M.A.D. Mondays and March Madness.


Today, March 7th, 2016 is the first Monday of this month. Although many of us dread them, Mondays have been more recently endeared as Make a Difference (M.A.D.) Mondays by such organizations as K-LOVE and Spread Peace And Love. They encourage random acts of kindness on Mondays as a way to MAKE A DIFFERENCE at the beginning of the week. Isn’t that a great way to start the week?

As we all know, March is a month that includes holidays and events like: Saint Patrick’s Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, the first day of Spring (or Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) and the N.C.A.A. Basketball Championships, which had been given the nickname March Madness back in 1939. I recently learned there is a movement to equate March Madness to MAKING A DIFFERENCE. The month of March is evolving into a significant time period when we are encouraged to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of others each day of the month, not just Mondays.

And, this positive movement to MAKE A DIFFERENCE comes during an interval of the year when temperatures are getting more comfortable, warmer or cooler depending where you live in the world. People are more likely to be outdoors and moving about their communities. There will be more opportunities for us to interact with others in our neighborhoods.

The splendor of this campaign to MAKE A DIFFERENCE is that our positive actions and gestures of kindness DO NOT need to be large, great or grand. Small deeds of kindness go a long way for most individuals. Consider all that we can do to make a positive difference in the lives of others, such as: e-mail or post a positive message to on-line friends; smile and make eye-contact with people; post positive feedback on blogs we enjoy; hold open a door for another; greet people on the street; pay a compliment; pay attention when we interact with others; call a friend or family member we have not talked to in a while. The list is as big as our imagination. What will you do to MAKE A DIFFERENCE during MARCH MADNESS?

All rights reserved. ©2016 by A.K. Orobko

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