So we’ve been talking about loving people. That’s great. But if you aren’t an extrovert or a people person, if you are a complete loner and really would rather stay that way, THEN WHAT THE HECK DO YOU DO? Or maybe you are a no-thrills, very simple person and are wondering how elaborate this whole thing is?
Here’s a couple of ways to get started:
- Just be aware. Seriously. Does someone in the office need a coffee refill or warm up? Could that elderly couple use someone to bring in their garbage cans? Do you see the same person every day but never say hi? That’s a start.
- Maybe you are really into the anonymous stuff. So, just drop a Starbucks off at someone’s desk when they step away. Put a candy jar on your desk for anyone to access. Leave some flowers on a neighbor’s doorstep. You’re doing great!
- And for those of you who are ready to take the next step…
- Have a playdate with that mom and her kids.
- Take a walk with a neighbor.
- Buy a gift card for someone sick or hurting or just plain busy.
- Invite coworkers over for the game you’re going to watch anyways.
I hope you’re getting the idea that this can be as simple or as crazy as you want to make it. But it just starts with asking the question, “What does love demand?” The answer to that question is usually the best way to love that particular person right in that particular instance.