Admonsta has unknowingly encouraged me to participate in the Positivity Challenge, with inspiration from actionforhappiness.org. The month of July is all about Giving, a different task for each day of the month.
I didn’t complete them all, far from it in fact, but I’m here to share my successes.
1 Research charities and find out what appeals to you: I’ve been a blood donor since about 2009. I always had this idea of donating blood at every opportunity (quarterly), however, life gets in the way, the closest donor centre is almost an hour away, I go overseas, I get tattoos/piercings, etc. and therefore I have donated four times in almost five years. But the main reason is, I forget.
My most recent donation was on Monday 7th July; about a week prior to that, I read an article about why Cristiano Ronaldo (I think it was him) doesn’t get tattoos… because he’s a blood donor. I didn’t look into the rules about donating blood in his country, but Australians must wait six-months after a tattoo to donate blood. That article made me jump online to Australian Red Cross Blood Service and book an appointment on my next day off. As it turns out, the blood bus was due to be in my town the very next week! I did a lot of reading about blood, the components, how long it takes to create those components again in my body, etc. I talked about it endlessly at work, and the day after that, a colleague said “I booked in to donate blood on Friday”.
I’ve now started to look into becoming a bone marrow donor. I knew very little about this four weeks ago but now I’m keen, so at my next blood donation, I will be signing up. My work colleagues said, “You don’t want to do that, it’s not a very nice procedure.” To which I thought, attitudes like that are exactly the reason I do need to sign-up, because you know what else isn’t ‘nice’? Having a condition which requires a bone marrow donation.
2 Leave a note with an uplifting saying in a public place: I didn’t quite follow the brief on this. For the past month, another employee has been parking so close to my (and others’) cars that on four occasions I have had to crawl through the passenger side to get into my car. So I left a note on her windscreen asking her to be more mindful of the car to her left… and I put “thanks” and a smiley face at the end. So she will probably feel awful initially, but her spatial awareness is crap. And I know of six others who will be much happier for not having to perform yoga to get into their cars.
3 Do a job for someone to make their day easier: While waiting for a coffee at my workplace cafeteria, there was a physio dude in front of me. The woman behind the counter asked the physio if he had any exercises for carpal tunnel. He said “my wife is a physio who specialises in hands and arms, you should ask her.” I piped up and said “I can verify this, because I have carpal tunnel myself and am a patient of <Mr Physio’s> wife… I can give you a copy of the exercises and information she gave me.” Cafeteria lady was very pleased. Two days later when I saw her again, I gave her the information, demonstrated the exercises and she was excited and thankful.
6 Say something nice to someone: This month, I have complimented two colleagues on their nails (sparkly Cadbury purple, and a deep red), and also told another colleague that she looked really nice (because she did). I never used to give compliments, I’d just think to myself “she looks nice” or “her nails look cool” but now I just say it. I remember, I went to a Lorraine Lea Linen party (or something like that) and the woman who was hosting the party had her teenage daughter there, who had Down Syndrome. One of her ways of interacting and connecting with people was to compliment them. Throughout the party she kept saying to various people, “I like your dress”, “I like your hair”, and then finally she says to someone “I like your boobies”. Hilarious.
8 Clear out some of your old things and donate the decent stuff (be generous): Tonnes of clothes and homewares. I’m a minimalist. I love chucking stuff out. But I hate waste. I always take my stuff to the local Salvos bin but I should probably mix it up and take it to the Vinnie’s bin next time. I live in a low-socioeconomic town, and it’s a very comfortable life for me, so donating to the local Salvation Army or St Vincents, I feel like I actually get to see the impact of my donations… when I see some dude wearing my old t-shirt! I used to try to sell a lot of my stuff that I no longer needed on eBay but 1) I can’t be bothered with postage, and 2) I feel so much better giving it away to someone who will appreciate it.
9 Give a flower to someone: I planted snowpeas in my veggie patch in May and the other day I noticed one had finally produced an edible pod! I left it and when my Mum came over the following day, I picked it and shared it with her because I know how much she likes them.
18 Write a positive online review for a business you have used: I have dined at two places in Maryborough VIC, recently and did a quick Yelp review of both – one had sensational coffee, the other did a great parma.
19 Make a warm drink for someone: I always make coffee for people. But that’s because I’m trying to push the Nespresso brand, because I love my Nespresso, and even after three years the novelty of coffee pods hasn’t worn off. Come on over, I’ll make you a coffee.
20 Call a friend to ask how they are: I called my sister, in America, for the first time in months. We FaceTimed. It was so fun. I just forget that I can call her. And I think she is probably disappointed by this. We had a great conversation and I will do it more often now because it’s so cheap. Mum reckons it probably made her day that I called. I feel warm and fuzzy.
25 Bake a cake for a friend: For the last month or so, I’ve been baking a banana cake on a weekly basis due to over ripe bananas; I don’t bake it for anyone specifically, but I always share it. My most recent cake was my first attempt at a carrot cake – I already had all the ingredients in the house which is a first for me. I have a colleague who likes carrot cake so I took a large slice of the cake to him – it wasn’t too bad.
10/31 – I could’ve worked harder at this, but I’m still happy with the effort.