Over the last few days, I have hit the “Random Acts of Kindness” wall.
I am learning that it is not easy to perform all of these acts without spending a decent amount of money and/or without repeating many of the same acts, so I am falling behind in my numbers. I am still kind (for the most part), but sometimes I just don’t feel like documenting those acts. However, I made this commitment to myself, my children and the RAKtivist community (yes, it’s a thing) and I plan to see all 365 Acts of Kindness through to the end.
I need to try harder, but what I have also learned is that sometimes it’s the unexpected acts of kindness or moments of connection with other people that make the biggest impact.
One such moment happened yesterday…
I had to take one of our children to the doctor to have her ankle checked out. I knew I was pushing it arriving at 4:07pm when their hours run until 5pm, but that was the only time we could make it.
I could tell the lady behind the counter had had a long day.
While I watched her process our paperwork, I admired the braid she had wrapped around her head in a Star Wars character-inspired style or perhaps even a halo. Instead of keeping it to myself, I said, “I love your braid.”
She looked up from the forms and said, “What did you say?”
Clearing my throat, I said it a little louder, “I really like your braid.” I raised my hand and held it to my own head to demonstrate what I was talking about.
Her face softened, she smiled and then her hand went up to touch her head, “Awwwww…thank you.”
More paperwork was processed and she then she went to hand me a clipboard. Before she did, she stopped and said, “You are very pretty. Your eyes are such a neat color and your hair looks so nice.” Now it was my turn to blush and reach up to my hair and say “thank you”.
She giggled, “Look at us, complimenting each other and everything.”
I was giddy. It made my whole entire day. I explained that just the day before I was a lot more blond due to a botched highlight job and that I had to walk around all weekend long hating my brassy, not so golden, locks. And then, in an attempt to adjust the color on Monday morning, my hairdresser had to go a little bit darker and now my blond is “pulling warmer tones.” Or, as my kids have told me, “MOM! Your hair is RED! Did you ask for it that way?!”
The lady behind the counter assured me that it was just the perfect shade.
And, with that compliment, I feel ready to climb over that wall. :0)
The Weekly RAK-Up
#131. Gave someone a compliment (and received one in return). RAK of the Week
#130. Registered team for ice cream eating contest to benefit The Cancer Couch Foundation.
#129. Handed out grocery store gift cards in honor of Joan Berg and “Shopping with the Bergs”.
#128. Helped a woman with a baby stroller get through a doorway.
#127. Gave up seat at airport so family could sit together.
#126. Handed out waters to the landscaping crew who was helping with our spring clean-up.
Looking for any and all kindness ideas…if you have any, please share them with me, I’d love to hear them! Thank you!