Point is, we like coffee. Today we decided to spread love and kindness through coffee. We went through a drive-thru and paid for the person behind us. We were going to do it no matter who it was, but in the rear view it looked like a college student. They ordered two drinks. We didn’t know that when we told the girl at the window we wanted to pay for the person behind us, we just figured there were two by how much it was. That made us even happier. The kid behind us was taking a drink to someone else, spreading the joy even further than just his car in that moment.
We pretty much take our dogs for a walk everyday. The length varies, depending on weather and our schedule, but for the most part we try to get them out for a jaunt on a daily basis. When we walk we choose routes in our area of town, in our neighborhood. During today’s walk we decided, as our daily act of kindness, that we would take a trash bag along and pick up garbage. We walked about a mile and a half and ended picking up nearly an entire large kitchen sized bag of garbage. We couldn’t believe some of the stuff we found. Everything from an empty liquor bottle to what looked like old rags that had flown off a truck. A plethora of refuse, just around this particular route in our neighborhood. It made us feel good to do it. We actually wondered why we hadn’t done it before. Just think of how great it would be if everyone did this on theirs walks, even once a week.
Today’s random act of kindness was to call a faraway friend or relative to say hello. We decided to pick up the phone and give Lisa, K’s cousin, a jingle. We hardly ever get to see her, and shamefully never talk to her on the phone, so we thought she would be a good choice. The funny thing is when she answered the first thing she asked was if she was our act of kindness today. We told her yes! It was a great conversation and we were so glad we called her.
It reminded us, again, that we should reach out more often to those people in our lives we love. All it takes is a quick phone call or even an email to say, I’m thinking of you, and I love you.
K and I have been in a funk for a bit. A lot of people have, we aren’t alone in this. Mostly for us I think it’s because there’s so much anger and nastiness out there. But when we talk about it we, being us, inevitably end up talking about how we can’t do anything personally about the really big stuff, but we can do something right here where we live. We can volunteer, which we will do starting after the first of the year, but we can also, and I think more importantly, be kind. Be kind, joyful, genuine, and sincere. We can try to spread hope and love. We can look people in the eye, smile at them, and say hello.
This place of wanting to be kind is where this idea sprang from. Starting today, we are using as a blueprint (we aren’t going to do everything on it as written, and will probably change a few of the things to better suit our personalities and such) the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness 2016 calendar we found floating around on the internet. We printed it off, put it on the fridge, and are starting off our Kindness Advent (as we like to call it) with the first thing on the calendar, writing a letter to a soldier.
We liked this idea very much and wanted to send something to a soldier overseas who might not get a lot of mail. I did some research and found an organization called Any Soldier. They have soldiers in units/regiments who act as contacts for the organization. The organization sends you an address for one of these soldiers who then, when the get your letter, pass it on to another soldier in their unit who doesn’t get that much mail. Very cool. We used a card one of my friends made and gave to me a long time ago. She does water-color and this one in particular really spoke to me. It feels like winter and quiet and Christmas.
So here we go. Off on this adventure of kindness. I’m going to post every day about whatever random act of kindness, or not so random, we decide to do. It’s our people see this and decide they themselves could do something similar, or at least smile more, say hello more, be kinder in their every day lives. It’s our hope this helps to start an avalanche of kindness.
Honestly, we could use a bit more kindness in the world. A bit more love. A bit more joy. A bit more hope. A bit more…. so, pass it on.