I have a cold starting and so I head over to CVS. As I am waiting in line a queue of 4 people forms behind me. Only 1 lane is open. The cashier runs out of cash and calls to the back for the manager to come up. The male specimen at the end of the line shouts, “DAMN, they only got 1 register open. These people sure aren’t overworking themselves.” I get to the counter and he has the NERVE to come up and reaches down to get some candy from in front of the counter. But he is entering my 18 meters and I’m about to introduce him to my knee. I start getting twitchy like that when you get too close to my neither regions. I give him the look of death he steps back to the end of the line.
Here is what I didn’t say to you because I am polite but “DUMB A**, say excuse me and I will be happy to move! Or just wait your damn turn until they get to you. I know that it would have been nice to have more people at the register but come’on you too old to not have the simple manners down.”
I have become one of those people that if I hold the door for you and you don’t say thank you…I will let you know.
To go along with my inspired attitude I have decided to try and complete 1 daily random act of kindness. Not sure how I will fair but I am going to do my best. I started this week as a test and out of 5 days I committed 3 ‘kind’ acts. I am loosely defining what an act of kindness could be. Below are some kind acts I perpetrated:
– Stopped behind car in front enough to allow traffic to enter/exit gas station on neighborhood road. (Was rewarded when the kids in the car in front yelled out the window my car’s name ((I have a personalized plate) too cute.)
– Bought lunch for a couple of friends.
– Brought in heart-shaped banana bread muffins to work.
I count acts while driving, since I do not feel it is my obligation to let folks in, stop and wait behind you while you drop off someone, etc…but I will try to minimize these because I think I can do better. If you have any creative ideas that are spontaneous and would work online, send them on. I work from home 2-3 days a week and there are times where I don’t get out of the house all day. I want to come up with things I can do that are different and don’t always require me to give money. For example, I asked a friend to critique my revised resume and I plan to give them a gift certificate for a massage. I know they are unsuspecting and I got the idea by asking their spouse, so I will count that but I want them to be a bit spontaneous.
Why am I keeping track?
1. It makes me feel good to do something for someone else and I want to be reminded of that emotion. I sometimes forget that I am a good person, this will help me remember.
2. It gets back to my mantra to do more/help more. I want to build this in so it becomes a part of my daily habits to the extent that I notice when I don’t do it.
Do you commit random acts of kindness?