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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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Kindness is Being a Trail Angel: Giving Away Food at PCT Trail Heads

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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What do the following names have in common: Opera, Ghost Walker, Night Crawler, NOBO Lobo, Rocky, Tapeworm, Whippet?

Are they roller coaster rides? Movie titles? Diseases? Nick names for the Seven Dwarves?

None of the above. These are the trail names of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers, my daughter and I met Friday, June 29th at the Meiss Trailhead. This trailhead is 30 minutes west (by car) of South Lake Tahoe. It takes the hikers (on average) two months of hiking from Mexico to Meiss trailhead.

This summer my daughter and I planned to camp once a month. I slept in the car (or on a cot) while Elizabeth slept in an ultra-lightweight, easy-to-erect tent. She is preparing for her own thru-hike on the PCT.

Wood’s Lake was our June destination. For ease, we decided to bring only ready-to-eat food, no cooking necessary. Additionally, we filled our trunk with food not for us: 50 individual bags of chips, 50 individual packages of cookies, a grocery bag full of plums fresh from a friend’s tree, and a cooler full of watermelon slices.

Trail magic (also defined as random acts of kindness), the PCT, and camping merged quite nicely that June weekend.

While eating Friday’s breakfast (green smoothies made at home), Elizabeth and I went over our PCT Trail Magic strategy for the Meiss trailhead parking lot (a few car-minutes away). Yes, a parking lot!  The Pacific Crest Trail crosses Meiss parking lot which leads into Tahoe, 12 miles north, where hikers go off-trail to get their next batch of supplies.

The PCT is 2,650 miles long. The southern terminus is Campo, CA (25 feet from the US-Mexican border). The northern terminus is Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia (near the US-Canadian border eight miles into Canada). 90% of thru-hikers go north to south. If northbound (NOBO) hikers plan to finish in Canada before the snow arrives, they need to reach Tahoe by July 4th. It takes the hikers five-six months to traverse the trail. There are no official stats on how many hike the PCT yearly.

We launched our plan by displaying chips, cookies, and fruit on the asphalt behind my car. A green, poster board sign, held up by twin trekking poles, nestled in the car’s open trunk. The sign declared, “Trail Magic for PCT Hikers.”

We sat in camping chairs and waited for them. Soon we spied a lone man wearing a large backpack who used one trekking pole in order to reduce the impact on his tired legs.

“Are you hungry?,” my daughter asked. “We have food, if you are.”

The answer, this time and every time, was, “I am always hungry! Thanks.”

The Oreo and Nutter Butter cookies went fast. Frito Lay chips were preferred over the other chips. The FAVE food, however, was the fruit. We experienced the joy one hiker had when she cautiously bit into her very FIRST plum EVER. As juice dripped down her cheek, she reached into the bag for another one.

One hiker said as she slurped on an ice-cold, triangle slice of watermelon, “Mile after mile, I’ve been dreaming about watermelon. And here you have some. Dreams do come true!” “Thanks for this Trail Magic,” another piped in.

We learned that it had been 400 miles since they received any Trail Magic. Trail Magic can be food, drink, rides, or meaningful mementos like a pin that commemorates the year of the hike. In that parking lot, we were blessed for being a Trail Angel, one who gives out Trail Magic.

We stayed for four hours serving 32 hikers. They represented places such as Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Central America, Australia, and Hungary. Rocky, the 20-something from Hungary, is the first woman from her country to hike the PCT.

 “Your one random act of kindness may not change the world but it might make a difference in the life of someone today” ― Maria Koszler

Performing this small, random act of kindness, (RAK), was rewarding. We met many people doing something amazing. Being around people who are accomplishing a dream motivates me to do the same. Talking with folks from all over the world and from different walks of life, demonstrated how alike we are and that friendliness is a common denominator.

I will do this again in 2019. Why? Doing RAK’s is one way I can spread kindness in a world that is struggling. My daughter and I plan to give Trail Magic 200 miles south of the Meiss trailhead. I’d like to add soda, hand sanitizer, and chocolate to our initial repertoire (chips, cookies and fruit). Elizabeth is making up her own list of things to add.

Happy Trails to Rocky and the others that we met that day. I wish them Godspeed as they conquer the second half of this 2,650 mile trek.

