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Did you know this week is Random Act of Kindness Week?  It’s true!  A whole week dedicated to being kind to those around us – what joy!

The best part about doing RAKs is that they don’t have to cost money or even be that “amazing” of tasks.  Here are a few RAKs I did on Monday:

  • Held the door open for a student whose hands were full of books
  • Complimented a coworker
  • Allowed someone to use the faculty restroom before me (don’t laugh – when you are a teacher and can only leave your classroom during designated times of the day – this RAK is HUGE!)
  • Drove past the closest parking space in the parking lot so someone else could be blessed by a shorter walk
  • Smiled and greeted coworkers as I passed them on the sidewalk
  • Sent messages on FB to friends letting them know I was thinking about them
  • Shared my homemade chex mix with a coworker
  • Stopped what was on my “to-do” list to help coworkers right when they needed help

See?  Random acts of kindness can be easy! (Granted, some easier than others, lol.)  Many times we find ourselves overwhelmed or in a rut when we think we have to do something over-the-top amazing to make a difference in the lives of others.  Let me reassure you that EVERY act of kindness is important and has the potential to be life changing!  Seriously!

Today I performed two specific RAKs.  First, I brought chocolate to share at the professional development training I was leading after school.  (Chocolate ALWAYS makes people feel good, right?)

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Second, I bagged my own groceries at Kroger and took them out to my car in the freezing cold to save the bagger an extra trip outside.

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See?  Easy.  Nothing to it!

I would love to know what you are doing to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Week!  Share your experiences through Twitter, Instagram, FB or right here on my WordPress blog… just add the hashtag #RAKweek to your post so we can inspire each other!

Be blessed, dear friends, and RAK on!  🙂

Well, I knew it was going to happen.  Once I made a decision to start blessing others, there was NO WAY I could wait until my actual birthday in September!  So here we go – my 40th Birthday Project has officially started!  Let the blessings begin!

This evening as I was in the checkout line at Kroger, I overheard a conversation between the cashier and the lady standing in front of me.  With a darling little girl bouncing in her arms, the lady swiped her credit card again only to receive another message of “Unable to authorize.”  The Kroger staff was more than compassionate, offering to hold her groceries in cold storage while she called her bank to work out the issue.  As she moved to the side to allow for my turn, my heart just went out to her.  “Let me just get the things I need to make dinner tonight,” she said, as she and the Kroger manager started pulling items out of her bagged groceries.

Of course you know what I did.  How could I possibly resist?  “Ma’am, just add those things to my groceries.  I’ll buy your dinner tonight.”  Yes, she was surprised.  As was everyone now gathered around us, watching.  “No, no, it’s OK,” she replied, “I have a little bit of cash in my wallet.”  But she didn’t realize the importance of this moment.  This was HER moment.  HER time to be blessed.  HER time to be shown love.  Compassion.  Kindness.  And WOW – what a moment indeed!

I bought the groceries she needed to make dinner tonight.  And the grape soda she had in her hands.  Because little things matter.

I didn’t have any business cards with me, so I wrote my information on a slip of paper with a pen.  I explained the premise of my birthday project: that she now has 40 days to bless someone else and comment on this blog about what she did.  Even if she chooses not to visit this blog, I know that tonight was simply divine intervention.  God wanted to bless this woman, and I was in the right place at the right time to make it happen.

WOW!  What a way to start my 40th Birthday Project!  Who shall be blessed next?  I can’t wait to find out!  🙂

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