For my Random Act of Kindness today (RAOK), I went to my local dry cleaners and asked if I could pay off the balance for someone. I had a balance of my own that I had to settle so I told them to tack on the charge. I’ve been going to the same dry cleaners for years and I absolutely adore the husband/wife team. When I told the wife what I was thinking of doing, she was immediately on the job. She said she wanted to help someone who she thought was in need either financially or emotionally of a Random Act of Kindness. I thought that was a great idea.
Since I’m not Bill Gates or Donald Trump, my RAOK’s are always something affordable and I had a dollar amount in mind that I couldn’t exceed. She told me not to worry, that she would cover the rest. How awesome is that? She said that her grandfather raised her to do good deeds every day for people and she has lived her life accordingly. She listed some examples from sewing on military badges for no charge to reaching for grocery items on the top shelf for a person in need.
As I stared into her eyes, I really listened to what she had to tell me. Although we come from two different cultures, backgrounds, worlds, we are all connected. The more I do these RAOK’s, the more I realize that our struggles are all the same. Our dreams are all the same. We are all the same. So when we take out the time to lessen the burden for someone else, we do the same for ourselves.
After our discussion, we agreed that I would give her time to think of the lucky recipient and when she decided she would attach the Kindness Card to their bill. She asked for me to write my name on the card and I politely refused. I never include any kind of contact information because I want the attention to be focused solely on the receiver. I want the person to accept something given to them with no strings attached, in hopes that they will give freely from their heart.
So will you OM the moment for your soul this week by doing a RAOK? I hope so. And when you do, tell me your story in the comments below.