Random Acts Of Kindness: Bringing Hope To Others
Did you know that there is a Random Act Of Kindness website? The site I found lists different types of ways to brighten the day of others, whether they be friends or strangers.
One of the suggestions is to say something nice to someone. "Just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings." -Elie Wiesel
Talking to a homeless person, or making care packages for a homeless person, is one of the suggestions that caught my attention. I think this one is particularly needed, and such a compassionate act.
I have lived on this earth for six decades. I have lived though the sixties when we wore “super bells.” If you are too young to know what those are, I will tell you. When I was in college we wore bell-bottom jeans. Super bells were just as the name implies. They were huge at the bottom. Some of us walked around barefoot in our super bell jeans. No one could see your feet anyway
During that time, I have seen common courtesies, such as saying, “Hello,” go by the wayside. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I remember people being kinder and more considerate of others when I was younger. That may be due to the fact that everyone seems to be multi-tasking these days. Before computers and cell phones, people actually talked to one another face to face. Don’t get me wrong, here. I am so thankful for the technology we have today. My computer allows me to communicate with others when I am stuck at home in a flare.
Still, I have a soft spot in my heart for the days when people knew their neighbors. I loved Sunday summer evenings when I was a child. Neighbors came by to visit. There was always hot coffee, cold iced tea, and some sort of fruit pie to share. Since we live in a fast-paced society now, random acts of kindness can make a huge and positive impact on another person’s life. When people are treated kindly, they are likely to pass it on.
I was having a lot of health issues this past Christmas. We didn’t have a tree up, and I love Christmas trees. My best friend surprised me with a package delivered by Fedx the week before Christmas. Inside the package was a live European Spruce tree. It came complete with a little string of lights and tiny ornaments. My friend made my Christmas with that wonderful act of kindness. Cindy Cypress, as I now call her, is living in her new, expanded home. She spends her time in our Florida room catching sun rays and growing. Every time I look at her, I smile.
Random acts of kindness do not have to be extravagant. They don’t have to cost any money, either. Sometimes a phone call can make all the difference. We all like to feel that someone cares about us. Sending cards with a handwritten note inside is a lovely way to brighten someone’s day. Sending a small bouquet of flowers along with a card is even better. I have found that helping someone else helps me, too. Practicing random acts of kindness helps us all.
I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year. We are in the season of Lent, though. I didn’t give anything up for Lent. Instead, I resolved to practice more random acts of kindness. I wonder what would happen if we all resolved to do more for others. Just thinking about it makes me happy.
Vanessa wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).