Recently a gardening client gave me a gift card for Starbucks. Someone had gifted it to her, but she does not go to Starbucks, so she passed it on to me. I occasionally go to Starbucks for a non-fat, vanilla latte when I am driving between gardens and my energy needs a boost.
Yesterday was such a day. As I paid for my latte with my gift card, I told the cashier at the drive-through window to use the card to pay for the person behind me in the lineup too.
Anyone can “Pay it Forward.” It does not have to be expensive or difficult. When someone does something nice for you, pass the kindness on, even to a complete stranger.
Do you have snow tires on your vehicle? If you do not and happen to live in Eastern Ontario, you are in trouble today and will be wishing you did. These pictures were taken when I went out to shovel my driveway for the second time today…
a rabbit lives under this tree, hope he is OK
Luckily for the several cars stuck on our street, a few people were home shoveling, able and willing to perform some RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS to help move the cars out to the nearest plowed road. That last post was very timely; as the snow is showing no signs of letting up, I have a sneaking suspicion lots of RAKs will be happening in our neighborhood today.
I think the province of Quebec has it right on this issue; snow tires should be mandatory in this and many other regions of Canada and the USA.
This week, February 14th to 21st, is Random acts of Kindness Week. Even though the week is half over, be sure to perform a few RAKs yourself. Random acts of kindness don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming or even premeditated; that’s why they are called random.
When I started this post, I had no idea that random acts of kindness were so popular. I googled the term and was pleasantly surprised to find the many websites and events dedicated to performing random acts of kindness…
CHARLOTTE BACON ACTS OF KINDNESS AWARDS is such as site, based on the tragic 2012 death of Charlotte, 20 classmates and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
LOVE THIS CITY is a website dedicated to love bombs or random acts of kindness organized by church groups. Originating in Auckland City, New Zealand in 2013 the idea is catching on around the world. The premise is to spread kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, and love in the form of random acts of kindness to unsuspecting strangers, for nothing in return. Although originally focusing on people who often go unrecognized in a city, such as policemen, bus drivers, street cleaners etc, the movement is spreading to include everyone and anyone…
Another website describes a FOUNDATION based on random acts of kindness where you can find stories and ideas on how to “pay it forward” The founders of this site call themselves RAKtivists, hoping to change the world with their trail of warm fuzzy feelings created by each random act of kindness. The foundation has a TWITTER ACCOUNT with the name @RAKFoundation.
The more I research this subject, the more I like the idea that these RAKtivists have put in motion. The pay it forward concept has always appealed to me. I know small acts of kindness can go a long way to help others feel good or better about themselves. Let’s celebrate this week with RAKs of our own.