When Jim and I came to visit you last week, Kansas and Colorado were both getting hit hard with the “Rocky” snowstorms that closed interstates and schools, and knocked out power in many places. But in Fort Scott we stayed warm and cozy, fixed an assortment of foods and enjoyed being together. We knew March was just around the corner.
Every day on the calendar has at least one special day identified with it. St. Patrick’s Day is two weeks away, but leading up to the Green Beer Day are four special, unusual days that I really like:
Today, March 3rd, is I Want You to be Happy Day, aka Unselfish Day. On this day, the goal is for everyone to do something to make someone else happy. And if you want to go for the gold—do it anonymously! This would be a natural for you, Mom. Years ago, a local store had a sale on boxed “Thinking of You” cards, ten for a dollar. We bought a box, and during the next month we sent anonymous cards to ten people who were alone or having a hard time. We wrote notes inside the cards, saying something specifically nice about the person…and signed each card: A Friend Who Appreciates You.
Monday, March 4th, is Holy Experiment Day. This is a perfect time to pray for someone to feel better, to get a job, to have a safe day. Pray for a child who is unhappy or a family who has just moved to a new place, or a stranger who seems to need a prayer. Imagine the aura of all those anonymous prayers floating around the world on March 4th.
Saturday, March 9th, is Panic Day. Or, as some prefer, Don’t Panic Day. It’s not until the end of next week, so you have plenty of time to prepare. Googling Panic Attacks brings up an overwhelming amount of advice, much of it involving medications, counseling or costly techniques. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxB1QAQoo5Q is a 7-minute free, self-contained video with a practical technique: “How To Stop Panic Attacks-#1 Tip”
And finally, next Sunday, March 10th is Middle Name Pride Day. This blog has previously discussed our feelings about our names, but this day is different. Middle names are legal identifiers; John Smith may be very common, but John Hiram Smith won’t be so easily confused. Also, do you know WHY you received your middle name? Was it for an ancestor? Has it become your nickname? On March 10th find a reason to appreciate your middle name. (This is very different than Name Yourself Day, which is in April.)
March is here, Mom. February’s “Rocky” snowstorm is past, and next month is April, with signs of Spring. If I were going to send you an anonymous card on March 3rd, I’d tell you how wonderful you are, how many nice things you’ve done for others, and how you’ve made the world a better place. I love you. Marylin