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:
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