First of all let me wish everyone a Happy New Year! Party animal that I’m NOT, I watched others around the world celebrate before I dozed off and missed the new year arrive here. I’m not big on resolutions either, so I have no list to share today, but my wife and I have decided to do something a little different this year. We are going to commit to perform at least 52 Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) in 2013.
We were inspired by Ann Curry’s #26Acts of Kindness movement “which invites everyone to carry out acts of kindness for anyone, anywhere” in honor of the students and faculty who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Several years ago I decided to do a random act of kindness every week, and it proved to be a memorable experience. Most of my acts were seemingly quite small, such as helping someone carry groceries or perhaps opening the door for a stranger and offering some kind words. And sometimes I brought flowers from the garden in to someone at work. It was often the little things, in other words.
What I found out back then was that it wasn’t the monetary or material worth of whatever I did or gave that mattered. What really mattered was the sincerity, and manner of the act, as well as the unexpected nature of it. I tried to put a lot of heart and soul into these little acts, and I truly believe it showed. I never told anyone what I was doing, or had done, until I discussed it awhile back with Lynda.
I supposed some folks might think “well, I do this all the time! What’s so special about 52 acts?” And that’s a good point. For me, having this goal will help me focus less on myself, and more on others. There are so many different RAKs that can be done. The Random Acts of Kindness Organization and 366 Random Acts of Kindness have many good ideas. Random acts of kindness don’t have to involve money or gifts. Sometimes a few kind words can be worth a lot to someone. Or perhaps it can involve asking someone how they are doing – and then waiting for the answer, and engaging them in a heartfelt conversation.
My wife has some more ideas in her post today “2013: 52 Random Acts Of Kindness.” And we would love to have people join us. I don’t plan on talking much more about it here, and there won’t be any rules, reminders, or weekly posts, unless something memorable happens that I find worth sharing.
Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, prosperous and kind New Year!