I’m Inspired to do Random Acts of Kindness
I’m not sure how I found the first one, but when I read how Inner Child Fun blogger Valerie spent her birthday doing 35 acts of kindness in one day, I was inspired. Her post stopped me in my tracks actually. Suddenly, I seemed to find more bloggers who were doing this. Thumba Lea did 28 acts of kindness for her birthday. And Just a Bunch of Momsense celebrated her birthday this way too.
My birthday is coming up and I wanted to do something similar but …
- I’m MUCH older than these ladies. I’m turning 48!
- I don’t think I can pull off 48 acts of kindness in a day and it would stress me out to try.
- Talking to strangers is a little intimidating for me, especially to explain what I’m doing.
So … I thought I’d do a variation that would make me really happy. I don’t need or want anything for my birthday, instead I’m asking my family to do an act or two of random kindness to help me celebrate.
I’m not picky either. It doesn’t have to be on my exact birthday — we were never very exact with birthday celebrations hitting actual birthdays growing up — any time close to my birthday will be just fine. Say, plus or minus a week.
I’d like to plan some acts of kindness. I’d love to support some causes close to my heart: books for kids who don’t have any, food for local food pantries, and anonymous wish granting to strangers who need help via Globe Santa.
I’m going to post later on the 48 acts of kindness in celebration of my birthday. Wish me luck!
p.s. I want to do these same acts of kindness that Inner Child Fun, Thumba Lea and Just a Bunch of Momsense did:
A day of no road rage / riding people’s butts / honking. (This would also improve my driving).
Brought sweets to the fire department. (We live next to a fire station).
$10 Starbucks Gift Card for the Bus Driver. (I’d like to gift to our school secretary, our mailman and few other folks).
Picked up Litter on the Sidewalk. (I am also going to pick up random dog poo at our off leash dog park).
Made a Kiva Loan — Kiva.org is an organization that provides micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Lenders can choose what amount to donate, and once the loan is paid off, you can either withdraw your funds or re-loan to another entrepreneur. (This sounds amazing. Thanks Inner Child Fun for this great idea. Definitely doing this too!)
$10 Starbucks Gift Card for the Mail Carrier (And maybe our UPS person too who comes every day).
Paid down two separate layaway contracts at Kmart down to $0.01 — While this was the most costly item on the list, it was totally awesome. Kmart allows anonymous donors called “Layaway Angels” to donate funds towards someone else’s layaway contract. Recipients’ names are never disclosed, and donors can opt to have their funds donated toward accounts with children’s clothing or toys. Recipients must make their final payments to pick up their merchandize, but Kmart allows donors to take down someone else’s layaway to just $0.01. (I love this. Can I do online? There isn’t a Kmart near me. Need to research).
Ran a Simple Errand for a Friend
Let Someone Go Ahead of Me
Donated a bag of clothes to charity.
Sent in a small gift for the school nurse.
Stopped at a laundromat and left quarters on one of the washers.
Sent a card to a child with Cancer through Hugsandhope.org
Yikes, I just added these up and I’m only to about 16. I have a long ways to go …
If you would like to help me celebrate my birthday anytime during the first week of January, please email me or comment with your random act of kindness you did on my behalf. If you send me a photo, I’ll post it. Thank you! PragmaticMomBlog@gmail.com
p.s. I found this great form from This n That on Pinterest! I’ll be using it for my random acts of kindness!
p.p.s. Thank you also to Thumba Lea for this great Acts of Kindness Printable. I’ll use this too!
p.p.s. Elijah the Superhero by Beth Arnold sends this same message in a picture book that acts of kindness, done deliberately, make you a superhero capable of changing the world. I love this message to kids. Elijah spends the day doing some of the aforementioned acts of kindness and learns what a difference they can make.
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