After a heart-check last week, I decided to do something(s) anonymously this week.
The idea that started friendly friday in my head was a local radio station that encourages listeners to pay for the drive-through order of the car behind you. Going back to this, I set out to find little acts of kindness this week that were anonymous, some big and some small. I:
- Walked a few carts back to the corral when on a solo grocery trip.
- Donated a hat I crocheted.
- Left a “You are beautiful!” post-it on a changing room mirror.
- Paid for the coffee of the car behind me…which ended up not being anonymous because he pulled up next to me at a signal and rolled down his window to say that he passed it on to the car behind him. (How cool is that?)
The last one is my favorite. How beautiful is it that one small $3.50 act was multiplied by more kindness and went on to bless someone else? It is truly a great feeling to get to be part of that – and it makes me wonder how many cars took part.
There’s something about the anonymity of the acts that make them more just everyday choices and not something elaborate. It was a good reminder that acts of kindness can be seamlessly interwoven into my week; it doesn’t have to be a production, just an awareness.
To be honest, last week I was more than discouraged by this weekly link-up. I’m sure it was compounded by a ‘failed’ attempt at an act of kindness, but it got to me that there’s been very little interaction (linking up) or even comments on these posts. When I first posted about doing this friendly post every week, the comments were so encouraging! They said great idea! We need more of this in the world! Can’t wait to be part of it!
I know that it is hard to add more to our to-do lists each week – believe me. And if you have 45 seconds to walk an extra cart back but exactly zero free seconds to blog about it and encourage others to do the same, trust me I get it. But I would be remiss not to take this opportunity to challenge you to fit kindess into your weeks, days, hours, and then when you can, share that kindness with others. We give each other ideas, spur each other on, and even bless each other just by hearing that yes, there is someone out there who cares and acts on that care.
Did you step out and do a friendly act this week? I would love to read about it. Please link up here. Only rules are 1) that you link to the post about your act of kindness, not just to your main blog url, that way if people are surfing through in the future, they’ll still find your post. Then, 2) within your post, link back to this post so that others can come join in the giving and the sharing and the love.
(Any links that don’t follow the rulesies will be deleted. Capiche?)
So? Go ahead! Warm fuzzies all around! Link up below: