Read about simple things you can do to make someones day! http://daymaker.net/top-50-ways.html
I know I’m an idealist but I can’t help it….I was intrigued when I recently heard about this movement. The author is David Wagner, the book is called~ Life as a Daymaker. The book was published back in 2003, but it’s still so timely for society today. I don’t know why I haven’t heard of it before now, maybe I’ve just been too busy earning a living.. but I find so much wisdom in the concept of making someones day. I practice it every day in my flower shop. I think it’s something we could all practice, if we only gave it a thought once in a while. It has the power to change the world and move us towards kindness, love and joy. I thought about David’s comment that ” it’s hard to focus on your own problems if you are living life as a Daymaker. ”
It reminded me of a time many years ago when I worked in a nursing home. My friends used to ask me how I could do it. Everyone found it depressing, but I always found that it helped me to be more positive. When I looked around each day it made me realize that there was always someone who had it worse than me. I learned to count my blessings in small ways. I made a difference in a life, in my own small way, and that always made me feel great.
A woman came into the flower store one day a number of years ago, and she asked me to make a corsage. She came back the next day, she paid for it, and asked me to give it to the next person who needed a corsage. I couldn’t believe it. You can imagine my surprise when another woman called later in the day and asked if she could order an inexpensive corsage. She explained that she didn’t have much money, but that she really wanted to get this corsage for her mother for an upcoming special occasion. When that woman found out that she was going to be the recipient of a free corsage, paid for by a prior customer, she became so emotional. I’m not even sure that she believed the whole thing was true. She kept thinking that I was the one giving her a free corsage. I kept trying to explain to her that it was paid for by a stranger, who wanted to be a “Daymaker”. It’s a movement we could all engage in.
In the words of David Wagner “ Just be Kind, it only takes a moment to make someones day. Each of those actions can sustain us. Those moments can even change lives”.
You can read excerpts from the book on Amazon, or purchase the book here:
Park Place Books~ A local Kirkland Bookstore
Thirdplace Books~ An Independent Book Seller
Amazon.com an online book store: