Happy birthday USA! Isn’t it great to be independent?
What are YOU doing today? We’re having a par-tay over here and I am making a deliberate attempt to not swim, bike, run or exert myself at all. We always have a big get together on July 4th that involves margaritas and fireworks and fried chicken and Left, Right Center. This party makes me feel like I have friends. Usually no one loses an eye, except the dog.
I say it all the time: as athletes we can self-involved. Training plans, paces, early mornings, maximizing our sleep and carb/protein intake. We forget sometimes to be the best friend, daughter, mother, spouse, sister that we can be. We forget it’s not all about us (or I do).
One small gesture can change or make someone’s day (from HERE). Of course I had to add some commentary.
- Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator. Unless they’re creepy or have gas. Then don’t even get in the elevator.
- Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her. Especially if she’s a MILF.
- Pay the toll for the driver behind you. Next time, try to get behind him and hope he remembers.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you're rushing. Don’t forget to say, “Seriously? You don’t know where that is?” really sarcastically.
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail. This might be construed as kind of stalkerish, if you are the 75 year old man writing to a six year old girl down the street. Use your best judgment.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather. Make sure they cook you dinner with those groceries.
- Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend. But only if Proflowers.com is having a sale.
- Say "please" and "thank you"—and really mean it. Especially if you want something.
- Don't interrupt when someone is explaining herself. Unless you have a way to “one-up” them. Then it’s allowed.
- Let a fellow driver merge into your lane. And give him/her the finger for good measure.
- Offer to baby-sit for a single mom. If she’s a MILF.
- Put your shopping cart back in its place. WTF? Those guys are paid to get the carts. I’m not paid to return them.
- Call or write to a teacher who changed your life. Definitely call at like 4 a.m. after a few beers.
- Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office. For me that means bringing a dozen donuts into my home office and eating them all myself.
- Simply say "I'm sorry" when you're wrong. Is it okay to do this under your breath so the other person doesn’t hear? What about my pride?
- Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park. Unless it contains needles or condoms.
- Ask someone "How are you really doing?"—and then really listen to her response. Then turn the conversation to you and your training.
- Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short. Make sure the change you give them is in a different currency.
- Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together. If it’s a picture, make sure it is your good side and oh well if it’s not hers.
- Pass along a great book you've just finished reading. Knitting Dog Hair is a good one.
I’m kidding. I really am a nice person when I remember to be.
What act of kindness did you do today? It’s still early, but I cleaned up my dog’s puke. I’m sure there will be more selfless acts to come.