Read about my outcomes for #60for60, for my attempts to engage in acts of kindness and gratitude in the 60 days leading up to my 60th birthday.
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Pick one or more and engage in them yourself, any time!
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Comment on my blog to wish me “Happy Birthday” and tell your stories on or after 8/22/14.
Enjoy! 6/21 – 8/22/14
60 FOR 60:
60 ACTS OF KINDNESS AND GRATITUDE
FOR THE 60 DAYS PRECEDING MY 60TH BIRTHDAY
June 21, 2014 to 8/22/14
Give a very good tip. SEVERAL times.
Pay for someone’s gas. No opportunities (not enough extra funds)
Pay someone’s fees to foster a dog or cat from shelter. No opportunities (not enough extra funds)
Leave change in a vending machine. No opportunities (not near any machines)
Donate a random amount of money to a homeless person. No opportunities where it would have been private.
Open doors for people. SEVERAL times.
Give genuine compliments to someone’s very unseen blogs. SEVERAL times.
Donate supplies I don’t use. SEVERAL times: Turns out I’m moving!
LetsSayThanks.com Didn’t do.
Give someone an umbrella: Brought an extra one on my cross-country move. Maybe my sister will use it!
Let someone behind me go in front of me in a line. SEVERAL times.
Clean a neighbor’s curb area or put their garbage cans back after pick-up. SEVERAL times.
Buy someone’s groceries in the checkout. No opportunities (not enough extra funds, but gave away a LOT of food during my move give-aways)
Pick up the tab for a random family/person. No opportunities (not enough extra funds, but gave away so many items to single parents and seniors during my move give-aways)
Buy some carry-out lunch and deliver it to a homeless person. Told story about this in previous post.
Give compliments to people. Several times
Buy some toys a child might like and leave them on their porch. Gave to a parent, instead.
Post about something useful to others.Several times, according to comments and thanks.
Go to the bank and deposit money into other’s account. No opportunities (not enough extra funds)
Pay off someone’s layaway at a store. No opportunities (not enough extra funds)
Cook lunch or dinner for someone I know and bring to them.Several times, served here rather than delivered.
Buy a college student’s textbook or lunch. No opportunities (not enough extra funds)
Leave a thank -you note at every farmers’ market vendor’s stall. Thanked them orally, instead.
Collect coupons and leave at laundromats. Didn’t do. Don’t collect coupons.
Leave Buddhist magazines at homeless shelters. Donated them to someone who is working at organization that serves homeless youth and families, instead.
Donate clothes, coats, shoes. SEVERAL times: Turns out I’m moving!
Reserve a coffee at coffee shop. I don’t go to coffee shops.
Read someone’s writing and give constructive feedback, for free, even though I’m a professional editor. Several times.
Send a thank-you note to every family member. Done by email and Facebook posts.
Send a thank-you note to every friend. Done by email and Facebook posts.
Offer to edit, rewrite, or help write something for someone for free. Did four+ times. Great responses.
Respond to someone’s comments with positive statements in FB, LinkedIn, Google+ groups. Several times.
Thank group moderators in above groups.Haven’t done all, but have done some.
Tweet about someone else’s writing, music or art. Several times.
RT or repost someone’s great quote. Several times.
Vote up someone’s submission on Reddit, StumbleUpon, Youtube. Several times.
Thank every cashier and waitron I can’t tip. Several times.
Offer to help someone who seems to need help at stores, farmers’ market, library. Several times.
Donate books to library book sale. Several times.
Donate food to food bank. Several times.
Offer a ride to someone with burdens walking to the BART or bus. No opportunity.
Buy a BART ticket and give it away. No opportunities (haven’t been near BART)
Leave tips in tip jars even when I don’t buy anything. Tipped two people who usually don’t get tipped.
Donate to my spiritual teacher even when I don’t see him. Actually, got to see him. Wonderful.
Get and give coupons for free ebooks to teachers. No opportunities.
Write positive reviews for books and rank them on Amazon. Several times.
Visit one church or temple per month and donate to charity tray/basket Didn’t do.
Send thank-you notes to musicians, writers, artists whose work I appreciate Did a few.
Send thank-you notes to teachers or their children/spouses. No opportunities.
Scan then post/email photos from albums for friends, family and let them know. Several times.
Make Youtube vids thanking writing support groups leaders/members and cover artist, Willowraven, reviewers and beta readers then post. Started CHANGES Hangout On Air 8/6 and do THANK-YOUs in every episode.
Pay someone’s parking meter. No opportunity (no meters around here).
Compliment a parent on their parenting in public place. Done twice. Fabulous responses.
Compliment/thank a public servant. Thanked some BART guards walking around the Farmers’ Market (near the BART).
Write letter to editor thanking honest, dedicated local politicians. Wish I knew any around here.
Blog about gratitude to my/one’s ancestors. Not done, yet.
Share positive stories about people I knew who are now dead to their living descendants. Not done, yet.
Thank Buddhist sangha members and/or support one’s retreat. Donated books, clothing, ritual items to retreatants/practitioners./strong>
I LOVED doing 60 for 60, even though I didn’t get to them all, I did a lot more than 60 acts!
Find someone else whose birthday is today and wish them “Happy Birthday!” Do kind and generous acts of your own choosing, any day, every day.