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Please? It’s My Birthday!

Please? It’s My Birthday!

I want you to do something for me.

I know that’s a strange thing for me to say, since usually I make it a point to use this space to make you laugh.

But, I want you to do something for me.  Actually, 12 things, really.  But 1 is fine, too.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Birthday December 12th 2012 12-12-12 Kindness 12 For 12 CelebrateMy birthday is December 12.

It is every year.

Usually, I hope everyone forgets it.

I love to celebrate other people’s birthdays, but I prefer to simply smile at mine and move on.

But, not this year.

This year, as I’m sure you’ve already noticed, it will fall on 12-12-12.  I think that’s kind of cool, so I have decided to do something different for my birthday this year.

This is a unique year, so I am going to do something unique.  I am going to ask all of the people in my life, and you are certainly an important part of my life, to give me a gift.   And, I want the same gift from everyone.

I want you to do a nice thing for 12 different people.

12 acts of kindness for 12 different people.  12 for 12.  12-12.

If you start today, you could do just one nice thing a day and still finish early.  Get your kids in on it, too.

It can be whatever you want.  Kindness can be expressed in uncountable ways.

Sweep neighbors’ walks.  Give out socks or gloves or shoes or hats to homeless people.  Give Post It note pads to teachers.  Donate coats to your local battered women’s shelter.  Bake cookies for your local firefighters.  Smile at the rude clerk.  Bite your tongue when you had every right to let it loose.  Visit patients at a nursing home.  Give out coffee or cookies to people at the bus stop.

Teach a kid who needs some attention how to throw a decent spiral or to build a bird house or to bake a cake.  Plant a tree for someone who lost all of theirs in a storm.  Forgive someone who’s hurt you.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Birthday December 12th 2012 12-12-12 Kindness 12 For 12 Celebrate

Call up someone you know needs to talk.  Invite that lonely person you know over to dinner.  Walk the dogs at the dog rescue near you.  Leave a bag of groceries on the step of someone you know is struggling.  Wash someone’s car.

Stick quarters in parking meters that are about to run out.  Pass out McDonalds’ ice cream cone gift certificates.   Say something encouraging to the first 12 people you bump into.  Call up someone who inspired you and tell them all of the nice things you’d say about them if they went to Heaven today.  End an argument you didn’t start.  Bridge a chasm you didn’t dig.  Put your bar b q out front and give out hot dogs to everyone who comes by.  Pass out packs of gum.  Write an encouraging note to your waitress.

There are a million different kind things to do.  Small or big – they all matter.  I know you’ll come up with a bunch of great ideas.

It can be 12 different things or the same thing for 12 different people.   Whatever.

If you don’t have time for 12, do whatever you can.  It could be one thing.  Anything.  Just do something.

Even if all you can fit into your life in the next 13 days is one act of kindness, please do it.

And, I hope you’ll tell me what you do, too.  I’d love to have you post about it in a comment here to inspire others.  If it’s something you want to keep just between the two of us you can shoot me an email here.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Birthday December 12th 2012 12-12-12 Kindness 12 For 12 Celebrate

I can think of no better birthday present than to hear about the nice things you did. 

So, please.

12 acts of kindness in 12 days.

12 for 12.

For me.  For my birthday.

And, for you.  Because you’ll be glad you did it.

Make someone’s day.  Make my year.  Go for 12-12.

Thank you in advance for all that you do.

-gina

I’m looking forward to hearing about what you did.  Shoot me a comment.  I’m sure it will inspire others.

You are welcome to tell me about what you did in an email, too, if you would be more comfortable with that.  I will, of course, keep that confidential.

 

29 Responses
  • Vinny C
    November 30, 2012

    Be nice? Be nice to 12 people!?! That’s kind of a stretch, but I’ll give it a go… for you. Hey! Does that count as one of my 12 acts of kindness?

    • gina valley
      November 30, 2012

      Thank you, Vinny! I’m sure you’ll have no trouble racking up 12.

  • Jon Whiting
    November 30, 2012

    I’m in… Sounds like a great idea. It will even give me something to write about in my own blog. How fun… I’ll be in touch by the 12th to inform you of the results. Thank you for the inspiring words. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    • gina valley
      November 30, 2012

      Thank you, Jon! I am looking forward to reading about how it goes for you.

