The Kindness Department is Open Indefinitely
Winter Break is already going well in the kindness department. Carrying a few moments from the end of this year into the New Year with the reminder that it is better to give than to receive and my children were there to bare witness.
Goodwill – Giving Good Will
We often donate to Goodwill and receive coupons for future purchases with our tax deduction receipt. I had several coupons which expire at the end of the year. My daughter and I walked around a Goodwill store and found people with a lot of items in their shopping carts or buying Christmas presents for their kids and handed out our coupons. People smiled from ear to ear. One lady hugged me and wished me a Merry Christmas. Twenty percent on off on the coupon felt like a million dollars to my heart.
I bought my son a container of raspberries at the Farmer’s Market. We were leaving and the farmer whistled. I turned around and she nodded for me to take the other container of raspberries. My son and I were walking around with our raspberries and we saw a hungry man asking for money for something to eat. My son suggested that I give him the raspberries. I told the man that I do not give money, but I am happy to give raspberries. Literally paying it forward from the farmer, to me, to this man. He told me nicely that he doesn’t like raspberries. I admitted that these were not the best raspberries because they are out of season, but it is better than nothing to eat. He wanted to know if they were sweet. I asked him if he wanted to taste a raspberry and then make a better decision. He smiled. I took off my glove and gave him a raspberry. The man concurred that the raspberries didn’t taste good. He likes them sweeter. I told him a joke. And he told me that he was happy that I let him try one and then this big man swooped in and gave me a huge hug and wished me a Merry Christmas. It was a feel good moment of all sorts.
The Street Musician Playing “Jingle Bells”
While still at the Farmer’s Market, we could hear a musician performing “Jingle Bells”. I was visiting with my friend and I was so euphoric telling her about the man and the raspberries. My son left my side, and went to the musician and dropped the change from his pocket into her music case. He supports the arts, and he is 12. My heart was beaming with pride.
I am not one to make resolutions but I have been aware especially in the last few days how great it feels to do a random act of kindness. The recipient is appreciative, but the rush feeling in return is indescribable and I hope to feel it over and over.
I was aware when I didn’t honk and swear at someone who cut me off in traffic, I patted myself on the back. It felt great to go up to a mom posing her young girls dressed in their fanciest party dresses in front of the mall Christmas tree and offer to take a picture of the mom with her girls.
So, to be accountable, I am putting it out there, a simple act of random kindness each day is the way to live. Random kindness makes the world light and bright for someone else and does much for the soul.