It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Feb 10-16, 2014 #RAKweek

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I love to do little things for people ‘just because’. It’s how I was raised.

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week — let’s turn our thoughts into actions! I know you guys can think of something to do to participate!  I didn’t know there was a designated week for this, so I’m a little late on this post, but I think it’s great.  Check it out here:

Random Acts of Kindness Week!

I’ve talked before about my mother sewing for the nursing home residents with her ladies’ group; doing nice things for other people just for the sake of doing them was ingrained in me from an early age.  I remember Mother saying I was ‘earning jewels for my crown.’

I’ve bought meals and coffees for people I didn’t know, fed parking meters (before I knew it was illegal — oops!), held open doors, allowed people in front of me in line at the store, carried things for people who were overloaded — nothing big and life-changing, nothing for recognition, but small kindnesses, just the same.  I like to think my kids have grown up understanding why I do these things, and I hope they will do the same when opportunity presents itself.

Our family has ‘adopted’ our elderly neighbor, Harvey, who is a widower who lives alone.  He’s a great guy with a lot of fun stories and a wicked sense of humor, and I love to bring him soups and stew and other treats if I’m not having him over for dinner.  We look after each other, and that’s how it ought to be.

Perhaps Random Acts of Kindness Week can help inspire those who want to do something but aren’t sure how.  Their website has suggestions and some great, uplifting RAK reader submissions.  They ask you to tag your kindness posts on social media with #RAKweek so they can see them and post some on their site.

Tell me your stories!  I love inspiration!

 

 

photo credit: SweetOnVeg

 

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StuckonZero

StuckonZero

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2 thoughts on “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Feb 10-16, 2014 #RAKweek”

  1. Me again, LOL, I’m kind of catching up with your posts today, and very much enjoying myself reading what you have put on your board. It’s not much with what I do, however my mother lives in a community housing development in Port Orchard. I am called over frequently to help her with her “computer issues” which I really don’t mind at all. Somehow her friends and neighbors “discovered” my talent and the requests started coming in. For a lot of “house bound” seniors their computer has become very important to them. Its a kind of escape for them to surf the net and email their friends and relatives. and see the latest pictures of the grandkids. When their computer goes down it hits them very hard and most of them, living on a fixed income, can’t afford to call out the “Geek Squad” from Best Buy to fix their computers. So I do what I can to help them, which sometimes involves even buying parts to fix them. However I really, truly enjoy it because I see how much it means to them. And of course I never charge a penny for anything, but I have come home with some delightful baked goods, LOL. I really don’t know who enjoys it more, the seniors or myself! This is just my small contribution to giving back to some really wonderful people. I truly enjoy talking and mostly listening to their stories. These are some fascinating people and I’ve always felt we ignore the old timers, to our own loss.

    1. Now that’s a very cool thing that you do! I bet those ladies find you quite handsome and handy, too! (Ever watch Red Green? He says, “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”)

      I have a soft spot for the older generations; it is well known in my family. It’s just how I am. And if they’re veterans? I want to just honor them and do what I can to thank them for what they did for me. I agree that we ignore these wonderful folks too often.

      Thank you for sharing that with me!

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