It is still early in the new year of 2014.  Consider establishing the daily habit of caring for at least one person who is suffering.  Start a small notebook and call it Opportunity 2014.  Each page is a new day, and on each page note one small act of kindness and caring which you did.  I can almost guarantee you, if you reach out each day and care for someone, your life with be richer and, at the same time, you will be making our world a better, healthier and happier place.

Who do you know today, in your family, neighborhood, workplace, church who is suffering?

Need some ideas on how to care for that person, check out the Simple Ways to Show You Care section on my website.  This section contains actual people who have suffered, and tells some of the favorite ways in which others cared for them.  Here are some of their suggestions:

  • Cook a dinner for my family and offer a choice of two main courses.  Bring the food in disposable containers.  Also, I am lonely; so, offer to dine with me.
  • Bring me a hostess basket filled with an array of treats from chocolate kisses to fresh fruit to home-baked cookies.  Then, I have something to offer visitors or caregivers.
  • Receiving a note or card is like being hugged.
  • I love receiving flowers.  They are signs of hope to me.
  • Hire someone to come to the hospital or to my house and give me a manicure, professional back rub or a haircut.
  • During a crisis, a friend gave me a small cross to remind me of God’s constant presence.  Every day that cross either sets on my desk or is carried in my pocket.  It reminds me of God’s love.
  • Phone me regularly to say, “I’m thinking of you.”

Please consider establishing a daily caring habit.

Sherri Maat

Sherri Maat