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Leaving a Surprise in a Library Book

This post is part of #Write31Days where bloggers write every day in October on one topic. I am writing about Acts of Kindness, random and otherwise. It will be interesting to note how I am different and/or how my community is different

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Do you ever go to the library? Is it a valuable resource for you?

I love the library. I go for the free books. Since I have been decluttering, having these free resources has been ideal. And I like participating in the Summer Reading program as it helps me stay committed to reading during those three outside-busy months.

I hardly ever go TO the library now. Whenever I can, I borrow the items digitally. I like being able to (usually) start reading right away. And I like the ease of returning the books. Since they are returned automatically, I don’t get fines for late books anymore.

When I was a younger (and poorer) woman, the library was a refuge from life. It was quiet, safe, and I could read current magazines for free. I do miss reading current magazines. So because I love and value the library, I wanted to do an act of kindness IN the library.

I imagined the person fining the money buying a specialty coffee. So I left a $5 bill inside one of my fave 2017 reads. This was a fun RAK.

I don’t prefer RANDOM acts of service or kindness. I like to purposefully bless folks I know. So many of them could use this touch of love. Love is kindness with work boots on.

However, this act of kindness is truly random. I got the idea from one of the many RAK (Random Acts of Service) lists on the internet.

Leave some money in a library book.

So I made a trip to my local library, which just opened after a month-long remodel. It was harder than I thought to put the bill into a book.

  • I had to find a book that was tall and thick enough. When I put it into a short, thin book, the page opened right to the money when I picked up the book. I wanted the money to be a surprise for when someone got far into the book.
  • I wanted to pick the RIGHT book. I wanted the book to be one that I enjoyed. At that moment my mind went blank. So I went to the list of books I read last year. I looked for 8-9 books before I found a physical copy of a favourite book. And I had to test it was tall and thick enough.

I wish I could’ve seen the person’s face when they discovered the money.

Your Turn . . . Do you do RAK’s?  . . . Have you ever found money in a book? What were your thoughts.feelings? . . . How likely are you to try this act of kindness? If you do this, be sure to let us know.

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.

Go here for yesterday’s post: Leaving a Generous Tip

Related Posts . . . 

Previous #Write31Days Topics

Thanks go to Elizabeth Symington for making my #Write31Days button and basic graphic for the kindness quotes. Elizabeth is writing a 31 days series on Summer of Service in Yosemite.

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Kindness is Filling Operation Christmas Child Boxes

This post is part of #Write31Days where bloggers write every day in October on one topic. I am writing about Acts of Kindness, random and otherwise. It is my hope that my community and I are different as a result of this 31 Day Series.

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Christmas, shopping, and loving on kiddos. When a project combines all three, I am in. Therefore, I am totally in when it comes to Operation Christmas Child. Ever since 2002, I have packed at least three shoe boxes each year. One year I packed as many boxes as I was old (55 of them).

Last year, a friend and I started a church crafting/sewing group to make items for our OCC boxes and to collect items year round.

  • We sew bags for jacks, marbles, and Legos.
  • We sew backpacks that the box will fit into.
  • We sew pillowcase dresses and dolls.
  • And finally we sew cloth menstrual bags with an accompanying purse to hold the bags.

If we have more items than we need, we send the extras items along with our boxes to the processing facility. Extras are always needed because some folks don’t FILL up their boxes. And some folks don;t read the directions and send things that HAVE to be taken out, like … glass items … war related clothing and toys … dirty and/or broken things … food … liquids.

This is such a cool way to show love (kindness with work boots on).

  • Most of these impoverished kiddos will get only ONE box in their life time.
  • For some kiddos, this is the only gift they’ll ever receive. It is something they’ll never forget.
  • This is a way to help the kiddos I know to develop their kindness muscle (by being involved in OCC). I’ve packed boxes with my nieces and my granddaughter.

This action of filling a shoe box for an impoverished child I’ll never see, is a kind action. It is kind because the box portrays the idea that someone sees them and cares enough for them to send a gift. This gift does not greatly change their physical environment, but my prayer is that it changes their emotional environment. That it brings a bit of hope. We all need hope. And hope makes a difference.

