I've heard two different stories recently about what one could call "random acts of kindness".
The first comes from a man named Patrick who described the act on his blog, Patrick's Place. In short, he was the beneficiary of a nice (and generous) gesture and he chose to pass that on to someone else. You'll have to click the link for the details, though. (It's short. Go over and read it. I'll wait here.)
The second act was mentioned on Google+ yesterday. A woman stated that she stopped to pay a toll on the way to her relatives on Christmas and was told that it had already been paid by the driver of the car in front of her - who also wished her a Merry Christmas! This, understandably, made her day!
I've been thinking about these acts and I've decided that I'm going to do some extra acts of kindness in the new year.
Now, let me pause and say that I am not one of those people who makes New Years resolutions. I just never did that sort of thing. This is different, though, at least in my mind. I'm not doing this for myself, though it might be beneficial to me, too. I simply want to spread some smiles in the new year - even if they are from minor acts.
So, I'm going to attempt to do at least one act of kindness every day for the entire year of 2013 - though sometimes this might only involve holding a door open for someone or allowing someone to go ahead of me in line somewhere.
In addition, I'm going to try to do a more substantial act at least once a week.
We'll see how it goes.
I'm going to document my acts here on my blog. (Somehow... I've not worked out the mechanics yet. Perhaps a weekly blog post where I can list what I accomplished the prior week will suffice.) I think this will keep me from forgetting about my goal.
I'm also going to need some help in the way of suggestions. That's where you come in. I've been to the Random Acts of Kindness website and they have tons of ideas so I do have one resource but I'd like some suggestions from my readers, too! After all, we're talking about 365 days! That's a lot and I'm not the most creative individual. I'd especially like ideas that allow me to remain anonymous. I like to be sneaky that way.
Think of a small thing (or a not-so-small thing) that you did for someone that brightened their day - or something that someone did for you! You can leave your ideas in the comments or email me by clicking the contact button on the side of my page.
Thanks, in advance!