Random Acts of Kindness
October 14, 2009 § 6 Comments
About five years ago, I watched the movie Pay it Forward. I don’t remember the details but I do remember thinking that it was a really sweet movie and that more people should do random acts of kindness and pay it forward. And although it was not a novel idea, the movie was nice because it allowed viewers to see the potential full circle effect of one random act of kindness.
Today while I was waiting for the BART, a lady was on the phone crying a few feet away from where I was sitting. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop but she was the only one talking in the station. It sounded like her father was in the process of finding out if he had cancer or not and she was visibly upset, talking to either a friend or sibling.
I realized in that moment that I am like a sponge when it comes to emotions. I don’t display any change in my exterior but my heart felt heavier as I listened to her plight. Moments earlier I had been happy and carefree, observing a cute mixed boy enjoy his ice cream (his parents were very loving).
Anyway, after sitting there and not doing anything for a few minutes, I gathered up my courage and offered her a new pack of tissue I had in my bag that I had been saving (it was from Japan). It was intimidating because you never know how people will react when they are upset and I didn’t want her to feel like I was intruding on her personal moment.
She took the tissues with a thank-you and I as I boarded the BART I was happy to see that she was using them (she had previously been using her coat sleeve to wipe her tears). My heart felt lighter as I watched her switch trains.
It was then that I decided that I would start logging my random acts of kindness. Any acts given or received will be noted in this blog. There are rules though. It really has to be random. Meaning, I cannot know the person I am interacting with. It has to be a stranger. And, it can’t be somewhere like a homeless shelter or something. It has to be an isolated event that can truly be classified as random. If you have any random acts of kindness (given or received) please feel free to share!