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Kindness Jar (Isolation Version)

I have read about kindness jars, and last week I decided to try using one. There were several reasons for this including the fact that when you are isolating with people you often take them for granted, and you can sometimes forget to be kind to each other. Another reason is that you often forget to be kind to yourself.

I made several slips that we draw after lunch. So far it’s been a hit!

The only rules I made is that you cannot do the same thing two days in a row, and if you don’t want to do one, then you may put it back, but then you have to draw two more. We also have been a bit flexible, eg., on the days it was raining no one had to go birdwatching. The task was completed on a sunny day instead.

Below are the ones I put in my jar. Feel free to use any or make up whatever suits you and your current companions instead.

Suggestions for a Kindness Jar

Do a chore.

Give a member of your family a 5 minute massage.  

Ask someone to share an uplifting 5-15 minute video with you.

Send someone a picture of an animal.

Compliment someone.

Tell someone that you are proud of them for something.

Make someone a card.

Tell someone that you appreciate them and what for.

Draw or colour something for someone.

Make someone a healthy snack you think that they will like.

Ask someone to share part of their current favourite book with you.

Be kind to an animal.

Tell someone a joke.

Be kind to some plants; spend 15 minutes working in the garden.

Ask someone to share a current favourite song with you.

Ask someone what small kind thing you can do for them today.

Stretch for 10-15 minutes.

Spend 10-15 minutes birdwatching.

Spend 15 minutes in the backyard.

Spend 5-10 minutes meditating with someone else.

Ask someone about what they enjoying right now. Listen.

Make someone a cup of tea.

Spend 10-15 minutes writing a poem.

Be like my forget me nots.

I’d love to hear if you decide to do one yourself and what the results are. Or if you have already used a kindness jar, what other tasks did you put in there.

Bonus: My creative writing teacher posted my creative nonfiction essay on his blog. Yay! Click here to read it.

Another bonus: I am hoping that I can participate in all 7 weeks of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Eenie Meenie Miney Mini Writing Challenge. My first story is called “The Knight’s Princess”. 

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@Copyright 2020 Linda Schueler

Halloweensie Writing Contest 2019

Happy Hallowe’en!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for the Halloweensie writing contest! Yay!

This year’s challenge, as taken from Susanna Leonard Hill’s website, is: “…write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words potion, cobweb, and trick.” You can read all the rules if you click here.

Read on for my submission.

A Hairy Potion 

Celia had missed class and had borrowed Melinda’s notes for the animal making potion. She threw in a handful of cobwebs.

Celia frowned as she read the next ingredient. 

Hair fur

Hair fur? What was that?

Her hair wasn’t furry, but it would have to do. Celia pulled out one of her own hairs and threw it into the potion.

Poof! Another Celia stood next to her, blinking.

The teacher chuckled. “The trick to making this animal potion is to put in h-a-r-e fur.”

Celia laughed. “Melinda!”

“Sorry, Celia, you know my spelling isn’t good!”