5 Reasons To Do A Kindness Act Today

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Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I’ve been super sick since last Tuesday night.  I went from singing show tunes with a pep in my step, to being completely laid out on my couch, shivering with a fever of 103.  Yes, the ‘funk’ got me, a.k.a strep throat. I always try to look for holistic and natural remedies to heal my ailments but sometimes I defer to good ol' modern medicine.

My doctor’s office is located in a huge medical building that houses an emergency room and a cancer treatment center.  The front entrance has a valet which on this occasion was packed with people waiting for their cars.  I saw folks waiting in wheelchairs and some with oxygen tanks.  Although I was under the weather myself,  I felt especially concerned for the sicknesses these people were dealing with. 

Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) Update!
Which brings me to today, more than a week later, still feeling icky but on the mend. Fingers crossed.  I decided to go back to the medical center and pay for some people’s valet tickets.  But before we get to that I have a Random Act of Kindness update!

I dropped off some clothes at my favorite dry cleaner and it was my first time back since my last Random Act of Kindness there (read about it here). One of the owners told me that the person who’s dry cleaning I paid for had taken the money I paid, doubled it, and donated it to a Diabetes charity that they fundraise for. How awesome is that?!

Back to today’s RAOK.  At the medical center, I spoke with the valet, a kind man named Fernando, and he agreed to pick some people to receive the complementary ticket as well as hand them a Kindness Card as an explantation.  Fernando said he was happy to be of service and it would be his honor to help.  My heart swelled with love for this stranger. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Do A Random Act Of Kindness Today (or very, very soon):

  1. It feels great to do something nice for someone. I’m sure you do nice things for the people you love every day but going out of your way for a stranger takes it to another level.
  2. You never know what someone is struggling with on a day to day basis.  An act of kindness goes a long way in helping someone believe in love and life.
  3. It helps balance energy.  Yes, there are bad things that happen every day, but you could be one of the good things.
  4. Get connected.  Make a real connection with someone, look them in the eyes and smile. 
  5. Be an inspiration. You never know who is paying attention to your actions:  children, friends, neighbors.  Spread kindness.

Feel inspired? Want to do a Random Act of Kindness this week?  Check out some of my previous kindness acts for some inspiration. 

Bus Fare Surprise
Cold Snapple on a Hot Day
Tea Time

I want to hear from you! Share your stories, questions and comments below.  And be sure to share this with your friends and family.  Let's inspire each other. 

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