Since Easter I have been trying to carry out as many random acts of kindness as I possibly could. Small gestures that might make things a little better/lighter/happier/easier for other people. Then I thought it might be nice to share them here as I always used to think they had to be grand gestures like all-expenses paid trips to Disneyland Florida for a dying child and their family of 5 which would be totally out of my reach. Whilst those have their place, I’m hoping that you’ll appreciate that I’m trying to make these tokens of generosity a daily contribution to making my corner of society a nicer place to be.
- 3 doors held open for others
- 10 cars let in front of me
- 1 car park ticket passed on with 45 minutes left to run
- countless smiles to strangers
- a “thank you” to every cashier, barista and waiter/waitress
- 2 charity shop bags donated
- 1 session of listening to a worried teacher talking about an ambiguous lesson observation feedback session
- 1 reassurance session that a different year group may be a new love for said teacher
- 1 random buying of a lunch meal deal for the stranger behind me in the queue (the cashier was more confused than anyone else)
- taken 2 bin liners of yarn from people who gave them to me unwanted, to knitting group (where they were devoured!)
- 1 welcome to a newcomer at yoga who looked like they might leave before trying it out
- 2 hours staying after school to sort out an unloved classroom in secret whilst the Reception Team panicked about the outside area prior to an interim Ofsted Inspection.
- taken 14 read, reread, loved and unwanted magazines to the Dentist and Doctors waiting rooms so other people can read and enjoy them.
- 1 convincing a child she is not naturally incapable, nor bad and that I believe in her ability to try
- 12 threepence worth of advice given re teaching ideas and interviews via twitter and the @twinkl stream.
- 2 bags of shopping carried to help a neighbour from her car to her house
- 3 pieces of litter picked up from the street
- 1 loan of a book to a friend
- 1 share bag of crisps taken to a BBQ
- 1 thank you card made and given to hosts of BBQ
- 1 bunch of flowers for a friend who gave me invaluable help with a a complicated morale zapping form
- 1 hug for a stranger who said no one ever hugged her anymore when stepson demanded cuddles from husband and I. She cried.
Acts I have Received:
- texts from my family checking I am ok, filled with love
- a ball of yarn from my niece (4yrs old – and insistent that I had it).
- husband waking me at 2 am to tell me I am beautiful.
- mother-in-law buying me a bunch of orange Gerberas as “they are smile inducing like you”
- stepson getting cross with mother-in-law when alluding to me not being a parent, “I’m hers ain’t I?” (I’ve been with husband since stepson was 4months old, and I wasn’t a homewrecker by the way – she left at 2 months pregnant…).
- best friend telling me to come over for coffee after work, making me a cappuccino and a fresh choux pastry with whipped cream to celebrate seeing each other on a Monday.
- husband taking photos of my favourite flowers in the garden because “they make you do the jumpy clappy smiley dance.” True.
- a child at school calling me “the best teaching in my life” (aged 4).
- stepson making me a latte and adopting my nickname of “Captain Coffee”
- Hobbycraft picking me to review their exclusive WI yarn on this here blog!!
I think there have been many more given and received, these are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head – but wow – what a wonderful life we live!
So what random act of kindness can you do today? Do let me know here in the comments, or tweet me with the username @noturaveragezoe