I was raised to always be polite and to help those in need, whether it was holding a door for someone with full arms or offering to help carry their heavy load. Rather than just good manners, these are now referred to as Random Acts Of Kindness.
The other night while we were at Mr Pete’s work Christmas Party, we were given Christmas Crackers which contained children’s toys and since this was an adults only event, they went unused on our table. There was another event nearby to us that had 2 young girls about 4 or 5. These girls happened to be dancing up a storm next to us and I noticed they each had a different toy, but the same as the two on our table. I grabbed the toys and headed over to their Nan (as I would not approach a young child, I didn’t know, in public without a parent or guardian present unless they were lost, injured or in danger) and offered her the toys for the girls, so they could each have the same. It doesn’t seem like much, but the smile on their faces while they played made it worth it.
It’s really very simple to perform a Random Act Of Kindness (RAOK), even if you are busy or broke. Offering up your shopping trolley with the token still in it to another customer once you are done, or picking some flowers to give to a neighbour. Making a meal for a family in need or who have a new baby to care for, offering to mow your elderly neighbours lawns or bringing in their bins. It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture to have a huge impact and often a genuine smile or friendly comment can make all the difference to somebody, especially at this time of year when people are busy, stressed and missing loved ones.
If you are after some ideas on performing your own RAOKs have a look here at how Playtivities have been performing RAOKs as a family and this lovely RAOK Advent Calendar by Organising the Four of Us and don’t forget to share yours with us on facebook, twitter or instagram with #raokinitiative