Katie Montaung blogs at Heading Home. She is host to Five Minute Friday where she gives us a prompt word, and we write about it for five minutes. Today's word is-
I know five, as in minutes, is going very fast right now that I can't think of anything to write about. So I've come up with five things that you should do everyday.
1-Live in a posture of gratitude. No matter how rough your life is at the moment, someone is always worse off. Pray for those people. Lift others up. In doing so and not concentrating on the negative you will find your blessings.
2-Smile at everyone even if you don't feel like it. You will not only cheer others, but yourself as well. As St. Teresa of Calcutta said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."
3-Pray without ceasing. Find a quiet space if at all possible and study scripture, pray a rosary, etc, but if you just can't find that time, remember your work is your prayer. Offer everything you do to God. Talk to Him while you mop the floor. Converse with the Blessed Mother as you cook dinner. She was once in your place. Think of them as a friend that has dropped over to visit while you fold the laundry.
4-Spend at least a half an hour outside. Take a walk, play with your kids/pet in the yard, eat a meal on the porch. The body needs fresh air and sunshine. Don't take the beautiful gifts of nature that the Lord has given us for granted.
5-Do an act of kindness for at least one person. While we can't always afford to pick up the check for the person in the drive-thru behind, we can do things that cost us absolutely nothing except a little time. Offer to run an errand for someone who is sick or has a lot of little one at home. Chances are you can combine it with you own errands. Take some cookies and a smile to that lonely neighbor who never seems to have any visitors. Put someone's newspaper on their porch as you walk by.
Most of these things and many more take little effort on our part. You will not only make someone's day but your own as well.