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It’s All About Character

on February 27, 2014

Today is …

National Inconvenience Yourself Day

simple_dividerInconvenience_Yourself_DayThis day is not about inconveniencing others but taking a good look at what can happen when you take a few extra moments or steps that inconvenience yourself but help others. This unique holiday asks people to pause during their busy day looking for opportunities to do something nice for someone else, practicing common courtesy, or acknowledging the positive actions of others. Something that actually should come as natural as breathing but unfortunately has lost a lot of steam because people just don’t take the time or think only of themselves.

It doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing, there is always someone somewhere watching. We should use our own actions to encourage others to pay attention to their actions, understand how those actions affect others, and adjust which actions have a negative impact on people they encounter. It’s all about paying forward a little inconvenience making it convenient for others!

Shopping_CartHere is a snapshot. Picture yourself in a hurry. You had to make a rush trip to the grocery store to pick up a needed item for dinner. You park your car and hurriedly head for the door. As you take a few steps away from your car you glance an aisle over and notice a shopping cart in the middle of the lot. An elderly lady had just struggled to step into her car with a couple of grocery bags in her arms.  She started to back up and just in time noticed the cart blocking her movement. Was it there the whole time? Did she just not see it? Did someone close to her leave it as she was getting into her own car? She sighed. Just as she was about to get out of her car to move the cart you intervene with a big smile as you walk a few car lengths out of your way to move the cart and return it where it belongs. What did you receive in return? The biggest smile ever of appreciation and gratitude. It doesn’t get better than that!

Today don’t be sorry for any inconvenience…turn your inconvenience into opportunity to help someone else! The concept is simple. The idea is embraceable. Think more about how your actions impact others . . . regardless of age.

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9 responses to “It’s All About Character

  1. superb! I have shared this far and wide!

  2. Micki Peluso says:

    Wonderful reminder–I try to do this whenever I can. It takes so little time and is appreciated–usually–by so many.

  3. Mavadelo says:

    great blog, couldn’t agree more 🙂 following

  4. Hi Sharla, at first I thought it said national Incontinence Yourself Day and I nearly wet myself. 🙂 Ignore it, just me being silly. I’ve always moved the shopping trolley out of the way, done this and that, because I hope that there are others who put themselves out with no expectation.
    Just to be sure now I’ll get some Depends.

  5. Raani York says:

    I love the idea – and I love the way to describe it – I can vividly imagine what you’ve got in mind. 🙂

  6. […] It's All About Character … National Inconvenience Yourself Day! This day is not about inconveniencing others but taking a good look at what can happen when you take a few extra moments or steps that inconvenience yourself but help others. This unique holiday asks people to pause during their busy day looking for opportunities to do something nice for someone else…  […]

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