I walked 25+ minutes in the rain with super huge, heavy boxes in my hands only to have FedEx tell me that I need to take one box to UPS and the other to USPS, which are even further away. So, I began my gloomy trek back to my dorm with arms that felt like jelly (man, I really have to work out). Once I got to the student union, a guy next to me, carrying dinner, asked me where I was heading. I replied, “Residence on 10th”. He motioned to his dinner and said, “Wanna switch?” My dorm was completely out of his way, but he was sweet enough to carry my hefty load all the way to my residence hall. On the walk, we chatted and got to know each other. With a campus this big, I may never ever see him again, but he left an A+ impression on me. I love kind strangers!!! RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS CHANGE THE WORLD PEOPLE! Before parting, I looked at him and told him, “Karma is going to treat you well!” I’m happy! 🙂
Me: What’s your name?
Him: No, Brick. Like the wall.
In practicing random acts of kindness…
1. You have the power to change someone’s life for the better. You may simply intervene and lift their spirits and day higher than they thought possible, or you might change their whole way of thinking. One never knows the path another is walking, and a random act of kindness has the potential to completely alter that path for the better. Isn’t that a powerful possibility?
2. You bring yourself joy. It seems the person who does the random act of kindness reaps just as much joy as the receiver. I’ve always left kind notes or affirmations in library books, and while I’ve never been present to see the reactions, I’ve been filled with a sense of peace and wellbeing nonetheless. You will never feel badly about offering an affirmation to a stranger, nor will you ever feel badly about receiving positive, kind and heartfelt words from an anonymous source.
3. Kindness is cyclical. If one extends love, compassion and kindness out into the Universe, these glorious sentiments will find their way back around. Practicing random acts of kindness lifts us up to another level, a more genuine level; one that allows us to receive more love, compassion and kindness and one that keeps our hearts and eyes lifted.
What will your random act of kindness for the week be?