I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and it just seems that as the saying goes “If nothing changes, Nothing Changes” , we are doomed to
repeat everything we do each and every single day, day in day out for a week, a Month, a year...our lifetime.
We all know what just happened and this is the point of my thread. I’m not going to turn this into another Ct shooting thread or anti/pro gun
legislation. It’s all going to play out exactly as its supposed to. Either we win or we lose.
People around the World are feeling this grief. I’m Canadian and I can tell you that there were a lot of tears shed in my town as this unfolded. We
are all in this.
No. What I am asking for is a random act of kindness. The most selfless, warm-hearted and most appreciated act we as humans have at our disposal. A
random act with no expectations and sometimes even going without acknowledgement of the act because it’s done anonymously.
A random act of kindness can put a smile on a neighbor, stranger, friend, family member and just about anyone on the receiving end of the act. This is
what we need at this time. A showing of humanity in an otherwise terrifying and depressing time. Kindness.
Well to be honest it’s not going to cost me anything at the start.
I do a lot of shopping at a local grocery store for my take-out biz. I mean a lot! At this time of year they run a promo with what is referred to as
‘Turkey Dollars’. For the Month leading up to Christmas they hand out a dollar certificate for every $25 spent. Cash them in on a turkey a week
before Christmas. Dollar for Dollar. Most people are lucky enough to gather 5-10 and sometimes maybe 20 of these dollars which they use towards their
I have so far gathered over 100 of these dollars...
I don’t shop for household groceries but rather for my business. So, can I use 100 dollars
worth of turkey? Of course I can. I can use it in my business for soup, sandwiches etc. But this year I’m going to pick 3 nice birds (I figure
I’ll have another 50 turkey dollars this week) and give them away to 3 families I know that are in need. If I can stretch it to four, I'll do it.
They come into my store on a regular basis when they know we have our 1 dollar breads on display because they can’t afford more than that.
I can’t do it anonymously because I don’t know where they live but I’m going to tell them that I have too many turkey dollars this year and not
enough freezer space. I don’t know if they would be embarrassed with the truth but why even bother if it’s not important? And it isn’t. It’s
not much but it’s something I can do.
So now I’m asking others on ATS to think about what you can do as a random act of kindness. So many people are discouraged, feeling alone, empty
etc. One small act can give a bright moment if only for a little while at least. It can be anything that you either won’t miss or even a small
sacrifice that you will feel. Even the one you don’t miss will be welcome by someone else.
If you have an idea of what you might do, post it here so others might get a spark or an idea of what this is all about.
A few ideas. Follow the link for more.
prepare a meal for a homeless person
call your mother to tell her you love her
write a handwritten note
knit a beanie or blanket for a homeless person
put change in the washer/dryer for the next person
fill an expired or about to expire parking meter
leave some extra money in the vending machine
buy a little extra grocery for the local food bank
plant a tree
send your favorite grade school teacher flowers
write a thank you letter to your parents
pay the toll for the person behind you
tape a nice saying or thought to a bus window
instead of just thinking it, compliment someone
give a sad looking stranger a happy music cd
ask someone “how are you?” mean it. and listen.
make some baked goods for your neighbor(s)
hug your loved ones for no particular reason
make breakfast for your partner or housemate
call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
give someone a flower …or a dozen
offer someone else your seat on the bus/train
visit a senior center or nursing home
say “thank you” for the otherwise routine, mundane
pick up trash
donate one of your favorite possessions
give someone a fruit basket
collect clothes to take to a local shelter
stop to have a conversation with a homeless person
give an inspiring book to a struggling friend
leave your favorite book in a public place with a note
donate books to your local library
visit an animal shelter
volunteer at a soup kitchen
build a home with Habitat for Humanity
mentor local youth
pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru
buy dessert for someone eating out alone
pick up the tab for a random table at a restaurant
edit on 15-12-2012 by jude11 because: (no reason given)