I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published February 26th 2014
Create some kindness today
Have you heard about Suspended Coffees? A very nice idea that seems to be catching on. It seems that you pay for an extra coffee and sometime later in the day someone else gets their coffee free.
It got me thinking about Random Acts of Kindness and about what other things we can do to brighten someone's day. It's amazing how, if you just trust your intuition, you can make a HUGE difference to someone's day by doing something that to you might seem small and insignificant.
Once I felt drawn to give a friend a cutting of a plant she'd given me. It was really spindly and my logical brain said " Wait till it grows more." but my intuition said "Today, today, today." So I gave it to her apologetically and she was delighted because it was a plant that she'd been given by her mother and that day was the anniversary of her mum's death. Insignificant to me - huge to her.
So here are some FREE (or almost) things you could do while out and about.
Leave a coin somewhere where a child will find it.
Compliment a waiter, salesperson on their service.
Give some a flower or a bunch from your garden.
Bring in your neighbour's bin - or more importantly, put it out if they forget.
Take some decent magazines to a waiting room that has none.
Let the person with only 2 or 3 items go in front of you in the checkout.
Tell the manager or owner about good service you received form one of their employees.
Pass on good gossip. "Mrs S said you were the best hairdresser she's ever been to."
Put a note in the letterbox saying something like "What a pretty colour you've painted your house." or " I always enjoy walking past and admiring your roses."
Tell a nicely dressed elderly person how smart they look.