Who will you spoil on your birthday?
If your birth signals your opportunity to affect the world, why aren’t birth-days more about celebrating that fact instead of serving ourselves cake?
Few years ago on my 24th birthday, Rebecca Currey and her friends inspired us to do something different. 24 “Random Acts of Kindness”, one act for every year of life. (Funny enough, this event led to something even greater 18 months later.) So what were the random good deeds, you ask?
Well, first, we created a poll on Reddit asking for public nominations of “kind things to do around town”. We then met at my place as a “staging area”, to split up into teams, arrange purchases, write encouragement notes, get some shovels together, etc. Here’s the full list:
1) handed out dryer tokens at the laundromat on Fulton
2) paid for a customer at Taco Bell
3) paid for the car behind us at Wendy’s. (The manager was so taken aback by this, he manually added a 50% discount for the next order to chip in as well)
4) Gave out gallons of hot chocolate out at Rosa Parks Circle
5) Placed witty notes of motivation on car windshields (esp. those w/ parking tickets)
6) Gave random strangers “Saturday Hugs”
7) Gave home-baked pumpkin oatmeal cookies to people on Division
8) Helped a stranger pay for his gas at Shell
9) Gave a bag of cans to a collector
10) Returned shopping carts at Family Fare
11) Helped a family at Goodwill pay for their purchases
12) Donated clothes, a Bible, and a football to Goodwill
13) Took pictures with Lucas and John and printed copies out for them
14) Gave two bottles of bubbles to a young girl
15) Picked up trash around family fare
16) Gave flowers to a series of 3 hospital patients we didn’t know at the hospital
17) Bought bus passes for a woman needing them
18) Huddled and prayed for a grandmother’s lost dog. He came back the next day!
19) Handed out nutritious granola bars!
20) Filled expired parking meters (once in front of the cops!)
21) Heard stories from several retirees at Clark Retirement Center
22) Connected a tech friend of ours who donated a laptop to a woman who had lost her job and had no computer to use at home.
So we didn’t quite hit 24. However, we thought of it this way; instead of asking, “Did we ‘hit’ 24 random acts of kindness?”, we instead asked, “Did we make the hour, day, or week of 24 different people?” We found that to be the better question, and the answer to be most assuredly, “Yes.”
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
x-posted from the FoodCircles blog.