At the beginning of the year I made a goal to practice random acts of kindness all year long. (I even bought some wall art that I found on clearance at Menards with the “Practice Random Acts of Kindness” saying on it!) But I have pretty much failed.
Really, I hardly ever think of that goal. Which is kinda bad because it’s something I should be doing a lot more of.
But then I got to thinking, maybe I do practice random acts of kindness and I don’t realize it. I started thinking over my past week. And yes, I actually had achieved some goodness without even knowing it.
I had it all wrong. Random acts of kindness are not methodically planned out. They don’t have to be toward strangers (although that could be nice).
Random acts of kindness are just random.
Thinking back here’s what I did over the past week.
Gifted a BIG Batch Cookies
Both of my brothers are working with very low grocery budgets. And since the girls and I like to bake and decorate cookies we made a huge batch and gifted them to my nephew and brothers.
They were pretty happy.
It was a nice way to spread a little love around and was definitely appreciated.
I Watched the Neighbor’s Kid So She Could Go to the Mall
I got my neighbors daughter off the bus yesterday and watch her for two hours so that she could go to the mall.
This was actually a super easy thing to do since it gave the girls another playmate. All of the kids plus the momma appreciated it.
I Text My Dad and Told Him I Loved Him
As I was writing this post I got this urge to text my Dad and tell him I love him. This is something that I have NEVER before done.
It was totally random. But you know what? I thought it would brighten his day so I did it. Even if it was slightly awkward. 🙂
Then I got the urge to do the same for one of my brothers who is going through some rough stuff right now.
They’ll both probably make fun of me for being sappy (they’re tough guys) but I know deep down that each of them will really appreciate it.
Update: As I was getting ready to hit publish on this post this morning I heard a knock on the door. It was my Dad. He had liked my message and stopped over to take me and the girls to breakfast. Then a little bit later my brother texted me back a “lol thanks love you too” I really never expected anything back from either of them so it just felt nice!
My goal earlier this year to methodically plan out random acts of kindness may have been a little too……constrained?
We can spread some good around without money and without big elaborate plans. And I’m pretty sure the more we do this the more natural it becomes.
Do something nice today and make someone’s day a little bit better. (If you get the urge to tell someone you love them, who you never tell, go ahead and do it!!)
What random acts of kindness have you done this week?
P.S. Since I’m being sappy today thought I’d share a new blog I found with you. Or, more specifically, this post that brought tears to my eyes. If you get a chance read a few posts on this blog – very inspiring.
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