Vintage Snowman Cookies for Desserts for the Deserving
A simple act of kindness can brighten anyone’s day. That is what I am hoping for these simple snowman cookies for my recipient of the Desserts for the Deserving initiative. Desserts for the Deserving was established in 2011, by Amanda Rettke from I am Baker. It was created with the sole purpose of bringing people joy. It is a non-profit movement where bloggers, bakers, crafters, and all forms of creative people offer up time and resources to bring strangers joy. I am hoping that my snowman cookies will bring a smile to my recipient’s face.
Normally, our gifts go out during the summer time. I was so excited this year to find out that it was going to be during Christmas. What a fun time to send an unexpected gift? I love that a simple random act of kindness can brighten anyone’s day. The other day, a stranger was in the drive thru line at Starbucks. The car in front of them had paid for their drink. The only distinguishing mark on the car was an Ironwood CrossFit sticker. The woman went on Facebook and sent a message to the owner about how hectic her life has been lately and what a wonderful pick me up the cup of coffee was for her that day. A simple cup of coffee or latte. Probably about $4.00, brightened someone’s day. It’s just that simple.
As the weather turns chilly, our attitudes do not have to. When you are waiting in long lines, try to remember the workers at the stores are doing the best that they can. A kind word, a gracious response even if they are short with you can extend grace to another. It starts with you and me. The other day a friend on Facebook has asked, “do manners still exist?” Even if it seems that manners are disappearing from our society. We can have them. We can teach them to our kids and we can model for our kids through our actions.
One of the neat things about being involved with Desserts for the Deserving is to read the nominations. Friends, family, co-workers and neighbors nominate their friends. My nominee is known for her kindness and care for others. She has been experiencing difficult times and loss, yet in the midst of it all is a testimony of generosity. While my gift of cheery little snowman cookies is small, I hope it brightens her day. Just like she has done for so many around her.
So take a moment today or this week, to slow down. Enjoy the simple things of life. Buy someone a cup of coffee. Let someone go in front of you in line. Give a kind word to an overworked and probably very tired retail worker. You never know, what a simple act of grace can do for someone else.