The Brody Bunch – Random Acts of Kindness in Coupons, Raspberries, & Spare Change, taking it into 2019

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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.

Sharing Raspberries

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.

Resolutions

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.

The Brody Bunch – Wishing for Random Acts of Kindness

A Man in Need, A Bully & Me

In the season of giving, things went wrong in my quick exchange with someone asking for help.  I was leaving Target, and walking with two strangers. Another man sitting with his belongings on a bench asked “do you have anything to spare?”  I smiled and nodded my head no. One of the men said under his breath, but loud enough to hear, “GET A JOB”. I said to this very large man, “Stop it, you don’t know his circumstances.”  The man argumentatively continued that the man asking for anything to spare could work at McDonald’s. I added, “he may not have skills or may have medical circumstances whereas he can’t work, you are being unkind.”  The man insisted that McDonald’s was the option. I stood up to a bully.

Offered Kindness & a Granola Bar & Received Rejection

I got into my car, drove around the parking lot back to the man, and got out of the car.  I said to the man, “I am sorry that man was so mean and unkind. And, I have a granola bar for you.  You might want it later.” The man was initially friendly and now had a freighting look on his face. “I do not want your granola bar.”  I responded, “You might want it later. Please.” He said, “Go away with your granola bar. I don’t want it, because of my teeth.” I was surprised, and complimented his teeth and suggested that the granola bar can be crushed.  The man told me firmly “GO AWAY.” No smile. No thank you. Just, GO AWAY.

I went away crushed. I stood up to a man physically bigger than me.  Then I was rejected by someone I was trying to help.

I got in back in the car, sad. Later, I gave my kid the granola bar which he accepted with gratitude.

Wishing for Random Acts of Kindness

On this 8th Night of Chanukah, my holiday wish is that as many people as possible give the gift of small acts of kindness.  Like a menorah, we can all be the light.  If we each do something kind in the Universe, it will be better for all of us, no matter what our circumstance.  My next small act of kindness was to let a car in front of me and not use bad words when he didn’t wave thank you, I started very small. 

We need as many people as possible doing small random acts of kindness. It’s free. It’s easy. It’s the spirit of the holiday season. And, you won’t need a gift receipt.