November 13 is World Kindness Day. I first came across the idea of random acts of kindness when I read Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Although this is a novel, the concept of simply doing something kind for someone else with no expectation of a return made a huge impact. The book, which was subsequently made into a movie starring Kevin Spacey told the simple story of a social studies teacher who set a project and a young man with a bright idea.
The task was to Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action.
The 12-year-old came up with the idea of doing something kind for three people. Simple things really, but things that made a difference. Instead of ‘paying him back’ he asked them to pay it forward but doing a favour for 3 people themselves. This resulted in a whole lot of kindness.
Random acts of kindness can take any sort of form. I am blessed to have been the recipient so many times. Just recently I received a slip from the postman to say that I had missed a delivery. I wasn’t expecting anything. The parcel arrived on a week when I really needed a lift and I was delighted to find, some yummy sweets, a magazine and some sparkly bath salts along with a card from a dear friend.
When browsing art books (a bit of an obsession with me), I came across the concept of leaving a piece of art or a message in a public place for someone to pick up. Imagine coming across something really beautiful and knowing that a random act of kindness put it there, just for you.
My challenge to you, and to myself is to take a minute or two to be kind to a friend or stranger, especially on World Kindness Day – 13 November 2015. It doesn’t cost much and can make a huge difference in someones day.
Take a visit to this awesome website the home of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. It is truly inspirational and the source of the fab graphic on this post.
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