A couple of weeks ago, I was researching Instant Pot rib recipes. (The Instant Pot is one of the most amazing kitchen appliances of our time- a digital pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, veggie steamer, cheesecake maker…I digress lol.) I decided to post in the Instant Pot community FB group to see if any members had a tried and true recipe. An older gentleman commented that he had private messaged me. Low and behold, he had sent me a pic of a computer print out bearing his beloved, secret recipe for spicy ribs! It was clear that he hadn’t wanted to share it with the whole FB group, but he chose to share it with me, a perfect stranger! I was so touched, and immediately wrote him a little “thank you”, and we exchanged a few more pleasantries! What a sweet random act of kindness on his part! (You all know from my previous blog post, that in the domestic department, I need all the help I can get lol!)
As we sat on the patio one evening this past week, my husband Billy and I were talking about how crazy the world is right now. There is so much negativity and division. There are natural disasters happening-everywhere. It is a time of unrest and uncertainty. The world could really use some positivity. Some extra love and kindness. Don’t you agree?
After doing some brainstorming and a little researching online, we thought we’d propose a random acts of kindness challenge for this upcoming week of September 9th. It doesn’t have to cost any money nor involve a time commitment. You decide your approach…
*Decide personally or as a family, if you will either: be on the look out for people who could use some help or encouragement. Maybe you could smile or have a brief chat with someone who looks lonely. Maybe you could offer some assistance to an elderly person or a mother who is wrangling her young’ins in the store.
Or, perhaps you want to be more premeditated about your “random” act of kindness. You may have someone in your life that helps you out a lot. It could even be someone who provides you a service- your nanny, mail carrier, or lawn guy… Could you write them a note? Slip an extra $5 or small gift certificate for a lunch at a local restaurant.
The sky is the limit for what we could do! Here’s a link to a website with 50 ideas for random acts of kindness. 50 Random Acts of Kindness
We all are busy, but I don’t think we are too busy to spread kindness and love. What an example this can be for our children! It isn’t all about “me.” We need to look outside of ourselves. Step out of our comfort zones. Stop talking about showing love. Start “doing love.” This is part of living intentionally. It requires a shift in thinking, and it takes some practice. It takes being aware of what’s happening around us, and letting others into our world. We want to be better about doing it. What about you?
Please let us know what you think! Are you “in” on next week’s Random Act of Kindness? We’d love to hear from you, but if you’d rather keep it private, it’s okay not to tell us too. We just hope this touches you in some way or inspires you.