March of Kindness: The First Ten Days
I have spent the first ten days of March mindfully planning and looking out for random acts of kindness that I can do for people I know as well as for strangers. What I have found is that large or small, any kind act creates a ripple effect that is discernible almost immediately. Smiling at a store clerk brings a smile back and perhaps a “thanks for brightening my day;” disposing of trash we see when we’re walking around has made my kids very aware of how it is each our job to care for the earth-even when we didn’t make the mess.
These are my favorite random acts of kindness for the first ten days and why:
A dear friend just moved to Australia and mentioned that they would be car-less for their last week here. Without even pausing to think, I asked if she would like to borrow the car we are about to sell. It was a good thing my husband was willing to support my spur of the moment offer (he’s gotten used to my whims, by now). It felt so good knowing that she and her children were able to get in a last few days of sight-seeing and saying goodbye friends.
I have been putting away props for other people in my yoga classes, after asking if it is alright with them, of course. Almost without exception the person then did the same for someone else and so on. It was amazing to see the kindness ripple effect happen immediately.
And my favorite random act of kindness was to my children. Instead of hustling us into the car to our next errand like I usually do, we splashed in the puddles. Not once did I look at my watch or try to move them along. We laughed together, got wet and muddy and I stayed in the moment with them.
Feeling inspired to take part in A March of Kindness?
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Have you done a RAOK recently that you enjoyed? Did you notice a ripple effect?
March 12 UPDATE: Here is the review of all the first 10 days of MOK at Code Name: Mama. Please go check out the linked participants and give them some comment love