#30DaysofGratitude: Inspiration

Cards ready and waiting for their turn.

Thirty Days of Gratitude is a patchwork quilt of different projects I've admired this year, each of which I'll highlight as we go along. Most recently, and perhaps most directly, it is inspired by the generous Secret Agent L project.

Everyone needs a cool hunter in their lives; my friend Matt has impeccable taste, so when he said, "I think you'll like this site," I knew it would be great. Try amazing! Laura (Secret Agent L) encourages random acts of kindness around the world. Please go check her site. I'll wait.

Now that you've seen it, do you feel inspired? Do you want to participate? I know I was, am, and will be inspired by Laura and her affiliated agents for a long time to come.

The news in Philly gets me down on a daily basis: shootings, suicide by train, an awful lady keeping prisoners in her basement to steal social security money. I'm filled with despair at the violence for the sake of violence. Secret Agent L is the antithesis; a network of people sharing kindness purely because they can.

As with our Thirty Days of Gratitude, you don't need money to participate in Secret Agent L's project. Yes, a lot of the projects posted there include gift cards or store-bought items, but my first project as an affiliated agent cost me a total of eight cents and some time.

You don't need money to participate in Thirty Days of Gratitude. It's okay if you can't afford to buy greeting cards. It's okay if you don't know how to make your own. Grab a piece of white paper and write a letter. You could illustrate it if you'd like, but as long as your words are genuine, have confidence that is enough.