The 12th stop is our last stop in our Holiday Gifts of Kindness Road Tour. Before I share this last story, I would like to take a moment and reflect on our mission and how our giving gave me one of the best Holiday Season's in a very long time.
2016 has brought on a lot of negativity. I think we have all seen that. However, what I noticed in the last couple months and especially the last few weeks, is how kindness has been a prevelant story in the Media, Social Media, in Communities locally, across the United States and abroad. Kindness DOES matter!
I personally feel kindness is something that should be in our every day lives. Not to say that things are not going to bother us, annoy us or make us upset, however, we can choose kindness. When you choose to be kind, YOU are making the difference in your own life. You are controlling the kindness and at the end of the day, one small act of kindness can truly make the difference. Here's an example.
I had to run into a auto parts store for spray paint for my husband. Quick in and out, right? Wrong! With three people running the counter, and a line, I was stuck and honestly ,a little unhappy about it. What I decided to do when it was my time to come up to pay is I smiled at the person and walked up. Her demeanor immediately changed. She smiled back and thanked me for waiting. We chatted about our Christmas and how it seems everyone has a cold or flu this year. She complimented me on my necklace and said thank you, with a smile, again. You see, we ALL knew they were busy, we all felt a degree of dread for waiting, and yet, by simply smiling and chatting with a positive attitude, she felt appreciated, I felt the wait was worth my while now, and I left not feeling irritated, rather better than when I arrived. A simple, small kind smile helped me and another person.
The feeling of being the positive in the negative is what inspired me to begin Holiday Gifts of Kindness. Being thanked, appreciated, and thought of is one of the best feelings we can have, and that is what we set out to do!
You could see that on some of our Holiday Gifts of Kindness, we teamed up with local businesses, and for this one, Jersey Mikes partnered with us. Jason, the manager at Jersey Mikes (4009 S. Meridian. Puyallup 98373), was so generous and gave us some free sandwich gift cards.
Our last stop on our road tour literally took us to our back yard. Well, to the business that connects our yards. Tammie and Robert, the owners of That Sticker Store here in Puyallup (11601 100th Ave Ct E, Puyallup 98373) are our go-to business when we need stickers and banners. We also use their business for our vehicle wraps. They are always phenomenal to work with, their product is superior and their turn around times are on the mark! We are very thankful to work with them and have them in our Community. If you ever have the opportunity to work with That Sticker Store, please do. You won't be sorry!
"Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things, even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy we receive that drives these simple acts. When we perform acts of kindness, driven soley by an insatiable desire to love one another, there is kindness in everything we think, say and do."