Monday, September 10, 2018

Random Acts Of Kindness/Ten On The Tenth

It's time for Ten On The Tenth where ten bloggers share ideas for under $10.00.

When I was an obnoxious teenager, I read a lot of running from the castle books.

That's what my step mom called my favorite genre of literature.

You may be familiar with this type of fiction.  There is always a mystery at a castle. A young woman is driven to solve the mystery only to be under a threat by some unknown villain. Just as she is about to solve the mystery she runs from the castle and is rescued by a handsome hero.
I've always wondered why these young women run from the castle into the dangers outside.
It's a mystery.

Does anyone write this type of novel anymore?

 I was a little self absorbed during my teenage years and I immersed myself in this type of book.
The world went on with me in oblivion.

I don't remember what I did to get into trouble but I was banned from reading my much loved novels as punishment.

In the second part of the punishment, I was required to do something kind for someone every day for 30 days.

For 30 days I had to perceive something that someone needed. It was to be done in anonymity.

My memory can't recall what the 30 things were but this life lesson has never left me.

I learned to observe others around me, to see what they needed and act without receiving praise or credit.

Bringing flowers to people is a great way to show kindness.
There are many beautiful bouquets under $10.00 at the grocery store.
Something from the yard doesn't cost a cent.

Taking the time to tell someone to have a nice day is always appreciated and it's free.

My husband tells me that my baking is a way I let others know I'm thinking about them. 

To get my chocolate chip cookie recipe go to this post. These ingredients are always on hand at our house. The sum total of ingredients would stay under $10.00.

What did I learn from my punishment?
Be kind -Be mindful of others - Act
To be honest, sometimes I worry about how an act of kindness will be received but I can't let that stop me from doing something for someone.

The neighbor's flower bed needs weeding. I think I'll sneak over and pull some weeds.
Thanks, Mom for the life lesson. It's never been forgotten.
Have a blessed day.
(All the castle photos are from our amazing trip to the U.K.)

Stop in and see the other Ten on the Tenth participants.


  1. Your mom was on to something wise, Katie. She raised a compassionate daughter!

    I love your ideas and on some, you and I were thinking the same. :)

  2. Katie, Wonderful life lessons from your mom. We may not know at the time how important those lessons are, but as we mature, we understand. Thanks for sharing your story and the beautiful photography.

  3. What a productive punishment! You parents were wise. No wonder you turned out so great.

  4. This has to be the best "punishment" for reading too many books! Katie I love your suggestions for helping others. And certainly it is a lesson that will never leave you.

  5. What a great punishment. It's a lot more valuable than a lot of the things I've come up with. I'll have to keep that one in mind...I love it.

  6. Lovely tips on how to extend the hand of kindness and compassion.

  7. Katie- I loved this and when i got to the "running from the castle novels" I almost spit out my diet coke!
    We are kindred readers:)
    I also loved that you mentioned anonymity- the real test of a thoughtful heart:)

  8. What a great tale of a lesson learned!! Your photos are stunning, too! I think I missed those books, as I was deep into the Bobbsey Twin and Nancy Drew!

  9. Katie,
    Beautiful photos, beautiful story, beautiful ideas. You and Stacey are kindred spirits thinking about neighbors and chocolate chip cookies.


  10. Katie,
    I really enjoyed reading this post and I think we can all benefit from doing random acts of kindness for someone....Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  11. I'm so glad that you shared the wonderful life lesson you learned, Katie! Your photos were stunning that you used to accompany your words.

  12. Excellent way to teach a valuable life lesson. Noticing what one needs, acting upon it, and expecting nothing in return is a gift indeed. I think all parents should have their children do such an assignment once a month. Great post. Beautiful photos!

  13. I love your ideas -- and your photos. They are getting me in the mood!

  14. A wonderful life lesson that's never too late to learn. Thanks for sharing, Katie! And - the photos from your trip that accompanied your story are beautiful!