Be Someone Else’s Sunshine

sunshine for someone elseToday is Sunday, January 26, 2014.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.You make me happy when skies are gray.
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Many of us know what it is like to have someone be the sunshine in our lives, even if it is now a distant memory.  We may or may not have someone special like that in our lives right now, but why not make a conscious decision to be a sunshine for someone else?

I’m not necessarily talking about committing to one particular person.  I’m talking about finding ways to bring sunshine into the lives of others, perhaps on a random basis – for them, but on a continuous basis for yourself.  What can you do to spread cheer to others today, especially if you live in the Northern Hemisphere now that it is the middle of winter?

Older people and elementary school kids love to get something in the mail. Send them a greeting card, or buy a small package of pretty note cards and mail them a short, handwritten message.

Pick up the phone and call someone you love.  Tell the person you’ve been thinking about him or her and find out what’s going on in his or her life.

Buy some flowers at the grocery store and take it to the local hospital.  Ask them to deliver it to someone who doesn’t get many visitors.

Buy a few gift cards at a local grocery store for a small amount and take them to a local homeless shelter to give out, or ask your pastor to give them to folks in need.

Find out from a school social worker what kinds of things are needed.  Public schools regularly hand out boots, coats, scarves, hats and mittens to needy kids.

Offer to spend an afternoon with a neighborhood child while his or her mother gets some errands done, cleans her house without interruption, or takes a nap.

Check in on elderly folks in your neighborhood to see whether they need anything.  Offer to take them to the grocery store, or do their shopping for them.

Find out how you can send care packages to active duty servicemen and women or to veterans who are having a hard time making ends meet now that they’re back home.

The list is endless.  When you decide to be someone else’s sunshine, you will find that the sun seems to shine a lot more for yourself, too.  🙂

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