Your Turn . . . Have you asked anyone to join this OCC Kindness Army? . . .How are you involved in OCC? If you need ideas, read on …

  • Contribute money for the shipping cost ($9). 
  • Contribute several items to a location or person that collects year round. My church is such a place.
  • Make up an/or collect filler items and donate these. One such items is school supplies. The Pencil Granny gives great suggestions on what to load into your zip lock baggie.
  • Pack your own box. Go here for directions.

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.

Go here for yesterday’s post:

Related Posts . . . 

Previous #Write31Days Topics

Thanks go to Elizabeth Symington for making my #Write31Days button and basic graphic for the kindness quotes. Elizabeth is writing a 31 days series on Summer of Service in Yosemite.

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Kindness is Playing Nicely on Social Media

This post is part of #Write31Days where bloggers write every day in October on one topic. I am writing about Acts of Kindness, random and otherwise. It is my hope that my community and I are different as a result of this 31 Day Series.

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You’ve probably noticed that some spots on social media are a hotbed of negativity. There is name-calling, slander, arrogant arguments, and perpetual doom-and-gloom. All this goes on to prove that someONE is right and that someONE else is wrong. There is no true listening.

I am wearied by this. How are you feeling?

There are people I follow on social media who fall into the above category. Here is my $0.02 worth. Social media is not the place for negativity and the other actions associated with it.

I also believe, if it’s your space, you and I have the right to say whatever we want. This space is our home, albeit a virtual one. Just like I wouldn’t come to the doorstep of your physical home and start abusive arguments, let’s not do the same to people’s virtual homes.

If I don’t like what you said, I am going to pass on by, without comment. I hope you do the same. If I want to truly dialogue about the issue, I will contact you. Discussing the issue in person is even better. There can be so much misunderstanding when communicating through written words.

People who leave hit-and-run negative comments aren’t interested in educating. People who linger on negative postings, aren’t interested in educating. They are interested in expressing THEIR point-of-view and having you agree with them. These types of comments never lead to a change of mind. They lead to more negativity. Want to change a mind? Pick up the phone and arrange a time to discuss (passionately is fine) your concern.

I propose that we start a kindness revolution on social media. Instead of looking for the wrong in people’s lives, viewpoints, and words, let’s look for the exemplary, positive, and education in what they post. Let’s extend grace and give each other the benefit of the doubt. Let’s leave comments that uplift, praise and point to unity.

 I am going to do this intentional act of kindness. In honour of my birthday, I want to leave 60 positive and unifying comments this week.

Your Turn . . .

  • Are negative comments effective? I’m not going to ask for a show of hands, but, has there been a time when you’ve left a comment with the intent of expressing disapproval? How did that work out?  .
  • Do you want to help a friend see their error? Have you ever read something a friend posted and you thought, “Wow, that’s wrong”? Did you contact them to talk about it? How did that go? . . . I have contacted someone, and it was resolved.  . . . I have been contacted and it was resolved. In fact, I was grateful the pair wanted to discuss this. I was in error and I grew from this dialogue. I felt their love. . . . I have been blasted on social media and it ruined a 35 year+ friendship. If I had to do it over again, I would call the person instead of responding in words, even though she attacked me on my space. Maybe we could have agreed to disagree.
  • Will you join me in this act of kindness? Leave some positive comments wherever you are on social media this week. And you don’t have to do 60.

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

My Landing Page for This series . . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure.  Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.

Go here for yesterday’s post: Kindness is Painting Kindness Rocks

Related FruitfulWords Posts . . .   Now These Are Fruitful Words . . . What If The Wholesome Words Were Bleeped?

Karrilee Aggett is part of #Write31Days2018. She is writing on Becoming Queen of Giving the Benefit of the Doubt All of the posts in this 31 days series, reinforce the idea of playing nicely on social media.  Go read all the posts. Below is one such section.

” . . . but if we have been willing to be kind, to believe the best, to focus on the positive, to ask questions and actually hear their responses, to try to understand where they are coming from or why they did or said what they did… we all have the chance to grow! (from Day 5)

Previous #Write31Days Topics

Thanks go to Elizabeth Symington for making my #Write31Days button and basic graphic for the kindness quotes. Elizabeth is writing a 31 days series on Summer of Service in Yosemite.

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