 

 

Your Turn . . . Have you ever given or received trail magic? . . . If yes, in your opinion, what is the best item to give/receive? . . . Are you interested in doing this act of kindness? Some of my friends want to join me next summer.

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 Helping a Teacher With Classroom Supplies

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 Helping a Teacher with Classroom Supplies

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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I just read that 94% of teachers nationwide spend, on average, $479 of their own money each year on classroom supplies. That is a lot of money coming out of their own pockets. Many of these teachers also have children and are paying for supplies for their own children, as well.

These teachers used their own money  because they want their students to have basic supplies and experiences that enhance the quality of their education. They are being kind to their students; kind at a big cost to themselves personally.

Synonyms for kind include the following … thoughtful … considerate … charitable … sympathetic … philanthropic … neighborly … humane … generous … big-heated.

Since 2003 I’ve bought LOTS of school supplies to put into my Operation Christmas Child (OCC) boxes. I get these on sale all year round and have plenty of school items to include with the other gifts (hygiene, toys, clothing) I put inside the boxes.

Several years ago, I thought to ask two teachers I know, if I could get anything for their classrooms. Both needed coloured pencils. One teacher also asked for dry erase markers. This year I thought to ask another teacher friend and she also asked for dry erase markers.

I must confess, I don’t always think about them when I am shopping; whereas, OCC is always on my mind. But I want to change that mindset. I want to be kind to these teachers. So I texted and asked what I can get them. They responded with  . . .

  • erasers
  • black, dry erase markers
  • tissues
  • hot chocolate
  • pudding cups

A package of dry erase markers, coloured pencils, or tissues are things I can pick up when I grocery shop. Each item is less than $5, but is a huge benefit to my teacher friends, who all work in low-income and high homeless areas.

Sometimes being kind is about having open ears and eyes. And sometimes it is about spending $5 on a school item instead of on a carton of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.

Your Turn . . . Do you buy supplies for a teacher’s classroom?  . . . Or have you been oblivious like me? My children are in their 30’s, so it hasn’t even been a thought to be kind in that manner. . . . If you are a teacher and/or already buy for a classroom, what are some items you’d suggest?

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 Baking a Birthday Cake for Someone You Don’t Know

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 Baking a Birthday Cake for Someone You Don’t Know

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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Is birthday cake an important part of your childhood memories?

My answer is, “Yes.” I don’t remember all the cakes my mom made. But I do know that she made our cakes. A family favorite was German Chocolate cake. I don’t think I ever made my kiddos a German Chocolate cake. But I did always serve them a specially decorated cake that matched the theme of their birthday party. Receiving a homemade birthday cake always made me feel special. Giving my kiddos a homemade birthday cake, was one of the ways I hoped my kids would feel special.

Did you know that there are kiddos who never get a birthday cake? Never.

This is one of my practice cakes.

In 2010 Libby Gruender from Sunnyvale, CA read about a young girl in a Midwest foster home who received a birthday cake. The girl reacted by running to her room while crying. Of course the foster mom thought she had done something wrong and went upstairs to right the situation. It turns out, the girl was emotional because this was her very first birthday cake.

Gruender decided right then to make sure kids in her community received cake for their birthdays. That is why she created Cake4Kids. There are currently chapters in ten CA counties.

Mary Barnes started Sacramento Cake4Kids in July, 2018. So far there are about thirty Sacramento bakers. Volunteer bakers are required to attend a one-hour orientation. All the orientations are on a Saturday and are from 12:30-1:30pm. The schedule for the 2018 orientations is as follows:

  • The October 20th­­­­­ orientation will be held at Arcade library.
  • The November 10th orientation will be held at Arden-Dimick library.
  • The December 22nd orientations will be held at Arcade library.

This vegan, chocolate, gluten-free cake was the first cake I delivered to the agency for a four-year-old boy.

Knowing firsthand how getting a birthday cake equals feeling significant, I am now part of Cake4Kids. My daughter, Elizabeth, also joined this ministry and so the fun is doubled. So far we’ve each made one cake. Although we used the same recipe for the cake, our two cakes looked very different. My marbled cake was for a four-year-old boy. Elizabeth’s flower bedecked cake was for an 11-year-old girl.

