Posted by Joan Kayse Jan 13 2015, 12:34 am in love, make world better, random acts of kindness
It started at a stoplight.
No, not my latest book (though…there IS a car involved in Ruarc and Aine’s first meeting ;D) No, I’m talking about the idea for this blog.
Several weeks ago, sagging against the post-holiday stress, I sat in my car waiting for the light to change. It was a cold, rainy, rainy day. I noticed a young family standing at the uncovered bus stop, glad to know they had coats and hats and their little 3 year old guy was happy and dancing around his Dad who kept a good hand on his son’s parka…traffic, yanno.
Then the Mom was motioned over to the car in front of me. She seemed to exchange words. I thought “Someone wants directions” and…sadly…”Hope they don’t have a gun” (I’m a neurotic writer…we go there sometimes.) Instead, she came away with an umbrella.
A Random Act of Kindness.
A small thing but it meant the world to that drenched young family. I’ve been the recipient of a few Acts..someone paid for my McD’s Diet Coke in the drive thru, a surprise card things like that. I much prefer to be on the other end. Here are some things I like to do:
* Thank someone for doing a good job. Yes, we all ( I hope) thank police officers, firemen and the military for what they do but what about the little guys, the “unnoticed” among us. For instance, I will occasionally tell one of the housekeepers at the hospital they do a good job, I thank them for what they have to deal with (patients CAN be pigs…as can nurses). On the surface the tasks seem mundane but would YOU want to be cared for in dirty environment?
*Compliment a cashier or salesperson on their clothes, their smiles.
*Leave change in the vending machine or if you drop a dime leave it…some lucky kid might come along and be thrilled he “found money”
*Hold open a door, help somebody carry things, take a lonely person to lunch.
*Put the grocery cart back in the collection rack. Some senior Kroger employee will thank you esp. in bad weather.
*Volunteer at an animal shelter. If you’re not a cat person….I’ll love ya anyway…but shelters need people to walk the dogs several times a day. The kitties need socialization. They need help running adoption fairs. All sorts of things. And the best is…adopt a shelter pet
I could go on and on but now I want to hear from you. What are some of the “little things” you do/have done? What suggestions do you have for building a better world one step at a time?