the edge of collecting spirit points

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Every time I go to the grocery store or a retail store, people leave shopping carts all over the parking lot instead of returning them to a cart rack.

It makes it difficult to park anywhere and the stores frequently run out of carts as the cart collectors have to work extra hard to timely collect the carts from the far reaches of the parking lots.

In addition, the wind often blows the carts around so they crash into vehicles and cause damage.

My kids and I make it a point to collect at least a couple of carts around our vehicle and return them to the cart rack before we enter any store.

We just a have blast challenging each other.

When I go to such stores either alone or with my kids, I frequently park in remote spots, which require more walking and leaving the closer spots for the elderly, like my mom.

I have to admit, my kids do not like this activity at all.

Even though my mom has an official handicap placard issued by her state department of motor vehicles she received for a serious injury and can legally park in any handicap spot, I usually assist her with her shopping activities so I always drop her off right at the door leaving a handicap spot open for someone else to use.

I then park in a non-handicap spot since I have no trouble walking.  When my mom is done shopping, I pick her up right at the door again.

I call these activities “collecting spirit points.”  Little activities that go unnoticed but make positive difference to the people around us.

What is your edge of collecting spirit points?

Would you return a cart to a cart rack, even though you did not have to or want to?

Would you be willing to walk a few more steps from a more remote parking spot?

Would you do these things in bad weather when it is raining, cold or snowing?

Are you willing to sacrifice some of your time or efforts without any recognition to make a situation just a little better or help someone you did not know who may be struggling?

What other activities would you collect spirit points for doing?

Let me know.  Let us start a new movement…

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine

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