind acts like this can ease the hurt that goes along with losing someone.

- Our oldest son joined the army last fall and was recently transferred to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He didn't have a pass to come home for Christmas this year. When a blogging friend of mine heard this, she invited Spencer and a buddy to her home for Christmas Eve with their family. The guys went over and had a great time with tamales and friends. That's kindness!


-  My husband doesn't drive which means that I do drive - a lot! We have friends who will always drive when we go somewhere together. I really don't mind doing so but they know it gives me a little break. Driving is something we all take for granted but when a person is unable, it changes everything. We really appreciate their offers.

-  Our youngest son is in his senior year of a very rigorous program to become an R.N. Family members and friends are constantly asking how he's doing and offering encouragement.  Cousins call to ask how it's going and want to hear about his experiences. A phone call can go a long way towards showing kindness to others.



-  My mother-in-law is one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. Once a month for years now, she has been visiting a young lady in prison which is about 3 hours from home. Before the girl went to prison, my MIL only knew of her vaguely but knew that the girl had visited their church. She and a few other ladies visit her, provide for her personal needs, and pray for her.

- We have another member of our family who has gone through hard financial times in the past. He has done all kinds of jobs to add to his funds including delivering pizza on the side. He now makes sure to tip as much as he can when he has the chance because he knows what it's like to be on the receiving end.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the kindness that we experience all the time!


It is said that kindness is good for the whole world and when you share kindness, you do good things for yourself. Want some more ideas? Be sure to visit At Home with Jemma, my other blogging friends, and please leave your comments!

Just in case you missed the first four posts of The PERK Project that I shared the links are below:

Accentuate the Positive    Sharing Your Positive Thoughts   Encourage One Another   
Keeping It Real













41 comments

  1. Hello Stacey- what a great post. I always remember a religious passage about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. I also love that movie where the “pay it forward” meme was such a thoughtful thing to do. I think of those ways often when I interact in life.
    I haven’t gotten around much lately to a lot of blogs so I’ve missed the other related posts. It was great to see a comment from on my blog today! I’m going to check out a few more posts on your blog and catch up. Have a wonderful week, Liz

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  2. So happy to join your this week with stories of kindness about my friends Robin and Betsy, the Elves. It all started with two $25 gift cards, given to random strangers who looked in need. And then people heard about it...

    I love the PERK project. I can't wait to check out some of these posts!

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  3. I am loving these posts and it would be neat to have them printed out in a little book. Thanks for sharing and helping us find more ways to connect to our blog friends....and everyone else, too! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  4. Such a lovely post, Stacey...it encourages me to look for more ways to be kind. xo

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  5. Thank you Stacey for sharing all these great stories on sharing kindness. Thank you for featuring my kindness story too.
    May you and Jemma find lots of hugs , smiles and especially kindness today.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  6. I'm happy to hear that some of your kindness is returned to you and your family by others. Have a great week!

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  7. Hello Stacey,
    Lovely thoughts here in your post! Funny, I didn't write this way, but I do do the pizza guy's tipping as I worked for years in fast food and restaurants and those tips are what you survive on, how you eat, how you put gas in your car to get to school. There are so many people I know who do little things that they never talk about but especially here in Texas, the recipient might mention somehow. That's when you might hear about the former's kindness. Really lovely! I'm glad that your MIL visits that girl ~ it may make all the difference for when she is released one day. <3 Thank you for a lovely post! Pinning and sharing today. <3

    Barb :)

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  8. Hi, Stacey! I wrote a post about kindness for your PERK project this week. I want to thank you for including me in it! I have enjoyed reading about your project and the different posts you and Emma have done.

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  9. loves your inspiring quotes on kindness a trait often overlooked

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  10. Stacey, I've really enjoyed reading all these wonderful Perk Postings. FYI, when our son returned from Japan, he and his family were stationed in El Paso at Ft. Bliss for a few years.

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  11. Stacey, I have really been uplifted by all of the wonderful posts. Some made me cry while others were heart warming! Thanks to you and Jemma for starting such a wonderful project!!!!

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  12. Lovely message. I know you're thankful for all those who have reached out in kindness. I've enjoyed your perk project. Very inspiring.

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  13. Such a sweet post, Stacey. I'm sure people love to be kind to someone as sweet as you! Enjoy your week.

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  14. Thank you Stacey and Jemma for sharing about kindness. One of the ways that I try to be kind in this blogging community is sharing what I can to teach and inspire with others. There’s not enough kindness in the world. Let’s do our part.

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  15. I enjoyed each and every blog and I visited them all. I can't comment on 2 of them because they only allow google + comments...but I hope they know how much I appreciate what they've shared! Thanks Stacey and Jemma for making today special! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  16. So glad we were all able to get together and share positive vibes with one another and that a little kindness goes such a long way!
    Jemma

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  17. These have been such positive blog posts, Stacey! They'are a great reminder to be positive, kind and do good wherever we go. <3

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  18. What a wonderful series by wonderful ladies:)
    You have encouraged us all.

