Random Acts of Kindness

February 10, 2013

Last week my husband was the recipient of an act of kindness. A box was on our doorstep when I came home. When opened, it contained a pint glass, a book and a short note that read, “I hope this brings some smiles and happiness your way.” It was from a friend – one we are quite fond of, but who we do not see enough of. It was a wonderful gesture, one that did indeed bring some smiles and happiness to not only my husband, but to me as well. I found it a reminder of the power of small acts of kindness.

In fact, this got me thinking about love and kindness in our lives – are we noticing it? paying attention to it? or just missing it when it’s gone? I asked some friends about what their husbands do that shows them they love them and vice versa. There were big things like supporting dreams and having concern for each other’s happiness, but there was also all the little things – like doing the dishes, holding hands, or even prepping some grab-bags of veggies for the week. All little acts of love; all acts of kindness.

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, the love and the kindness gets lost sometimes. We find ourselves stressed out and worried and scattered. Our patience wears thin. We find our days are suffering from what my husband would call a Lack-o-Love™. The love is still there – maybe a little fuzzy, yet if we bring it into focus, we’ll find our stress reduces, our worries quiet and our hearts are lighter, happier and full. We’ll feel more centered and able to handle the challenges life brings our way. Love is some pretty good stuff, small doses of it can make a big difference. But HOW do we do this? By taking a moment to do something just a bit outside the ordinary – by performing a few random acts of kindness.

This week infact (Feb 11-17) is the Official Random Acts of Kindness Week.

The site has some great ideas for simple things you can do each day to spread some kindness. I plan on doing a couple of these as well as some ideas of my own. I was really inspired awhile back by a woman who did 38 acts of kindness on her 38th birthday. I’d LOVE to plan a day crammed full of kindness. I think would be an awesome day – you can’t have a bad day when you are busy spreading kindness; it’s impossible. I mean, what happens when you let someone go in front of you in line? or when you feed someone’s meter? Tuck happy notes in car doors? Deliver Valentine cards and Girl Scout cookies to the seniors home? Buy a gift card for groceries and turn around and hand it to the person in line behind you? Write a letter to old friend and mail it? Sincerely compliment a co-worker? What can you do as a family – get the kids involved – take some teddy bears to the children’s hospital? bake some cookies or muffins and take them to the neighbors – ya know, get your Bree Van de Kamp on.

I’m embarking on this week of kindness and hope some of you will be inspired to do the same – even if it is just for one day. Find something that resonates with you…something that seems FUN. (This isn’t meant to be a chore.) Do one simple thing each day of the week or maybe choose three things and do them all on one day – go out and give a nice KINDNESS BOOST to Tuesday or Wednesday.

Performing Random Acts of Kindness work because they take us out of our usual grind and remind us that all we all have *something* to give to the world…and that is powerful. It shifts us from thinking about all our worries and stress and gets us recognizing all the love and kindness around us.

So pick your timeline: one day, the whole week. And then get busy committing random acts of kindness!

I’d love to hear about your RAK Week – what you plan to do, or what you did do. Come on over to Kisabird Studios’ facebook page and share your Random Acts of Kindness. I’ll be sharing ideas each day and posting an update at the end of the week on how my RAK week went.

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