***This post is part of the Random Acts of Kindness Blogfest by Wayman Publishing, May 27 – 31, 2013. Visit the blogfest for free downloads of ebooks, including Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales.***
Not only is this a great opportunity for us to focus on the positive in a world increasingly concentrated on the negative, but it is important that we are all aware of the importance of keeping the kindness going. Check out E.C. Stilson’s blog and the other blogs participating and sign up to share random acts of kindness yourself.
Like many people, I’ve had many occasions where someone caught me off guard. It can take a lot of different forms. For instance, when I was raising small children and living paycheck to paycheck, and I wanted to write but had nothing but paper to do it on. It didn’t deter me. I had a complete novel on legal pads when my parents showed up at my door one afternoon with my first word processor, brand new and all mine. It wasn’t my birthday or a holiday. It was a random act. Not only was it a perfect gift, but it was a validation of who I was. My folks were saying they believed in me. I cried.
At an awards ceremony, my students stunned me by turning the tables and presenting me with bouquets of flowers and thanks before they moved to the high school. The flowers died, but the hugs and validation of their thank you’s did not. They graduated this year. I drove across the state of Kansas to attend their grad parties. I love them. I cried.
Like most teachers I have received many gifts over the years. However, some stick out as particularly awesome because they were perfectly geared to me. One student found a first edition of Huckleberry Finn, knowing I was a Twain fan, he brought it to me with a touching inscription inside. Another student donated money to a homeless shelter in my name. When I found out I was moving, a student brought a flower bouquet to my home so I would know she was going to miss me. Yeah, I cried.
It really isn’t what people do. It’s the fact that they care enough to do it. And it can be something simple and small. It can be unexpected in source or object. The only thing that doesn’t change is the importance of keeping the kindness going. We are all in this walk through life together. If we aren’t there for each other, it’s a much sadder journey.
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