“She turned her can't into cans and her dreams into plans,” Unknown.

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. This quote personifies so many young women that I am privileged to know but this week I got to see a young woman who I've only been with twice make me feel that here is yet another young woman who brings this quote into focus for me.

We were at our last “official” meeting enjoying a cup of coffee and talking when she saw these message rocks sitting on a bottom shelf of merchandise at the restaurant where we met. She began looking through the stones and the first one she picked up was one that simply said, “goals.” She continued looking and found another stone that said, “hugs.”

She got out her wallet and realized that she had less than a dollar and the stones were $2 apiece. She has had a rocky past, is currently struggling with things in her life but after our two visits she has shared a little bit about where she is heading, her future looks bright. She has set goals and is working to achieve them. I knew immediately that she needed both of those stones. She needed that simple item to hold in her hands, to look at and to remind her of how far she's come, where she is going and I felt even more confident in offering to buy them for her because I have a high regard for the power of hugs. She thanked me over and over again, promising to pay me back for getting them for her.

I told her that the only thing I wanted back was a hug and a promise to not give up, to work towards her goals and to never underestimate the power of a good hug. She laughed and soon left. I'm not sure how much this small, simple act of kindness will impact her choices in the future but I do feel good knowing that in that moment, we made a connection. She was turning her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans.

Age does not discriminate when setting and reaching goals.

“Goals, there's no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there's no telling what will happen when you act upon them,” Jim Rohn.

This week was a time to set some personal goals for myself and through the love and support of friends and family there's no telling where these might lead. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is not acting on them. I made sure that not only did I perform an act of kindness each day but that I got my daily quota of hugs in.

Hugging is the most simple, pure form of communication that allows someone to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that they matter. I am blessed to have so many people in my life who matter to me.

Your kindness challenge for the week is: Be kind to yourself. Set a new goal for yourself, work to achieve it and celebrate your success with a hug.

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