Tuesday, November 1, 2016

#ThankfulActs Day 1: Thank a Door-holder


Welcome to the #ThankfulActs challenge, day 1!  In these weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I'm going to post challenges for myself on specific things I can do to show gratitude.  I invite you to join with me.  Comment below to accept the day's challenge, to give ideas for other daily challenges, or to tell us how you've shown thankfulness today.

Challenges don't have to be difficult, and today's challenge should be easy:  thank a door-holder.  Go beyond a mumbled, quiet, "thanks" and make it an auditory "Thank you!" accompanied by eye-contact.  On the flip-side, you could be a door-holder, and express thanks to the person for whom you are holding the door. Either way works.  


Picture:  Young boy holds door for elderly man
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Let me know how it goes!

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Thanks for door holders!

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10 comments:

  1. Gladly, I will accept this challenge, as it is something I regularly do.

    May I suggest an idea - thank a custodian. It's an important job in our society, but I think they are not really appreciated.

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    1. Great idea, and I know just the time to use it. Stay tuned!

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    2. I like this idea. My old elementary school just had a fiftieth anniversary celebration open house. I did not attend and my sister was just saying we really should have. We had a janitor there the whole time I was in school who did all that work for us students. He was always so friendly and joked around with everyone, always stopping, with his mop and bucket in the hall, to talk for a few minutes. I wish I had gone and could have thanked him for that. I won't ever forget his genuine kindness and I am sure I am not the only one.

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  2. I accept this challenge. Here are some more ideas. Return a grocery cart for someone. Get an item from a shelf when it might be difficult for them to reach up or bend down. Let someone waiting to merge into your lane, even though you are really in a hurry. When you see that someone has gone out of the way to do something very helpful for someone you don't know, make an effort to in someway recognize their effort, without calling undue attention to the recipient.

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    1. Great ideas! I particularly like your last suggestion--watch for it in an upcoming challenge.

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  3. I actually had an extended conversation with a few folks over the doors today!!! Good reminder!

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    1. Such a little thing, like holding a door, can mean a lot!

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  4. While I am 5 days late I do accept and I think this is a nice thing to do every day!

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    1. These challenges can certainly be completed any time!

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  5. Great idea. Thanksgiving here in Canada has come and gone, but there is a thing called #GivingTuesday and so I can put this challenge toward that. I do appreciate door holding, but when you can't see, for me anyway, it makes things a little more difficult. I don't see the person holding the door and can't judge for myself where it is, like I do by putting my hand out, to be sure it isn't about to close on me. I guess this is where trust in the goodness of people comes in. I have faith and I walk out and say thank you.
    :-)

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!