Saturday, December 4, 2010
Random Acts of Kindness
So... recently I've been thinking of starting this new thing. I've been noticing a lot lately random acts of kindness people are doing for each other. Inspired by that, I began trying to do at least one a day. For example, a few weeks ago I saw a Fed Ex guy struggling to open the door of the place he was gong to deliver because he had boxes in his hand. So I opened it for him. Or helping a woman carry a stroller up the stairs from the subway. A week ago I bought a bag of dunken donuts coffee for myself to brew at home. When you buy it, at least here in NY, they give you a free medium coffee. Well I didn't want mine... so I offered it to the women in front of me. Now don't get me wrong... I'm not saying all this to boast about myself. They're just examples of unexpected gifts that we can give to each other.
I feel like we all need to help each other out more. The simplest gesture can brighten someone's day. Even simply smiling at someone can make them feel good. So having said that, I'd like to encourage all of you to participate with me. Do something for someone else. Go out of your way to help a stranger or a friend without expecting anything in return. See how it makes you feel and then start to observe what people are doing to randomly help you out. All of you in Florida, maybe it's that driver who let's you pull out in front of them (I know you know that this is definitely a random act in South Florida driving). Start to observe how many people help you and how that increases as you help them. Remember that you get back what you give out and this is the best way to give out that I can think of.
So this is Random Acts of Kindness... I'd love to hear your stories about how this works out for you and please feel free to share what you did and what was done for you.