Abraham Lincoln spent his whole life clearing a path for others.
As a boy he helped his father clear a trail through the woods.
As a young attorney he guided farmers, businessmen, and inventors through the courts.
As President of the United States, he passed laws that made life easier for all Americans.
On my bulletin board I have a slip of paper with this quote: "Every kind word makes me stronger, Every kind deed sets me free." I don't know who said it, but I believe that even the smallest act of kindness can clear a path to a more peaceful world.
To celebrate the book-birthday of Lincoln Clears a Path (available January 19th) I've created the Clear a Path Project for adults and children. Join me and others as we find creative ways to help friends, family, neighbors and anyone in need.
Share your ideas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #clearapathproject.
Not sure how to get started? Here are a few suggestions:
Hold the door open for someone
Shovel a neighbor's walkway
Pay for someone's latte, or someone's lunch in the school cafeteria
Introduce yourself to a new student in school, or a new neighbor on the block
Create a care package for someone who is sick.
Do someone else's chores (as well as your own)
Walk a neighbor's dog
Help with someone's homework
Donate to a charity
Cook a meal for someone in need
Phone an elderly neighbor
Donate to a food pantry
Build a lending library or food pantry in your front yard
Build a birdhouse or bird feeder (birds need help too)
Organize a fundraiser for a worthy cause
Brighten someone's day with something you made
Volunteer at a pet shelter
AND Don't forget to thank those who cleared a path for you