This seems to be the time of the year when kindness abounds. I see it everywhere, from the giving trees to Toys for Tots, to the Salvation Army bell-ringers braving the cold. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holiday Kindness lasted all year?
My family began practicing Random Acts of Kindness when my kids were teens. Now they have teens of their own. This year, I decided to make RAKs my focus. With a twist.
CoCo received a beautiful Act of Kindness at the beginning of the year. The train conductor on her short commute surprised her with a generous Christmas Gift. She smiled for weeks with wonderment and told everyone she knew about the conductor’s kindness. However, I initially responded with suspicion. After a bit of reflection, I remembered an observation I got from a friend.
You are a much better giver than a receiver. It takes some humbleness to receive without the intention of paying back.My dear friend, Nancy S (circa, 1980)
So with that in mind, I am devoting 2022 to recognizing kindness given. I noticed a change in myself. My effort to recognize the kindness of others helps me remember to be kind, too. I’m benefitting from the kindness of others, even when I’m not the direct recipient of the act.
Sometimes a little act of kindness, a smile, or a word of recognition can make a big difference in someone’s life. Sometimes we don’t even realize we are being kind with our automatic response to someone. Today, I’m sharing little acts of kindness that gave me comfort this week.
Kindness of farmers
I noticed a double act of kindness in this morning’s paper. A letter to the editor pointed out two farms that donate produce to local food pantries: Sweet corn, cabbage, potatoes, yams, and more. So kind. And, also so kind for the letter writer to take the time to publicly thank the farmers.
Kindness of shoppers
It’s a pretty crazy time to shop. Yet, people take the time to be kind. Yesterday, Loved-One and I got separated trying to get to the check out. Me with the cart, he by his lonesome. He stood in line and I tried to join him. The kind shopper behind him let me in with a smile of good cheer. It’s a little thing that could have gone the other way. Thank you kind shopper for your flexibility.
Kindness of a toddler’s family.
This little video warmed my heart. It’s not really that big of a deal. A family supporting their tiny tot in her first dance recital. Still, it points out how important our support is. And thank you YouTube poster and CNN for sharing it with all of us. A piece of heartwarming good news is a wonderful start of any day.
What acts of kindness did you observe this week?
The official Random Act of Kindness Day is February 17. But RAKing can go on all year long. Visit the Website here. “The work to create a kinder world never ends. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world..”
Use the hashtags #MakeKindnessTheNorm #RAKday #RandomActsofKindnessDay. Most importantly, “In a world where you can be anything…Be kind.” (And be willing to receive the kindness offered.)
I’ll be watching through my rose-colored glasses for opportunities to give a RAK. And I’ll have my antennae up ready to recognize when I get a RAK or see one.