There is no minimum number of cakes a volunteer must make. We are advised to practice even before we accept an assignment. And we are advised to make our cake and decorate it a day or two early. That way, should there be a mistake, it is not a rushed scenario to correct it.

You don’t have to be a fancy baker in order to make a valuable contribution. I am not a fancy baker although I’ve made scores of birthday cakes. A fun aspect of Cake4Kids is learning new things.

  1. I learned to bake a vegan cake that was tasty. Two sample cakes were thrown away.
  2. The vegan frosting recipe was easy to create.
  3. A chocolate cake is much easier to coat with white frosting, if you lightly pre-frost it, and then put it into the freezer or refrigerator to harden before putting on the main coat of frosting. This is known as dirty icing or crumb coating.
  4. YouTube videos helped me to perfect marbled frosting.
  5. I made chocolate letters out of melted chocolate chips spooned into an icing bag. I was pleased with how the letters I made looked.
  6. One tip that made sense is to use a turntable and a bench scraper (yes, from the hardware store) to ensure that the frosting is evenly distributed.

This is my daughter’s cake. It was also chocolate, vegan, and gluten-free. Both our cakes had vegan, vanilla, butter cream icing.

And this is just the tip of the information iceberg. There are many resources on Pinterest, in books, and at the Sacramento Facebook Cake4Kids group. Plus, Cake4Kids gives each volunteer $100 to use towards classes at cake shops and online.

Barnes recruits volunteers to bake birthday cakes for kids who are homeless, in foster care, recent immigrants, or victims of human trafficking. Cake4Kids is for children and young adults up to the age of twenty-four. Bakers never meet the kids who receive cakes. We drop them off at an agency in order to protect the child’s privacy. More information can be found at their website, Cake4kids.org.

If you’d like to be kind and bring joy into a child’s life, attend an orientation. Together we can help Sacramento area kiddos eat cake.

Your Turn . . .  How important is cake to your birthday celebrations? . . .  If you live in California, consider joining in and making cake as an act of kindness. . . . If you are a cake decorator, what is your best tip? . . . Do you have any questions?  

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 Organizing a Sock Drive

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 Organizing a Sock Drive

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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 Socks are like a national right, right?

I don’t like having cold feet. I wear socks, not slippers, when feeling chilly. I love socks: plain, patterned, mismatched, whatever. I love socks.

So when I was asked to organize a sock drive for my church, I didn’t hesitate. The collected socks will go to folks who attend the October Neighborhood Meals (NM). Neighborhood Meals is a free community meal served the last Friday of every month at Cordova Neighborhood Church from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. If you are hungry, come and eat; if you’re not, come and serve.

Any type of sock is accepted. But Carla Wilson, a long-time organizer of NM, suggests we bring mainly men’s socks. Black socks are most requested because they don’t show the dirt so easily. These black socks are also comfy for women.

We already have 30 pairs of socks! We will be collecting until the end of the month. The socks will be dispersed at the Friday meal in October, the 26th. Please consider supporting this act of kindness.

Happiness is warm feet.

Kindness is giving someone socks so they can have warm feet.

Have you ever thought about organizing a sock drive? In 2008, Ryan Lundquist (from my area at that time) sought to collect 680 pairs of socks so that each homeless student in our school district could have a pair. The drive scored 3,144 pairs of socks!

Organizing a sock drive might be more energy than you are able to extend. How about donating one pair?

Can you imagine NOT having socks especially as we come into the rain and cold of Fall? 

Your Turn . . .  Are you at a time in your life, when you can take on organizing a sock drive?  . . . If you live in the Sacramento area, please consider this act of kindness, donating socks to the October Neighborhood Meals.  . . . If you don’t live near me, consider buying socks and donating them to your school district and/or local shelters. . . . 

Everyone deserves socks. 

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 Making a Phone Call

Related Posts . . . The Forks Eloped With The Socks!

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 Making a Phone Call

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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People of every age group and every economic bracket are lonely. I work at a church and oversee the ministries to women and seniors (55 years and older). Men and women tell me they are lonely, lonely for time with family and friends. Many don’t have a sense of belonging. They feel unseen.

