Thursday, January 19, 2012
Day 19: Bought Girl Scout Cookies
When my daughter grows up, I want her to be a strong, independent woman. I want her to always be a leader rather than a follower. I want her to be able to build strong friendships like the ones I have been able to develop over my life. I want her to always have high self esteem and the confidence that if she always strives to be the best person she can be, great things will come to her. This year, the Girl Scouts of America celebrate the 100th anniversary of helping to instill these traits in to girls nationwide. You may have read the title for this day and thought, "Buying cookies? How is that an act of kindness?" Before knowing exactly the impact the Girl Scout Cookie program had, I probably would have asked the same questions. Not only does the program generate about $700 million for the Girl Scouts (money that is then utilized for expansion of programs for the girls and different charities), but even the act of selling the cookies teaches the girls goal setting and interpersonal skills. So although it may be unkind to my waist line, today's random act of kindness is buying some cookies from a girl in my building. If you have someone in your neighborhood selling these treats, maybe buy a box. It is a delicious way to have a real impact.