Gratitude can be a mindset that changes how you view the world. In fact, gratitude, or giving thanks, is an act that is very contagious at its core. Unlike the flu, it is a great thing to pass along and is welcomed by all.
Dare to see the good in people around you and share it with them. Whether it’s November or any other month – we challenge you to experience what “Tidings of Thanksgiving” will do for you and your family, not to mention the Recipient(s)!
For the next 10 days, give a “Tiding” and show some “Thanksgiving”!
Tidings of Thanksgiving Challenge Check List:
TEACHER TIDING: Write a “Thank You” to a Teacher or Coach that influenced you.
SWEET TIDING: Give a pie or treat to a neighbor, because life is sweet.
TIME TIDING: In appreciation for your parents or grandparents, call or stop by to visit an elderly person or couple to give a few minutes of your time and thank them for their advice & wisdom.
SERVICE TIDING: Pay it forward. Have a family (or friend) meeting to brainstorm who you know that could use some “service” and plan to make it happen before Thanksgiving or within the next month (eg. Yard work, dinner, fill the pantry, encouragement letters, etc).
FOOD TIDING: Be thankful for community support you’ve received in the past, and let it be someone else’s turn. Organize a Food Tidings Schedule for someone to give them hope through the holidays and/or to kick off the New Year (even if it’s just one meal a week or once a month for a few months, it doesn’t take much to help and brighten a day…and a life).
TEXT TIDINGS: Text 2 people, thanking them for something they’ve done for you; even if it’s just something simple that they may not have realized they did.
DINNER TIDING: Show warm appreciation for a friendship. Drop off a simple dinner to a family; the first family you think of, whether they “need” it or not.
SPIRITUAL TIDING: Send a note of gratitude to your Pastor or the person that encourages you spiritually, thanking them for their influence, time and effort.
FOLLOW UP TIDING: Follow up with someone and let them know you’re just thinking about them; maybe from a previous Food Tidings schedule or someone that you haven’t talked to in awhile. What name just popped up in your head? That’s the person.
WORK TIDING: Give a gesture of kindness (note, snack, dinner, dessert, etc) to someone at work (yours or your spouse’s) letting them know you appreciate them and/or the work they do.
Join us by spreading ‘Tidings’ of all sorts!
Simple gestures. A difference made, in you AND them.