Does this describe you or someone you know?

Kindness looks at people and sees their needs. Sometimes the need is simply to notice. To ask questions. To listen. To share time and laughter.

“And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.” Ephesians 4: 26-27, 29

Our kind words are gift wrapped in beauty with a bow of encouragement.

Give someone this gift of kindness. Today, make a call to a . . .

  • family member.
  • neighbor.
  • co-worker.
  • friend.
  • someone from church.
  • club member (book, civic, sorts).

Who would you add to this list?

 

Your Turn . . . Do you think of a phone call as an act of kindness? . . . When was the last time you received such a call? . . . Are you motivated to make a phone call today? . . . Do you have an act of kindness suggestion I can add to my list?

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 Delivering Meals.

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 Delivering Meals

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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Many folks are willing to make a meal for someone else. But for a variety of reasons, they cannot deliver the meal, especially if the recipient doesn’t live locally. Therefore, they think they cannot be part of this act of kindness.

This is where I come in. I offer to deliver the meals. Even though I didn’t shop and prepare the meal, I get to be part of this act of kindness. Win-Win for everyone.

Sometimes being kind doesn’t take a lot of time or money.

But it is appreciated all the same.

Your Turn . . .  Have you ever been the driver of prepared meals? . . . Would you find it helpful to be part of such a team: food preparer and driver? . . . Please share any acts of kindness I can add to my list.

The next time you organize meals, ask if it would be helpful for someone else to deliver the meals. You don’t have to be the driver, as I bet there are others who will volunteer for that act of kindness.  . . .If you do this, please let me know how it goes.

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 Organizing Meals.

Previous #Write31Days Topics

Thanks go to Elizabeth Symington for making my #Write31Days button and basic graphic for the kindness quotes.

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Kindness is Organizing Meals for One in Need

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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While you don’t have to meal plan to eat, you do need to shop and sometimes you need to prepare the food. There are times when those two tasks are beyond our capability.

  • You just had a baby.
  • You are going through chemo and/or radiation.
  • There is a death in the family.
  • You are OVERWHELMED with life for whatever reason.
  • Broken bones make it impossible to navigate driving, stores, and the kitchen.

This list could go on. You get the picture. Sometimes we need help with meals.

When I broke my shoulder, I was helpless. I couldn’t wash my hair, change my top, peel a banana, open food packets, or drive. And I was soooooo fatigued. Getting meals was a life-saver.

I recently organized meals for two families (during the same time period). One had hip replacement surgery and one broke a collarbone which resulted in surgery, as well. Folks in my church wanted to help these two families. So I took charge and organized meals.

When I am in charge of this ministry, I usually arrange for three-four meals a week for two weeks. Then we reassess. I get volunteers in multiple ways.

  • Facebook group
  • Email blast
  • Phone calls/Texts
  • Meal Train  – Meal Train is a free, online calendar that organizes the meal giving experience. All the “organizer” has to do is input emails for the requests to go to.

There is no perfect way. I’ve used them all. 

My best tips for meal organization are as follows . . . 

  • If my volunteers want a reminder, I give them one.
  • Encourage your meal givers to use disposable pans/containers.
  • Be on time and let your person know when you are delivering the food.
  • Unless invited, don’t make drop off time a time of socialization.
  • Even if you never get a thanks from the recipient, KNOW that your meal was a huge blessing. In fact, invite the recipient to not send you a thank you note.

All the meals delivered to me were on time, delicious, and followed my food preferences. I healed much better because of these folks. I cannot remember if I sent thank you cards or not. My brain was pretty cloudy due to the pain and meds. So in case I didn’t say thank you – Here it is. “THANKS A LOT, Friends. You made a difference to the quality of my life.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever organized meals? If yes, share your tips. . . . Have you ever received meals? Again, same question, what are tips you’d share about that experience?

If you know someone who is having a hard time, be kind. Ask friends and organize some meals. In my experience, people are happy to be part of this kind act.

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Related Posts . . .   My cooking means someone died? . . .  My Recipe Index

My Landing Page for This series . . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure

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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Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure

Join me in making the world a better place.

Scroll down for the Landing Page (aka Table of Contents) for 2018 #Write31Days Series.

