Did you know there’s an official “Random Act of Kindness” day? Not sure why it’s February 17, but that’s the truth.
So, when we received Jean’s story below, I got thinking, Can’t I be kind whenever I want? I mean, isn’t kindness about free will? You know, like a … choice?
Do I need to wait till February??? ?
Choose To Be Kind
… “Making better choices in the moment.”
Wouldn’t that apply to the concept of kindness? I can choose to be kind anytime I feel like it. Right?
With that in mind, enjoy Jean’s story about a person making that choice:
I asked my best friend of 52 years to go to breakfast with me to celebrate her 80th birthday. When we arrived, we were greeted by a delightful hostess who seated us. After ordering our food, I stood up to announce to all the other patrons within earshot that I had something special to say …
I then informed them all that it was my friend’s 80th birthday — and all the people clapped.
So we had a delicious breakfast and, as customers departed, they stopped by our table to say “Happy Birthday” to my friend. We waited for a few minutes for our check. I finally asked our server if she had it ready for me. She said, “Nope, I sure don’t—because the gentleman who’d been sitting at the second table to your right paid it!”
My friend and I were so surprised, we just stared at her in disbelief. We were delighted, to say the least.
As we left, my friend and I decided there really are still wonderful people in our land and they outnumber the bad.
So now I owe my friend another breakfast!
Jean, thank you for sharing this fun story!
Plan to Be Kind
Pastor Mark Hardacre, a Miller family friend, decided to set aside $1,300 to be used over one year in moments of giving.
His goal: Use $25/week paying for someone’s meal at Chick-fil-A, buying Starbucks for the driver behind him, or contributing to a stranger’s grocery store bill.
These are choices Mark makes that help others and help him. In other words, they are emotional victories for Mark, too. They make his day. The old “It’s better to give than receive” principle coming to life.
We can plan to be kind.
Kindness Can Cost Nothing
Being kind doesn’t always involve money. When our son-in-law, Ricardo, had a truckload of topsoil delivered and dumped on his driveway so he could lay backyard sod, he was not counting on a Colorado thunderstorm. When his neighbor, Fernando, arrived home from his labor-intense construction job and saw the dark clouds, he appeared at Cardo’s side with a shovel. For more than an hour, the two men rushed to relocate the rich, brown dirt so the rain would not wash it down the street.
Now that’s kindness. Kudos to Fernando!
When it comes to being kind, helpful, and generous, each of us can make that choice. Kindness can be my choice as I strive to serve people.
I bet it’s your choice, too!
Do you have an “act of kindness” you’ve witnessed (or performed) that you’d like to share here? If so, please do!