Today marks International Random Acts of Kindness Day, and hearing this has caused me to think back to a segment I heard on the radio a few months ago.
A local woman was being interviewed and praised for her plans to deliver “random” acts of kindness on her upcoming birthday. A lovely idea I thought but I couldn’t help but feel amused that these so called random acts had already been planned and were ready for execution. The woman spoke of the various kind things she would be doing, and even mentioned who the recipients would be. Now, don’t get me wrong, I applaud kindness in all of it’s forms and do believe the world would be a much better place should kindness be practiced more regularly. I just didn’t consider that planned kindness could be thought of as random acts.
The whole notion of the word random to me means something that happens without conscious planning or decision. To me a random act of kindness happens very organically, it is unplanned and can take many forms. Helping someone to cross the street, letting someone in front of you in the check out line, giving your loose change to a charity collector. I don’t think anyone would consciously plan to go out and do these things but that is the beauty of delivering a random act of kindness. It is giving in the most pure sense.
I admire the woman from the radio for considering others and spreading some love and joy. I like to think that kindness is as infectious as a smile and hope for it to be spread with generosity not only today but everyday.
I’ll leave you with this quote from the 14th Dalai Lama (1935)
“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace”
I wonder, did you practice a random act of kindness today?