Last week’s service challenge was a little bit heavier, but I am so grateful for the support that was shown! If you’d like to learn more about Operation Underground Rescue, please see last week’s post here.
This week, I was thinking about Black Friday.
I’m sure you’re familiar with that infamous day. The day after Thanksgiving, the news is full of stories of people pushing and shoving and fighting and hurting one another so they can get a good deal on their Christmas gifts. In fact, several years ago, I walked into Walmart on Black Friday … just in time to see someone getting tasered by a police office.
I’m not anti-Black Friday by any means. I still do a bit of shopping that day. And I am all about a good deal when I get one. But when saving money becomes more important than being kind … well, that’s when things get sad.
This past November, I was introduced to a fun page on Facebook called RAK Friday. Their goal was to take Black Friday – a day known for impatient people and short tempers – and turn it into a day full of Random Acts of Kindness (“RAKs”).
I LOVE IT.
Although it is wonderful to serve our families and our friends and our neighbors, there is a power that comes from serving a stranger. You’re doing something good, knowing that you will never be repaid. You’re reaching out of your comfort zone a bit, and you might never know what a difference you’re making.
But you are going to make a difference.
We’ve started a new feature here at Let’s Do Some Good Today: Kindness Matters Monday. Because … well, the name says it all. Kindness really does matter. But sometimes, it’s easy to forget. Sometimes don’t realize the lasting impact that out kindness can have. I hope these stories show you that it DOES matter. It CAN make a difference.
This week, I want you to go out of your way and do something for a stranger that you wouldn’t normally do. I want you to be consciously kinder than you would normally be. I don’t want you to just read this article and think, “Well, I’m a kind person already.” I know you are, and I am so grateful to have connected with all of you. But I don’t just want you to be kind – I want you to take action. I want you to go out and intentionally do something to make a stranger’s day better.
Here are a few ideas to get you going:
* Go around town with quarters or dollars and spread some sunshine
* Flower bomb someone
* Leave coupons in the grocery store for someone else to find
* Donate a few dollars to a charitable cause, such as Operation Underground Railroad
* Buy a gift card and give it away (or leave it for someone to find – make sure to attach a note so they know it’s for them to take)
* Print off some Feel the Love printables to share, encouraging others to pay forward the kindness they receive
For more inspiration, you can check out some of my favorite websites, Pennies of Time and The Birthday Project. Or you can read through our previous weekly service challenges to find some more ideas.
So what are you planning on doing this week to make someone’s life a little bit better? I’d love to hear your ideas!