What exactly are random acts of kindness?
A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual. The phrase may have been coined by Anne Herbert, who claims to have written “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat at a Sausalito restaurant in 1982 or 1983. Either spontaneous or planned, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities.
Our Managing Broker here at Windermere is encouraging us to get involved by doing random acts of kindness around our community to help touch others in a positive way. He once had a client tell him that his for sale sign was crooked and if it couldn’t be right he wouldn’t sell his home with him. Well Ron happened upon a sign of mine when he was out driving that was leaning badly and the owner had put twist ties to the pole to hold it on from the wind… he straightened it and fixed the ties for me! See the picture below, lol! Thanks Ron, you rock!
So that got me thinking of how can we carry this over in our everyday lives, not just on the job but in our homes, neighborhoods, towns, etc…
Many people help in churches or organizations and charities as their acts of kindness reaching out to people who may not have the resources to take care of the needs of life. All of these are good things to do and I encourage you to help where you feel led as well. But then there is the old adage that you can do those things in secret to help others not receiving any credit other than knowing you touched someones life in a positive way!
There are even web sites out there that list different ideas (just google or bing random acts of kindness) or post stories of people’s kind deeds. There are things like helping change a tire or sending an anonymous donation of money to someone whose car is broken. Some are leaving groceries for a large family who is out of work. Giving people rides, taking the elderly to their doctors appointments, the list just goes on and on!
I would like to challenge you to go out and touch lives anyway you can to make a difference! All it takes is a smile and the determination to move forward, get your eyes off of self and on others!
Have an awesome week, Joe