  • Wow Gina, what a fabulous idea and I would be more then happy to give you this gift by helping others. Oh heck, I’ve already done my good deed for today but doesn’t mean I can’t do two in one day right!

    This is my first visit to your blog and I love it already. Where have I been? I love fun and cool blogs that entertain us all while helping us along the way.

    So I’ll be back for sure on the 12th to wish you an official happy birthday but for now I’d be more then happy to help spread the word.

    Have a blessed and beautiful day as well as weekend.

    ~Adrienne

    • gina valley
      November 30, 2012

      Thank you, Adrienne! And, welcome! I am so glad you stopped by. I love to share laughs and I am happy you are here.
      Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this. I think it could be a great thing for everyone. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

  • kenyagjohnson
    November 30, 2012

    What a sweet idea! My moms birthday is 12/12, mine in is 12/13 and my son 12/14. How about THAT!

    • gina valley
      November 30, 2012

      Thank you, Kenya!
      Your family sounds so much like mine! My dad, 2 of my sisters, both of my grandma’s, and 3 of my nieces also have birthdays in December. We say all the cool people were born that month! None of my kids were born in that month, though,so don’t tell them I said that! Lol!

      • kenyagjohnson
        December 1, 2012

        LOL!! Well I forgot to mention my husband 12/29 but he’s not a Sag so I say he doesn’t count for cool either 😉

        • gina valley
          December 1, 2012

          That’s one of my sisters’ birthday! How funny!

  • Ditas
    December 1, 2012

    This is a great idea for a birthday wish. Will start immediately. 🙂

    • gina valley
      December 1, 2012

      Thank you! I am so glad to hear that!

  • Leigh
    December 1, 2012

    This might be a duplicate … I love this! Happy birthday!!
    I will definitely try to visit someone in a home this holiday season.
    Leigh

    • gina valley
      December 1, 2012

      Thank you, Leigh! I’m so glad you’re joining in!

  • LookingfortheSweetSpot
    December 1, 2012

    Yep – that is a great idea!!! Happy early Birthday

    • gina valley
      December 1, 2012

      Thank you!

  • Nikki
    December 1, 2012

    Happy early birthday! My birthday is on December 18th. This is a really cool post and i’m on it! I hope your having a great Saturday. I’m stopping by from Voiceboks.

    • gina valley
      December 1, 2012

      Thank you, Nikki!
      December 18th is one of my sisters’ birthday, too! Small world!
      I’m so glad you’re joining in.
      Welcome! I’m glad you stopped by.

  • Courtney~Club-Content
    December 2, 2012

    What a great idea! I like to just pass over mine as well. Maybe we should all do this more on all of our birthdays?;)

    • gina valley
      December 3, 2012

      Thank you, Courtney!
      I think it would be great if everyone did it on their birthday, too.

  • codyg
    December 2, 2012

    Love this! I am definitely inspired to commit to 12 acts of kindness in your honor 🙂 Hope you have a happy birthday!

    • gina valley
      December 3, 2012

      Thank you, Cody! I appreciate that. I’m looking forward to hearing what you do.

  • Kim Gane
    December 3, 2012

    Gina! This is lovely! You know, I’ve actually recently done a few of the things on your list above, not the least of which is to look people in the eye and smile at them. To connect. That’s really what you’re talking about, isn’t it? To give of our time, of our energy, of our hope and of our warmth. We do each have the power to make someone’s day better or to take a big fat crap on it. I can say from experience, it comes back to you in spades. It’s amazing what just smiling making eye contact with someone can do for their day, and for yours. So, until the end of the world, I’ll be doing it with you in mind. xo –KimWCPosse

    • gina valley
      December 11, 2012

      Thank you, Kim!
      Isn’t it amazing the difference it makes just smiling at someone? You can see their whole demeanor relax.
      Yes, connecting with people, giving a bit of ourselves to them is exactly what I am talking about.
      I am so glad that you are joining in!

  • Roz K. Walker
    December 3, 2012

    What a great, unselfish wish for your birthday! I wish you a great one! You have inspired me to deliver 12 kinds acts.

    • gina valley
      December 4, 2012

      Thank you, Roz! I’m so glad you’re joining in!