NOVEMBER 2017 CHALLENGE

It’s November all, the season to be extra grateful for health, family, and yummy food on our plates. However, we feel like our ISP ambassadors will be thinking outside the box re gratitude this season, and as always, we figured they’ll be willing to get creative. So this year we’re challenging our gratitude champions to bring messages of thanks to those who help us every day as well as total strangers, through random acts of kindness they can do without even leaving their homes.

In addition to showing thanks, sometimes the biggest token you can give someone is through something unexpected to break up their day. Something that makes them stop, something that puts a smile on their face and brings a little mystery to their life. Don’t you always stop to read messages that someone has left in the sand? Stop to read what a child has written on the sidewalk? Or stopped to ponder some marbles a child perhaps has left in a nook of a tree? How special would it feel if those offerings had a message for us as if they were waiting for us there all day, all week, or longer?

That would be some kind of special.

So this November, we’re encouraging our ambassadors to leave messages of thanks and or inspiration for people who they think need to feel especially, well, special this Thanksgiving season. Whether ambassadors decide to write a thank you message in chalk to their mail carriers or teachers, or leave a painted rock somewhere it will brighten a stranger’s day, we’re giving ideas that make showing gratitude easy and fun this busy time of year.

Items Needed for This Month’s Challenge:

  1. Chalk
  2. Rocks, preferably on the flat side
  3. Acrylic paint (Apple Barrel is always a go-to for rock painting or Elmer’s Opaque Paint Markers )
  4. Paintbrushes
  5. Materials for thank you notes

How to do This Month’s Challenge

  1. Write a thank you note on the sidewalk with chalk for someone you want to show gratitude to: the mail carrier, the garbage collectors, the utility meter readers, a neighbor, or anyone.
  2. Paint rocks with kind messages, nice pictures, or however you want to be creative and kind, and leave them in places where someone will be tickled to find one. We’ve added some visual inspiration below.
  3. Decorate and write a thank you card to garbage collectors and tape it where they will see it to outgoing bins.
  4. Get creative! There are tons of ways to leave little offerings of gratitude to people who make our lives better.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Have you ever been surprised by something someone has done for you? How did that make you feel the rest of the day?
  2. Who do you hope finds your note/rock, and why?
  3. If you found a message in a bottle at the beach, what do you think would it say?
  4. Why are you grateful for the person(s) you left a note for?
  5. Do you think we thank our city workers enough? How are some ways we could thank them more for their service?