Spin It Forward

Happy Friday, my plate-spinning peeps!

For many of you out there, it’s the last day of your work week and all you want to do is chill before tackling your lengthy weekend to-do list. Maybe your plans for the day include going out to lunch with your on-the-job buds or taking your kids to the movies tonight because they’ve been stuck inside all week.

But what if your week was filled with nothing but deadlines, stress and pressure and all you have to look forward to is more of the same next week?

Your plans for today likely include slinking into the office (or hospital or school or store or board room or restaurant or nuclear power plant or wherever you go to earn a paycheck), averting eye contact with others, keeping your head down and rushing through your day just so you can get it over with.

Am I right? If this is you, listen up. There’s a really easy way to make this day – and everyday for that matter – pretty flippin’ amazing.

All you have to do is keep your bleary eyes peeled for an opportunity to do something really nice and completely unexpected for a total stranger. And it doesn’t have to be a big thing. You could buy coffee (or breakfast or lunch) for the person behind you in line, or give that big juicy apple you brought from home to a homeless person you see on the street, or let someone else take that prime parking spot you had your eye on.

In other words, make someone’s day. With no expectation of them reciprocating.

Now I know it takes everything you’ve got just to keep your own plates aloft, but trust me – this doesn’t take a lot of time. Go ahead. Try it. I dare you. The spontaneity of spinning-it-forward will make you feel energized, alive and in-the-moment. And really, I can’t think of a better frame of mind to be in when starting down my weekend to-do list, can you?

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