October 31, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness

There have been a couple times in recent weeks where I was so thankful for kind strangers.  I think random acts of kindness are awesome.  (Yup, I said awesome....for lack of a better word.)  

Do you preform random acts of kindness?  I can't really say that I do.  I should.  I think we all should.  I would love to, but I just don't seem to find the right moment.  That feels like an excuse though.  Maybe that will be a new goal for me.  Find ways to show random acts of kindness at least once a month.  If I do follow though with it I don't think I'd blog about it though.  That would be like tooting your own horn.

One of the random acts of kindness I received was simply a lady parked next to me at the grocery store offering to take my cart back for me while I loaded the kids in the car.  It may not seem like much to you, but to me it was a very kind gesture that made my life a bit easier.  I hope that lady realized how much I appreciated it when I thanked her.  

The second time I received a generous act was just this past week.  While Ryan was at school Sean and I went to target to pick up the new Winnie the Pooh dvd.  Sean tends to walk slowly through stores and get distracted by each display.  To encourage him to walk with me I kept telling him we'd go get the Winnie the Pooh dvd.  A man on a motorized cart smiled at Sean and said hello.  He asked if he was getting the Pooh dvd, and I told him we were.  We went on to the dvd section and picked out the Winnie the Pooh dvd (plus a Chuggington dvd upon Sean's insistence.)  On our way to the registers the same man from before was coming back our way.  He stopped me and told me he was going to be picking up that dvd but decided to wait until next week and wanted to give me his $5 off coupon.  I thanked him greatly and Sean and I went to pay.  I passed him again on the way out from the registers and again said thank you for his kindness.  

I hope these people know how much they brightened my day.  I hope they feel good about themselves, because I think they should.  They inspire me, and I hope that I can bring some simple joy to someone else's day on a regular basis too.  



Amanda said...

When people do random acts of kindness it absolutely baffles me and warms my heart. You just never expect it and it is so sincere and sweet. In the twin cities they have something called "The drive thru difference" that a christian radio station always advertises and basically you just go through and pay for the person behind you coffee, lunch, whatever. And it's really cool to hear about.

Anonymous said...

Random acts of kindness is one of the things on my bucket list. I think we should all take time to do nice gestures for others. People really do appreciate it more than we think most times.

KERRY said...

That is really nice of them both! It is so lovely even when someone holds a door for you, there should be more kindness :)

AnNaRicHiE said...

For me it is a big thing. I also get a lot of help from strangers when I have my two toddlers with me.In groceries,strangers will just ask me if I need help ? or picking up something my girls will drop from the cart..or some will talk to me and say how cute or pretty my girls are and ask their ages. there are not a lot of people who can understand a screaming or whining children at the grocery store. I also feel people being annoyed of me having those moments when my girls are having tantrums. But ,hey,simple act of kindness can make you smile and brighten your day.
great post Shelly!

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