It seems a fitting day to talk about random acts of kindness. It’s almost a year to the day since I posted this story about something I did in the lead up to last Christmas.
I still try to perform one every day. It doesn’t have to be a monetary thing. If you can afford it, sure. If you can do without your second coffee for the day and instead give that few dollars to a homeless person, then do it. If you can help a mumma with a small child load her groceries into her car or pack them into her cart at the market, do it. If you see a dog running alone on the side of a busy road and can stop to see if there’s a collar or phone number (and if not take the pup to your local vet) and make sure they get home, do it. A lady got on the busy morning express bus to the city the other day and realised her card didn’t have any more rides on it – so I dipped my card twice. It doesn’t take much.
As this morning’s horrific news of the elementary school shooting spreads around the world, and people far and wide cry tears of sadness for those families, I thought today was a good day to remember that it’s not hard to be kind to people. You never know what sort of day they are having, and they will always appreciate it more than you thought they would. Even if they don’t express that at the time.
I just think the world would be a better place if we all did something for someone with no expectation of something in return.
Having been on the receiving end of late, with so many people sharing and retweeting, and emailing my post about Cilla and Jessie needing a foster home – I can’t tell you how immensely grateful I am for friends and strangers – near to us in Sydney, Australia and as far away as Florida and the UK – taking 30 seconds to perform one random act of kindness towards me and these two dogs.
Now I’m going to wake my bundle of love and hold her tight and try not to cry about how there are so many families on the other side of the world to us right now who will never get to snuggle their children again.