I love the concept of random acts of kindness. I like the fact that doing small acts of kindness can make a big difference. I also love that, for the most part, the recipient doesn’t know who helped them or why. It is just something nice that happens out of the blue.
I had the opportunity to be a parking meter fairy while shopping in an area abundant with meters. After pulling out all my change to fill my own meter, I noticed the meter next to me was expired. Since I had the coins in my hand I decided to slip a few in the meter next to me and hopefully avoid a ticket for my unknown recipient. I walked down the street and noticed other expired meters, so I dropped a few coins in each and gave the unknown parker a break. I did this until all my coins were gone. Putting coins in meters may not do anything to cure hunger or inspire world peace, but it does put positive energy out into the universe, and that is a good thing.
Random acts of kindness aren’t major things that take a lot of time, money or energy. They are the simple things you do daily to make your part of the world a little better. The small acts of kindness you do may not seem like a lot, but they all add up and create a ripple effect. The wonderful thing about creating a ripple is you never know how far or what impact it will have on the people it touches.
If you have ever stopped yourself from doing a random act of kindness because you didn’t think it would make a difference, think again. Every time you do something kind for someone it makes a difference in ways you can never imagine. It is the accumulation of small acts of kindness that will change the world.
The movie “Pay it Forward” based on the book by the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde has inspired me to do random acts of kindness. There is actually a mathematical formula that is explained in the movie that makes it very clear why random acts of kindness can become an epidemic. For more information on the book and movie check out http://payitforward.warnerbros.com/Pay_It_Forward
What act of kindness can you do today?
Live the Day
Today commit to doing one random act of kindness a day. Just think in a year you will have done 365 kind things.
“I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese artist & poet in US (1883 – 1931)
“That best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” William Wordsworth – English poet (1770 – 1850)
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand – French author (1804 – 1876)
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Miracle in the World (1923 – 1996)