“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.”
– C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
Welcome back to the River Blog, my friends! I hope you had an exciting week! The highlight of my weekend was garage saleing with my sister and mom yesterday and finding this FANTASTIC genuine red leather jacket for $5 that fit perfectly, which NEVER HAPPENS. I feel very fashionable, which is rare for me. What dangerous new prospects will this unleash?
Today, I thought it’d be fun to do a light post with more suggestions for random acts of kindness! Some of you may recall my last one was focused on things you can do that don’t involve money; well, this one is more of a grab-bag, because there ARE a lot of great things you can do for others that involve a little pocket change. Today’s list is slightly modified from one I found on Lifehack:
- Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
- Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
- Buy a coffee for the person dancing on the street corner in that ridiculous Statue of Liberty costume all day (or insert other weird work-related costume/sign).
- Cut your neighbor’s hedge.
- Walk your friend’s dog.
- Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager.
- Send someone a small gift anonymously.
- Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
- Let someone jump the queue at the bank.
- Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café.
- Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
- Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
- Hold the train/elevator door open for someone rushing to get in.
- Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
- Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
- Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
- Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
- Give another driver your parking spot.
- Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
- Help an elderly neighbor carry the trash out.
- Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
- Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus.
- Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
- Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
- Smile a lot.
It’s amazing what a little act of kindness from an unexpected place can do to brighten your day. One incident that comes to mind happened a while ago; I was babysitting my little three-year-old nephew, Asher. Now, Asher’s papa (my brother) had suffered seizures for several years, and Asher witnessed several of these multi-weekly episodes. You would think that a little boy of that age wouldn’t really understand what was going on, and to a degree, he probably didn’t.
But when I started sneezing and coughing because of a cold, my little, ornery nephew who is normally laser-focused on his Dino Trux toys asked, “You a’ight, Yenny?” He did this several times, in that adorable little voice of his, and I was just floored that this little boy should be capable of such concern for someone else’s health.
When I mentioned this to his mom, she nodded, saying, “Yeah, it’s because of Caleb’s seizures. One time when Caleb was down, Asher dragged a pillow and blanket over to try and help him feel better. It’s amazing what those episodes did to teach our kids empathy.”
You just don’t expect little kids that age to be so empathetic or even understand sickness in others. You also don’t expect something as terrible as a three-year period of debilitating seizures to have such positive effects on your family. But they did. And that’s something I am really thankful for. God is such an expert craftsman when it comes to taking the bad of our world and morphing it into something full of his beauty and goodness!
Have you had any really uplifting acts of kindness done to you that just made your day? Please feel free to share, I would LOVE to hear about them! I hope you all have a fantastic week and that God blesses you with a surprising little reminder of his love – or that YOU get to be that reminder to someone else.