There will certainly be days when this is easier said than done. You know your limits, although you may be surprised how much farther you can stretch them. I hope you use this saying to repeat to yourself when you need it. There could be many times in everyday where you are exhausted either physically or emotionally or both. These occasions could be a frustrating moment with your children, a work project that has hit a road block, a boss that is micromanaging you, a partner that is being unreasonable or maybe it’s a moment in a workout when you need to remind yourself that you got this! Your inner strength will allow you to raise the bar and push through. You will be amazed at what you can do when you dig deep and Stay Strong.
SMALL TASK: SAVE VOICEMAILS OF LOVED ONES If you have this opportunity, do not delete a message left by someone who is special to you. There may be an occasion that you want to listen to their message for a pick me up or hear their voice because you miss them terribly. The sound of someone’s voice is a precious memory that can never be replaced. If your mailbox is filling up, there is a way you can save them to your email to free up the space so you can keep it forever.
SMILE MAKER: SEND A CARE PACKAGE TO A SOLDIER There are several organizations that could help match you up with someone that could benefit from your generosity. Blue Star Moms is a place to start. Think about what would bring a smile to someone in the military that is stationed away from their home and loved ones. Be creative. Put together some practical things, some comforting items and maybe even some special gifts that were handmade. Let this admirable individual know that you appreciate them. Here are some suggested items:
Socks, Soap, Shampoo, Body Wash, Face Wash, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Floss, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Foot Powder, Baby Wipes, Sunscreen, Hand Sanitizer, Pain-relieving Topical Cream, Vicks VapoRub, Hand Warmers, Sewing Kits, Lens Cleaning Cloths, Reading Material, Handheld Video Games, Board Games, Deck of Cards, iPod, Thumb Drives with Movies or Music, Puzzles, Plastic Model Kits, Baseball Gloves/Baseballs, Batteries (AA or AAA), Pencils, 3M Wall Hooks, Hot Sauce (Taco Bell packets work), Water Flavoring Packets, Beef Jerky, Slim Jim’s, Protein Bars, Gum, Sunflower Seeds.
Complete the package with a handwritten and heartfelt note. It will fill your heart with joy and most surely bring a smile to the face of the soldier!