Today is Thursday, September 11, the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington. This is the 255 day of the year with 111 remaining. In honor of those who died on 9-11, I challenge you to take a few moments to perform a random act of kindness today.
Here’s the truth about kindness: Even the smallest gesture can have a huge impact, and not just on the recipient. You feel good whenever you do good for others.
I subscribe to a weekly newsletter produced by www.realsimple.com/. Today it shared a few suggestions on spreading kindness which can reverberate around the world – or at least your neighborhood. As Southerners, we were raised to write thank you notes and take a dish to friends who are sick and grieving. But I picked up a few more I hadn’t thought about – I’m going to try out the “drive through window tip” to see how it feels.
Here are a few you might not have considered:
If you know someone is going out to dinner to celebrate a special occasion, call the restaurant in advance and say you’ll pick up the cost of her wine or dessert. Most eateries will take your credit card number and charge it.
If someone goes beyond their job description to help you, call or send an e-mail to her supervisor praising her. The employee will get a small career boost, and the boss will probably be thrilled to hear something other than complaints.
Leave your extra change in the soda machine for someone else to find. Better yet, leave enough change for a soda.
Take a batch of cookies to the fire or police department in your town.
If you spot someone taking photos of their friends or family, go up and volunteer to take it so the photographer can get in the photo as well.
Pay for the drive-through order of the car behind you. They will have ordered by the time you pick up your food.
Carry a bag of candy in your auto and send one back to the bank teller through the deposit tubes at drive-through banks.
Take an early morning walk, carrying a plastic bag to pick up any trash in your neighborhood. Also take time to place newspapers up on the porch especially for elderly neighbors. I once knew a man in Starkville who used to drive around town at the crack of dawn, picking up papers and putting them up on the porch for the sick and shut-ins.
And remember what goes around, comes around.
If you have other suggestions I would love to hear about them. Have a kinder, gentler day!