Random Act of Kindness 3/13/13

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Love and kindness are never wasted. They always makes a difference.
— Helen James
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Today is Wednesday, a.k.a. Hump Day as in ‘get through today and the rest of the week is smooth sailing.' I chose this day because it’s dead smack in the middle of the week and what better way to pick yourself up then doing a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK)  for a stranger.  I’ve been on this mission of spreading kindness for months now and I’m starting to see other people participate, which makes it even more fun to share stories, pics, etc. On Instagram, @socialmediamomma bought coffee for the car in front of her and posted her RAOK pic bright and early this morning!

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I got the idea for today’s Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) from someone I follow on Instagram (@thekindnessrule). By the way,  I love Instagram and I post tons of pics so be sure to follow me @omthemoment to get daily inspiration.

‘The Kindness Rule’ also does RAOK’s in her neighborhood and leaves cards encouraging folks to pay it forward.  On one post, she left some detergent and quarters at a coin laundry for someone to find.  I thought it was a genius idea.  Growing up, I remember my parents and I lugging loads of laundry to the nearest laundry mat to spend hours cleaning/folding clothes.  Back then, the high efficiency washers didn’t exist so you could only do so many clothes at one time, which meant you were packed with people waiting around for a washer to open up. And trust me, in Miami with the scorching summer heat, that is not fun times. So the idea of making someone’s day by giving them detergent and quarters really appealed to me.

The question I get asked the most about doing a Random Act of Kindness is ‘how do you approach people?’  I usually find the person that makes eye contact with me and I smile to try to break the ice.  Today I saw an elderly couple walking into the laundry mat and I said hello and the husband responded with a robust “hello there pretty lady.”  I knew I had a winner.  I passed them the bag and said that I was helping them with a few loads of laundry as a Random Act of Kindness.  They looked in the bag filled with quarters and the RAOK card and gave me the thumbs up. I gave them one right back and left. 

Have you ever been a recipient of a Random Act of Kindness?  Will you OM the moment for your soul this week or weekend and make a strangers day?  I want to hear about it.  Let’s inspire each other by sharing ideas and stories on how we can continue to promote kindness. 

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