I’ve always been inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness movement. It’s such a simple philosophy and so easy to make part of everyday life. But like most people I’m busy, life gets in the way, and the desire I have to be kind to others gets pushed to the back burner without me even realising it.
Recently, on a rainy afternoon, I was rushing to get my three kids in the car without all of us ending up like drowned rats. We were finally in when I noticed an older women standing under a shop awning looking stressed and anxious. She had no umbrella and a bag of groceries in her hand. So I jumped out with my brolly and offered her a hand. It took two minutes, she was grateful and I was on my way. Back in the car, my six-year-old asked me why I had helped her. The question shocked me at first. Didn’t he know that’s what people do? They help each other. And then it dawned on me, he will only know if I teach him by example.
So the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RAOCK) idea was born. From the 1st – 25th December our family would do at least one random act of kindness every day. We would do it as a family; think of ideas together and then go and do them. I mentioned it to a few friends and they wanted to be a part of it too. I loved the idea of sharing what they were going to do so I started a RAOCK Facebook page so we could share the love.
So where do you come in? I’m putting the challenge out there to you to be a part of this RAOCK adventure, I promise you, you’ll be glad you did! It doesn’t have to cost you a cent. You don’t have to do all 25 days. Even one RAOCK during the 25 days will make a difference in someone else’s life! And the ripple effects are huge. Don’t know what to do? I’ve got that covered:
* Return shopping trolleys back into the trolley bays
* Allow someone to go ahead of you in the supermarket line
* Load bags of groceries into people’s cars
* Feed parking meters
* Drop off hand written thank-you notes to your local police, fire, ambulance station (take biccies too!)
* Take hand-me-downs to a local charity
* Tuck happy notes on car windows wishing people a good day … the ideas are only limited to your imagination!
I’m so excited that my kids get to be a part of this and that by Christmas Day being kind to strangers will no longer be questioned in our house. But best of all being kind to others is a gift to myself because this feels amazing!
What ideas do you have for random acts of Christmas kindness? What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you over the Christmas season?