Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Talk About It ~ Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb 11 - 18)

Welcome to our Tuesday segment.

I thought we'd take a bit of a happier path today. As most of you know, I have no fear in tackling the tough stuff but once in awhile, it's nice to go down a more cheerful route.

My youngest reminded me that Thursday is Valentine's Day. Gone are the days where I scrambled to find boxes of Valentines for each of my four kids to give out to their school friends. I'm not sure any of them even enjoyed participating in it, honestly. Nothing says 'Happy Valentines Day' like kids being forced to give wishes to an entire classroom of kids whether they were friends or not. My son, in particular, hated it and didn't care whether he got or gave Valentines. Needless to say, I am a bit relieved that there is no longer that pressure. Plus, it saves having to buy $40 in cards because my girls demanded cards focused on girly stuff, then another entirely different box that were more boy-focused.

Now the schools have 'Friendship Week', with Valentine's Day being the highlight. This makes a lot more sense to me since not all kids (review above example) aren't into all the rigamarole of this normally lovey-dovey holiday. And for the rest of us, there is an acknowledgment stemming from this called, 'Random Acts of Kindness Week', which I think is also very nice.

The key, of course, is understanding such acts shouldn't just be on a designated day or week. These are acts that we should be doing unconditionally every day. It could be something small as giving up your seat on a crowded bus for an elderly person, pregnant woman or a person whose mobility is limited, or giving your leftovers from a restaurant to a hungry person on the street or even helping someone who's struggling with groceries. It doesn't have to cost anything or take a lot of time. The point is to do something that for you may be no sweat but for the person you're helping, it means the world at that moment.

So, let's all see what little random acts of kindness are calling out for us this week. What can you do to make a small difference for someone else this week?

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