The Power of Making a Difference
Acts of Random Kindness touch your heart. They are selfless. They are not done for attention. There is no ulterior motive. They are a form of pure love, given to a stranger with a clear message. Smile.
However, caught up in the chaos that is our day to day lives, we often miss opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.
I believe in the power of positive thinking, and I believe in paying it forward and doing random acts of kindness for strangers.
And yes, I do think they can have a lasting impact.
An act of kindness can be whatever you want it to be. It can be big, such as making a large anonymous donation to a strange or charity.
But my personal favourites are the small deeds that are done on the fly.
Offering to share your umbrella with a stranger at the bus stop. Helping someone up when they have fallen down. Paying for the coffee of the person behind you at the Drive Through. The list is endless and only limited by you.
A happy medium (in my eyes) is the random act of kindness with some planning behind it. Some examples are, leaving bus fare at the bus stop with a note saying it is a random act of kindness and pay it forward some way. It’s a small effort that has a large impact.
Looking for opportunities to create random acts of kindness encourage us to look around us. Suddenly the invisible majority stand out. Our perspective can shift from a negative to a positive as we look to help others, instead of thinking about what is happening in our own lives.
Personally, I love doing random acts of kindness for strangers that will never know who I am, or see me. Paying for the Coffee of the person behind me in the drive through has to be my go to act of kindness, I like the idea of starting someones day off right.
Since it’s roll up the rim season, I encourage you to save your next free coffee tab and use it for the person behind you. Make their day and perhaps next time they will pay it forward to the stranger behind them.
The beauty is that we will never know for sure.