April 28, 2010
yesterday was about karma on the interwebs. today is about... dun dun dun... making changes in real life.
this phase of the challenge is much harder for me, personally. i hate talking to people- especially strangers. but i don't think it's fair to try to feel good about my own life and enrich the lives of people i meet online without at least attempting to spread the joy to, you know, actuality.
in high school there was a club, the random act of kindness club. i never joined because i thought everyone at school hated me, and mostly they did, but what an amazing concept. and then when i was researching for this week's posts i came across this website: Operation Beautiful. it's all about leaving anonymous post it notes in public areas with supportive, beautiful messages on them out there to boost a stranger. this is the kind of daily goodness i can get behind.
on my life list one of my items was to buy the coffee for the person behind me in line at starbucks. and i did, it felt awesome. the cashier told me that some days when a chain of those drink-buying do-gooders gets started sometimes it can last all afternoon. how cool is that? but whose budget can really afford to do that very often? certainly not mine. i've also been on the receiving end- one day more than a year ago i was in line at the drive through, about to spend my very last five dollar bill on ridiculous coffee that i just couldn't resist. my day was sucking and i needed my fix. and the guy in front of me bought mine, and just... drove away. my day was 10,000% better because of someone else's kindness.
my friend that damned junket left this comment on monday's introductory post and it really fits today's theme. i want to share it with you (hope that's ok, junks):
Wanna hear something weird? Right before I read this post I was at the drive thru getting some lunch. (Shut it.) There was a homeless man standing outside the car in front of me and smiling at him. It was a little unnerving because he didn't look like a well individual. He followed the car the whole time as it moved through the line. Everyone around was staring at him. Then, as the car left the drive thru, it pulled off to the side and out came a hand with a bag of food in it. He gave it to the man. This was clearly not the first time he has done this. The look on that man's face wasn't because he was being creepy. He knew that he was about to get a chance to eat. Something he may not have done in days for all I knew. It broke my heart. Then, I came home and read your post and I felt it. I really felt your words.
there are things we can do that take very little effort, investment, or money from us and those tiny things that seems so insignificant can turn someone else's life around. it doesn't have to be a grand gesture. common everyday politeness can make the world a brighter place. hold the door for someone. SMILE at a stranger (but not creepily, please). give up your place in line to a mom with her hands full. help an old guy with his bag. this is common sense stuff. but when you're having the worst day ever and you're on the verge of tears that little smiling helping hand can bring the comfort back in. to know that not everyone out there in the world is an asshole out to get you. it doesn't take much.
as the theme of the week seems to be, we're all beating the same path together
challenge of the day- do something kind for a stranger. it can be something easy. and share your ideas and stories about it here. i'm bad with public anything. inspire me, i know you can do it.
those checking in yesterday:
The Accidental Olympian: Kindness & Karma week: Family edition
Ashley's mom is an inspiration!
Hand Pecked: Kindness & Karma week
(in light of yesterday's blogging love post, i think she needs some extra)
and rendermemama and couplemorehours checked in with me on twitter about remembering what's important- assembling IKEA and packing stress be damned.
tomorrow: keeping life in perspective
and don't forget about the big finale friday- the kindness & karma contest.
i'm going to be giving away another hand made surprise.