I would venture to say that many have never done this, and until a about 10 years back, I hadn’t been fully doing it either. Now, I get excited when I purposely think and talk about ways to help someone else. There won’t be a ‘Love Revolution’ if we don’t do things on purpose to help others. We must have goals and press toward meeting them.
Once I became determined to make loving others the theme of my life, I hungered for a variety of ways to show love. Love is not a theory or merely talk; it is action. We can certainly love people with words that encourage and express how valuable we think they are, but we also need to use our resources of time, energy, possessions, and finances to love others.
You may be convinced you don’t have anything to give. Maybe you are in debt, doing your best to pay your bills, and the thought of giving to others is almost irritating or makes you sad because you want to give but don’t see how you can. However, there are literally thousands of ways you can give and spread love if you will search for them aggressively.
I’ve read books, searched the Internet, and been very aggressive on my own journey to find creative ways to incorporate this theme of loving people into my everyday life. I want to share some of the things I’ve learned, but I also want to encourage you to be creative and then share your ideas with others.
Practical Ways to Love on Purpose
1. When it’s obvious that someone else wants the same parking space you want, let them have it and do it with a smile.
2. Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn or shovel snow for them.
3. Clean an elderly person’s house or offer to do the grocery shopping.
4. Give someone without transportation a ride to church or another event, even if it’s out of your way.
5. Truly listen to someone without interrupting.
6. Be a polite driver.
7. Hold a door open for a stranger and let them go ahead of you.
I don’t think we realize how many people walk among us every day that feel lonely or insignificant and have had little or no experience with unconditional love. They are not accustomed to getting anything “free” or receiving anything they have not earned or deserved. I think doing things for people just to be a blessing and a ‘Good karma’ action.
My favorite acts of kindness:
One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day…
1. Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
4. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme
5. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
6. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
7. Put a coin in an expired meter.
8. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.