Wow! Thanks for your feedback everybody. Here’s why I need you.
I told my brother I was trying out random (okay, substitute the word spontaneous) acts of kindness this week to see if it made any difference in my life or anyone else’s.
He laughed so hard he could hardly speak. His exact words were: “For one week?”
Well, okay…I guess my Mother Teresa gene hasn’t fully developed. I was thinking that I would do things for others that were spur of the moment, and maybe even things that take me out of my comfort range.
So, when a kid came to the door and wanted Cowboy Fan to buy a coupon card for Pizza Hut and I heard him say “No,” because we’re trying to lose the fudge and cheeseballs we’ve packed around our hips during Christmas, I thought this was my “spontaneous chance.”
I bounced to the door and gave her $10 bucks for her 4-H fundraiser pizza card.
“What are we going to do with that?” Cowboy Fan asked. Not only do we not need pizzas, it was coupons to buy 12 large and get 12 medium FREE!
“I don’t know.” I shrugged and tossed it on my desk where a lot of good intentions lay, waiting to be filed or activated. Throughout the day, I’d glance at it and shake my head. I don’t know what I was expecting from this “spontaneous kindness” experiment. As Lisa pointed out, I’ll probably never know what ripples it creates.
And then Scout saw the card. With only the zeal that a young man with a bottomless stomach can muster, he exclaimed, “We are so using EVERY ONE of these. This is GREAT!”
Okay. That wasn’t the result I was expecting. But it was a result. Interesting. Now I’m curious to see what will happen the rest of the week.
Thanks for checking in everyone. This will be really interesting to see what a group of people sending random/spontaneous good deeds out into the universe will change.
Roxie, did you notice any difference in yourself or the world after you mailed your kindness? Lisa, it must have been pizza-kindness day yesterday, and yes, I think even the smallest kindness counts. We’re making an extra effort to shoot more good surprises into the world this week and see if it matters.