Friday, April 17, 2009

Random Acts

The face of today's world has changed so much, and it's easy to let that get us down. Things are difficult and many have lost their jobs, and along with that their sense of independence and self-esteem. Many people are fighting for their lives, as cancer or some other disease takes their bodies.

There is so much suffering in the world; dictatorial regimes, poverty, hunger, abuse, crime. It's all so overwhelming. You want to help, but how? How can we affect change where we live and overseas? I believe the best place to start is in your own backyard, and then move out from there. It's the random act of kindness that changes the world. If we could just "think a little more of others, and a little less of ourselves," we'd be on a journey of a lifetime.

I'm reminded of a song I used to sing:

Let me be a little kinder,
Let me be a little blinder
to the faults of those around me.
Let me praise a little more!
Let me be when I am weary
just a little bit more cheery,
Think a little more of others
and a little less of me.

Let me be a little braver
when temptation bids me waver
Let me try a little harder
to be all that I should be.
Let me be a little meeker
with a brother that is weaker.
Let me think more of my neighbour
and a little less of me.

There are more verses, but you get the drift.

Random acts of kindness can be done anywhere at anytime when an opportunity presents itself, or just because. It would preferably be to a stranger, and anonymously. I love my friends and family, and will always be kind to them and look for ways to bless them. But what of those that have no one, or who are down or dying? Who do they have if not me and you?

So this is my challenge to anyone reading this post. In spite of your own circumstances, can you take a moment, no matter how short or long, to bless someone with a random act of kindness everyday?

Here are 10 ideas to get you going:

Leave flowers at someone's doorstep with a little card explaining what or Who your inspiration is.

Pay a poor local teen to mow an elderly neighbour's yard.

Tape a loonie to a pay phone.

Write letters to people in a senior's home...or visit them, talk with them, read to them.

Buy a homeless person lunch or coffee.

Plug someone's parking meter.

Smile at everyone..make them laugh if you can.

Compliment a stranger and wish them a good day.

Be nice to that annoying phone solicitor, and wish them a good day. They're just doing a poor-paying job.

Stop to help someone.

Need more ideas? Here's a link to some great stories!

Have a wonderful day!!