Do you ever do special projects for your birthday? I.e. Folks will collect money for a charity or accomplish 30 things by the time they are 30.

I like to do things involving my birthday years.

  • I read 58 books when I was 58.
  • I watched 59 musicals when I was 59.
  • This year I want to do 60 Intentional and/or Random Acts of Kindness (RAK’s).

I think it is important to do acts of kindness, intentional and random. These acts cheer up others and sometimes provide some much-needed help. It helps our world to be a nicer place. It helps me to be a nicer person.

RAK’s and I have history. These are meaningful actions that make individual and global differences.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

I have written several blog posts about them, already.

This year for #Write31Days, I am doing my series on acts of kindness, intentional and random. The title is Scattering Kindness: a 31 Day Adventure.

Doing 31 acts of kindness for this series will help me get half of my birthday list done. And hopefully, I will discover that this time of focused energy will make me and my world differently.

“Your one random act of kindness may not change the world but it might make a difference in the life of someone today” ~ Maria Koszler

Below is a brainstormed list of kind acts of service.  What should I add to this list? I want to do 60 by the end of March 2019. As I complete and write about an intentional or random act of service, the link will go live.

NOTE: I did not finish the series in March 2018. I completed 23 actions/posts. I will finish 8 of the original ideas and then do 14 more additional actions/posts this Lenten season for 2020. I hope to have all the rest (60 in total) of the actions/posts done by the end of May 2020. 

  1. Adding Beauty 
  2. Adopting a plot at a cemetery
  3. Baking a Birthday Cake for Someone You Don’t Know
  4. Becoming an Organ Donor
  5. Being a Friendly Driver
  6. Being a Good Housemate
  7. Being a Trail Angel: Giving Away Food At Trailheads
  8. Being on Time
  9. Calling Someone by Their Name 
  10. Creating a Gift
  11. Delivering Meals
  12. Doing a Run/Walk
  13. Donating a Book to the Library
  14. Donating a cell phone and used ink cartridges
  15. Donating to a Foodbank
  16. Donating to Soles 4 Souls
  17. Feeding People
  18. Filling Operation Christmas Child Boxes
  19. Following up
  20. Gifting a Banana
  21. Giving 31 Positive YELP reviews
  22. Going On a Walk
  23. Going to the Funeral
  24. Helping a Teacher With Classroom Supplies
  25. Hemming or Mending
  26. Hosting a Card Making Workshop
  27. Knitting caps for preemies
  28. Organizing a Sock Drive
  29. Organizing Meals
  30. Leaving a Generous Tip
  31. Leaving a Surprise in a Library Book
  32. Leaving Behind Nice Pens
  33. Looking Someone in the Eyes
  34. Mailing a card (service member, elderly person, a child with cancer)
  35. Making a Phone Call
  36. Make and deliver cinnamon rolls
  37. Neighboring Well
  38. Organizing a Card Exchange
  39. Painting Kindness Rocks
  40. Paying Someone’s Way Who Can’t Pay You Back
  41. Picking up groceries for a neighbor
  42. Picking up Trash
  43. Planting a Tree
  44. Playing Nicely on Social Media
  45. Praying
  46. Providing a loan through KIVA
  47. Providing dinner for a family
  48. Putting Away Shopping Carts
  49. Putting compliment notes in a public restroom
  50. Putting toilet paper in a park bathroom
  51. Reading to a child
  52. Recording a Book 
  53. Reminiscing with a Senior
  54. Sending a devotional book to a single mom
  55. Sending flowers
  56. Sitting with Someone
  57. Taking Time to Notice
  58. Trick-or-Treating
  59. Using Your Manners
  60. Visiting a Nursing Home
  61. Volunteering at Neighborhood Meal
  62. Writing a Thank You Note
  63. Writing a Letter

Your Turn . . . What would you add to this list? . . .  What was the last act of kindness, intentional or random, you did? . . . Do you do anything unique to celebrate your birthday? . . . Will you join me in this adventure?

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. By November, it will be interesting to see if I am different and/or my community is different. To see what other bloggers are doing, go here.

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment.

Related Posts . . . These are important backbone posts on kindness.

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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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