It was pretty cool that I didn’t even have to leave my house to look for a chance to do a random/spontaneous kindness yesterday.
So I thought I’d test the universe, and see if an opportunity fell into my lap today. I worked out at the gym in the morning. Nothing presented itself.
A friend called and wanted to meet for lunch, but I’d just eaten and was going to the nursing home at 2. Cowboy Fan and Scout wanted to meet me at the movies at 4.
Yeah, I know visiting a friend in a nursing home is a kindness, it’s just that I was testing the universe to see if it would lay a surprise choice in front of me. As the day went by, I became more desperate. Surely if an opportunity dropped in my lap yesterday, the world would spin out a chance to do an unplanned good deed today.
So like Lisa (yesterday), as the day went by, I became more desperate to find an opportunity. Nothing. This evening, the handicapped lady in the wheel chair at Albertson’s didn’t even want help getting her groceries into the trunk. And when I polled my family to see what kindnesses they could use, the answer was: “Nothing.” and “Not now, I’m doing homework.” So it seemed the universe had conspired against me. All chances to help had slammed shut.
Then it dawned on me. An opportunity had presented itself, and I’d turned it down. The friend who wanted to go to lunch— I’m sure she needed to talk since she’s going through a rough time in her life. It wouldn’t have taken much effort to move things around and see her. I realize now, that I could have made it all happen. But I didn’t. We did chat on the phone, but you know that’s just not the same.
I wonder how many other opportunties I missed?
- Day 1: The results of a Random Act of Kindness are interesting, but not predictable
- Day 2: I will be presented with RAKs, and being open to others’ needs may help me to see them.
How’s the experiment going for others. Any difference in the Universe, yet?