This past week I was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness.
I work at an elementary school and we have an old gentleman that comes from a church in the city to deliver school supplies or toys for our kids. He's either bought them or are gently used. He comes maybe twice a month and always with a smile on his face.
Well, on Friday, he came into the office with his arm behind his back and looked around my office and said: "Well, it looks like you don't have any flowers around here. We must fix that." He then proceeded to hand me a bouquet of flowers.
Let me tell you a little something about myself...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE FLOWERS! I love seeing them around my home...they just make me happy! So needless to say, what this sweet old man did just brought a smile to my face! And what makes it even better is that for the last two days I had been wanting to buy me some flowers but had been too busy to do it. So this small kind act made my Friday and weekend extra special. how an unexpected little blessing can make such a big difference in our often mundane lives!
Maybe you haven't been the recipient of such an act lately
but one thing I know for sure, the recipient is not the only person who gets blessed in the process, the giver does also.
So maybe today, as you go about your business, you can randomly choose someone to show kindness too. And as you do, you will be spreading the goodness this world sometimes robs us of when we fail to stop and see that good still exists!
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." -Lao Tzu
So while I'm here smelling my flowers, How will you spread a little love today?
Here are some ideas:
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
- Say "I love you" to someone you love.
- Put a coin in an expired meter
- Pay somebody's lunch.
- Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
- Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
- Take someone's shift as the car-pool parent.
- Buy someone a coffee or ice cream.
- Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend or family member.