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  19. I just love your list of kindness. I have been on the receiving end of so much kindness recently, and now it's my job to pay it forward. Like you described in this post, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference...a phone call, a ride, or a note can turn someone's day around. :)

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  20. Wouldn't it be great if Kindness was actually contagious?! I love this post and I also love the pink theme running through it. That is so cool that a blogger connection invited your son and his buddy for Christmas Eve. What a great blessing from your blog. XO

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  21. Thank you for so many wonderful words and stories Stacey, it is truly amazing what a simple act of kindness can do...the other day I helped a handicapped woman enter the grocery store, she was on a riding cart and people entering and exiting the store wouldn't stop long enough for her to drive her cart inside. All I did was signal others to stop so she could go in...I couldn't believe how the others couldn't slow down for just a minute to let her enter. She was so appreciative for such a simple act...
    Jenna

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  22. Thank you for doing this series of posts. Not only have they been extremely encouraging but thought provoking as well. Blessed to read your blog. Thank you.

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  23. This kindness project is such a good idea. Too many times we get caught in the rough waters of everyday life. If we can brighten someone's day, that is a blessing for us as well. When we tip in restaurants, we try to leave cash. It was brought to our attention that some restaurant chains do not give all the tips due to the servers if the check is paid with a card. Loved all your stories about kindness...it needs to be contagious! Kindness and courtesy go hand in hand. xoxo

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  24. I'm loving all these posts about kindness! Here's one small thing I started doing. When I'm grocery shopping and put large items on the bottom of my cart, I always make sure the UPC code is facing up, to make it easier for the bagger to scan it with their hand held scanner. My oldest worked in a grocery store during college and told me this is so helpful and keeps them from having to flip those large items over to scan them. Stay warm! We're waiting on the snow right now. :)

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  25. Hi Stacey, what a beautiful post. The kindness stories you have shared are very special. They are encouraging and uplifting. I try to show kindness even in the small ways. It's the little things that add up like opening doors, picking something up another has dropped, little notes sent in the mail, baking cookies for a neighbor and so on. What we do comes back around to us as well. Recently my hubby had major surgery and the kindness he received by friends and work associates checking on him, has been incredible.

    So glad your son and friend had a wonderful Christmas eve invited to a families home. And best wishes to your son during his RN studies.

    Thank you for sharing sweet lady! xo

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  26. I love this series. You have practiced encouragement and kindness for all the years I've known you through blogging. I look forward to catching up with all the posts because it is so true that kindness makes a difference in our lives. I was touched by all the stories shared about your father-in-law from friends as well as the hospitality shown to your son at Christmas.
    Have a blessed week.

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  27. Thanks Stacy these have been wonderful posts and have brought lots of positive thoughts to mind,and it does the heart good to share, it gives joy and peace each and every time.

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  28. Stacey, I have so enjoyed reading the PERK project. Each one has been excellent and spread positivity! Thank you for sharing your sweet self!

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  29. So enjoying this project. So many wonderful acts of kindness and beautiful souls to remind us that a small act of kindness can have a large effect on someone's life.

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  30. Wonderful post Stacey. Kindness goes a long way. It also makes us feel good to give to others. Happy Wednesday.

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  31. I wanted you to know that I've read several of these posts, and I am truly humbled by the kindness of so many wonderful people. I'm disappointed in myself that I didn't participate due to other commitments (like bootcamp) because stories like this are so important.....we all could use encouragement and inspiration!

    Thanks for doing this, Stacey.

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  32. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father-in-law, Stacy. My mother-in-law passed away from the same, after 9 years of decline. It is very hard to see that happen.

    I've volunteered in many areas almost my whole life. I always felt that not only was I helping others but also myself, as I met the nicest friends through my volunteer work.

    Best wishes to both your sons--thank you to your oldest for his service to our country and bravo to your youngest. I was an RN and good dedicated RN's are so needed everywhere. It is more than a career--it is a calling!

    KIndness does matter!

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  33. This was very well done, Stacey. It really made me think and be award of more that I could do.
    Amalia
    xo

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  34. Stacey, thank for sharing your stories of kindness. Your son not being able to come home fir Christmas and being welcomed by another family is especially heartwarming.

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  35. What a beautiful post. We need so much more kindness in the world!

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  36. What a beautiful collection of inspiring quotes! So looking forward to our Wednesday gathering.

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  37. It is the little things that speak the loudest when it comes to kindness, isn't it? We may never know how much we touched someone by something small that we said or did. Great post!!

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  38. The interesting thing about kindness is that it takes such little effort and energy - maybe a moment of time, but the results can be amazing! I think when we slow down a bit and find ways to be kinder, we feel better about life itself.

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  39. This is such a sweet post, Stacey, and a wonderful message. I have been kind of a blogging slacker and just now reading about the "Perk" project. I cannot imagine two more perfect people than you and Jemma, to be heading up this project! I have some catching up to do and look forward to it.

    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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  40. Stacey, this PERK project is just wonderful. Are you planning to keep going with it? I think you could reprise it every month, to tell the truth. Spreading the kind of positivity that you and Jemma are passionate about is a wonderful goal.

    I love your examples of kindness--just reading them made my heart expand. Did I understand that you have a son in the Army? My oldest joined the Navy in 2015. He's currently training to be an F-18 pilot. Kindnesses to our children are truly touching, aren't they?

    Bless you, sweet friend!

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