I know that there's nothing that we can do or say to take the pain away or truly help the survivors through this time. It is going to be a slow healing process for them. What we can do are small things. Things where we live. Things that may make a difference to someone, somehow. Things to bring happiness to others who may need it more than we know. So, for what it's worth, I'll be doing a Random Act of Kindness each day for the next 26 days (one in honor of each victim who lost their life in Newtown). Just a small gesture....a small way to honor those precious lives that were lost, and a way, to hopefully touch more lives. Who knows? Maybe one will reach someone who needed a smile or a kind gesture at just that moment.
1. Pay the drive-thru bill for someone behind me at a fast-food restaurant or Starbucks, leaving a cheery message on a post-it for them instead
2. Leave bakery treats for the mailman
3. Take dog food, treats and toys to an animal rescue or shelter
4. Let someone go ahead of me in line (preferably someone with their hands full or an antsy toddler)
5. Let several cars pull out in busy holiday traffic (yep, bend my rule of only letting one out at a time)
6. Give my husband an unexpected massage
7. Write encouraging messages to random friends on social media
8. Give blessing bags and/or giftcards to homeless on street corners
9. Leave bakery treats or small giftcards for the garbage collectors
10. Smile at everyone throughout the day - track the number of smiles received back
11. Leave a big tip and note of thanks to a server at a favorite restaurant
12. Leave a random $5 bill and a note to "pay-it-forward" someone in an envelope at a random place
13. Donate clothes
14. Leave a joke to put a smile on someone's face with a note to "keep it going"
15. Put at least $20 in a red kettle
16. Hamburgers for the homeless - bring lunch to a homeless person
17. Send a surprise card telling someone how special they are
18. Put change in vending machines/laundromats
19. Leave my husband a random love note
20. Buy coffee for outside workers on a cold day (road construction crew, etc)
21. Write a thank-you note to someone who has made a difference in my life
22. Pass out compliments all day long
23. Leave an already-read book (w/a note) in a waiting room for someone else to enjoy
24. Leave a happy note & $5 giftcard on someone's car in a parking lot
25. Leave all the coins in my purse laying around town throughout the day (heads up, of course!)
26. Write a little "you're special" note to each of my students
Do you have other RAK ideas? Are you interested in participating in 26 RAK for Newtown victims. I would love to hear from you. Let's work to make a difference in our communities.
I would also like to share this blog post in case you haven't seen it.
Thinking the Unthinkable
I read this on Saturday and woke up still thinking about it on Sunday. How I feel for this mother. We need to become active in changing laws - it is unimaginable that there is no place for families to get help for these "troubled" children before crimes are committed. As a teacher, I've seen these children. I've taught a couple of these children in my 15 years in this profession, and frankly, that terrifies me....enough to try to make a change.
I've received several comments and/or emails regarding this post with people saying that they would like to participate with their own 26 Random Acts of Kindness, so I'm updating this post as a way to link up a post of your own if you'd like to share your own list of 26 RAKs that you plan to complete. Of course, these RAK lists are flexible. I'm already thinking of doing some of the things that you all have suggested! I especially love the idea of leaving a note and money in the cover of a book at a bookstore so that someone can buy the book on you! I know that would make my day! ;)
I'd love you to link up below and share your lists, and of course, use the button above and share this post url so others can link up, too!