We’ve all heard stories of someone in line buying something for someone else, or someone going to pay a grocery or lunch bill, only to find out that it has already been paid by someone mysteriously.
These are what are known as random acts of kindness. They happen everyday, and sometimes go unnoticed.
We all know that having RA is tough, but random and not-so-random acts of kindness can make it seem a little bit easier, especially on the really rough days.
Random and not-so-random acts of RA kindness are when…
A friend offers you a ride home so you won’t have to walk in the cold.
A stranger holds open a heavy door so you don’t have to attempt to open it yourself.
Your pharmacy knows you well enough to make sure that they always put the non-child-proof caps on your prescriptions.
Your boyfriend cuts your food for you when he sees you are struggling to hold a knife.
A family member assists you in clasping a bra or zipping up a zipper.
A friend gives you one of those rubber jar openers, never realizing how handy it would come in one day. (You can’t imagine how many times I’ve nearly gone postal and was ready to throw a jar of tomato sauce at the wall)
You had romantic evening plans, but you’re so tired, it hurts, and your partner obliges, no questions asked.
I’m sure the list is endless, and I would love to hear others’ examples of random and not-so-random acts of kindness as they relate to RA.
Maybe these are things that come with the territory, but when they happen to me, I feel lucky, and try not to take them for granted.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that can really end up meaning the most.
It’s hard to admit that we need help, and sometimes the biggest and best kindness is when those around us don’t make us ask for help. They just know. And they just do.
And I have to make one very important observation. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Random Acts are both abbreviated RA.
Makes you think a bit differently about the meaning of RA, doesn’t it?