Tag: kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness, who doesn’t love them?  You can hold the door for a mom pushing a stroller, let someone checkout before you who has 30 items LESS than you do, lol.

You don’t have to go out of your way, or even spend any money.  But, you should only do them because you WANT to, not because you expect something from that person.   Some people don’t recognize these acts things as kind.  Some people expect things to be done for them, which is a whole different topic.

Even doing something small, such as letting another driver into your lane without being “asked”, could initiate that person to do something that they may not have even considered, being kind to someone else.

I know we have bad days.  But, I know that being nice for the reason of being nice makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

No, we can’t help everyone, but we can help one person at a time.  That one person could help another and another and so on.

Why do I want you to do one nice thing for someone?  It’s nice to be nice.  Yes, it is a bit cheesy, but I believe if you do good things, good things will happen to you.

You can start (or continue, if you already to this) to do good out in the world by doing small acts of kindness and/or random acts of kindness.  Even if only for those moments in time the world is a better place, doesn’t that sound like a good thing?

I want to challenge you to do 5 random acts of kindness this week.  They can be something as simple as smiling at someone who may be having a bad day.

Don’t overthink it!

A few examples:  smiling at a stranger, holding a door open, even telling someone how great they look, are things that won’t cost you a penny.

Now of course, if you have the means, you can offer to take a friend out to lunch, or pay for the person’s coffee/meal behind you in line.

I hope that you are inspired to do something kind randomly this week.  If you do the challenge of 5 RAOK (random acts of kindness), please leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.

Donations, Kindness, and Love

If you read my last post, I talked about how Hurricane Harvey gave me the motivation to donate.  So many people were displaced, so many people lost everything during this time.  I felt compelled to donate what I could.

Last weekend, I donated what I could, from clothes we were no longer using (we checked for stains, fading, and/or holes before it went in the donation pile), new clothes with tags (yes, we had those too), and essentials (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes; I am a couponer and normally buy extras for us, but decided that they could benefit more from it than me).

It felt amazing to donate.  I was so happy to give to others.  I know how one small act of kindness can multiply.  Yes, I consider this one small act of kindness.  There were so many people that swam out to rescue people here in Houston.

Their kindness multiplied and people made chains to help reach people when the water was strong.  People were watching out for other people.  It was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.

The kindness and love was so amazing.

Now, unfortunately, another storm hit.  Hurricane Irma heavily impacted Florida.

If you have the ability help anyone, from either storm, or even someone in your community, please do.  Again, it does not have to be money.  I know that not everyone has a disposable income.  To help for either of these storms, people can donate their time.  Or if you are unable to donate your time, you can donate items, like I did.

My point is that we all become a better society when we help each other.  Of course, it is always better to continually help others, but again I know that it is not always possible to do that.

So, today take a step forward in a small act of kindness.  A simple smile, ask someone how they are doing today (and listen to their answer), or even giving someone a hug, who could really use it.

See how much better you can make someone’s day by one small act of kindness.

I will “see” you next time!

Hurricane Harvey – Motivated Me to Donate

Hurricane Harvey hit South Texas, but we received most of the rain.  There was massive flooding and thousands of people were displaced from their homes.  Thankfully we were blessed and our part of town did not flood.

There are so many things to say about the hurricane, but I want this post to be about how it motivated me to donate.

We kept receiving text alerts about Tornado Warnings in our area.  In between those we received Flood Warnings.  I was in afraid water would start coming inside and we would not have time to pack. In a rush, we started packing “essentials”.  Laptops in trash bags, their cords in zip top bags, important paperwork in a waterproof suitcase, clothes, and bare necessities.

While packing, I realized that we have too much stuff.  We have so much stuff I had problems deciding what I considered important enough to pack.  Since this weekend is Labor Day, I decided to see what I have that is in good (or great) condition for donation.

There are so many people that have nothing, but the clothes on their backs.  Donating to them, is something that I am motivated to do because I want to be kind to those effected.

Kindness should be a part of us.  Kindness is something that I believe we should show our children.

A little back story, in 2011, a F5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri.  It left so many people without anything.  Since I am a couponer, I had many extras, and then bought more with the intention of donating.  I remember telling my daughter that we had to help them.  She asked why, she was 7 at the time, and I said something to the effect, We should help people because we never know if one day WE will be in need.  If that day comes, we hope that there are people out there who will do the same as we are right now.

I want to keep showing my daughter that kindness is extremely important.  I want her to understand that we should help people, especially during extreme times.

I hope this post has motivated you to donate.  If it has, you can donate in your town/city.  There are women’s centers, homeless shelters, and food banks that would be happy to accept your donation(s).  Check your home to see what is not being used, or maybe never was used, and donate it to someone who would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for reading!

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