On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.
It’s getting harder and harder for me to come up with compelling MMMs . . . I guess that’s a good thing? Less areas of life that need extreme tweaking? (Im always open to suggestions!!!)
I’d been half-heartedly toying with a “no eating out” challenge for February, but Damian was none too keen (imagine a supersad frown and a whispered “but I take great pleasure in eating out”, *heart melt*), and to be honest I couldn’t blame him. This is about doing right by ourselves and doing right by the world – not about exercises in needless sacrifice!
I was drawing a blank as the new month was drawing near. Then – such perfect timing – reader Kathryn left this comment on the MMM16 wrap-up :
“Mine is to decide to be happy and not let the unhappiness of others, or circumstances, take that away from me so easily. As part of that mission, I decided I need to do more random acts of kindness, because this reminds me that I do have control over the energy I’m putting into the world. This month, I picked 3 random strangers with recently updated Amazon wishlists and sent each person a gift from their wish list with a note of explanation and a request that they pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else.”
Isn’t that beautiful? I adore the idea – bravo Kathryn! What a way to impact the world . . . imagine the ‘love ripple’ that will spread from this single sweet gesture! Kathryn explains the details :
“A good way to go about this, in case anyone else wants to try it: To search for wishlists on Amazon, you have to enter a name, email address, etc. I decided to pick first names of friends (e.g. “Bill) to use as search terms and pick strangers from the results. The search results come back with wishlists that have been updated recently at the top of the list. I picked from these since a recently updated wishlist is more likely to be accurate.”
So that’s it, our February MMM! Do it once in the month or do it once a week, as often (or not) as you want. Spend as little or as much as you want. Do it anonymously or include your info, but please do offer an explanation and ask that they pay it forward. We want that ripple to grow into a tidal wave of love!