Do Good

This may come as a bit of a shock to those that don’t know me well, but…I am a bit rebellious.  I’m not a Valentine’s Day celebrater.  I may stand when I’m supposed to sit.  I just can’t wear leg warmers this go ‘round.  I don’t do it on purpose.  There’s just a rebel within me.  Usually with a cause but many times without.  But there comes a time in everyone’s life when it can be fun to follow the rules.

Do you know what next week is?

It is the week we get paid but also, and more importantly, it’s Random Act of Kindness Week.

Now, getting over the fact that the acts of kindness could be a little forced because of said time to act, let’s concentrate on the beauty and fun of the week.

Random:  without aim, reason, or pattern

Act:  anything done, being done, or to be done

Kindness:  a kind act; favor

I will never forget the time my husband and I took our three ridiculously-close-in-age kids out to eat.  This was a time when I encouraged the kids to fill up on chips because I made them split meals and drink water to save money.  And let’s be honest, eating out with infants and toddlers is no party to begin with.  There was a mess of food and crayons and tears (mine) flying back and forth over the table.  Then…the waiter came to tell us our bill had been taken care of.


I shed grateful tears at this rare and quiet kindness.  And still, six years later…I treasure what this meant to me, to our young family.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of that kind of gift?  If you have, you know it’s contagious and it is actually so much more fun to be the giver.

So…how about we have a little fun next week?

What if we look for places to do good?  Maybe we already suspect something we can do.  Maybe we will be surprised by an opportunity.  It doesn’t have to cost money but if you want to buy my coffee (tall Pike Place with cream) while I’m in line at Starbucks, I will pray your blessing.  It could be as simple and perfect as a letter to someone (no return address still gets it there!).  I bet if you have kids, they will know exactly what to do.  My kids are usually better at this than I am and they get really excited about it.

And will you do me a favor?  Will you please email me and let me know about it? Let your kids write the letter.   Maybe we can choose one.  Or maybe I will put them all together somehow and post them.  On a random Tuesday.  When it’s nowhere near RAK Week and we need to be reminded of goodness.

Maybe by starting to look for places to do good next week…we could all just become rebellious and become RAK ninjas all year except the second week in February every year after.

Yeah.  That.

Us...being RAK Ninjas
Us…being RAK Ninjas

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  1. Holly | 4th Feb 14

    You know how much I LOVE this!!!

    • | 4th Feb 14

      Holly, I was thinking about you when I wrote this! I knew you would have amazing ideas. Feel free to share with us all of your good ideas! 😉 Miss YOUR face.

  2. Julie Minton | 4th Feb 14

    I will let the boys know about this tonight and send you what we all did, I love this 😉

  3. Holly | 4th Feb 14

    I’ve found that preparation is the key. Have some ideas in mind and talk with your kiddos to see what some of their ideas are. Then, let them see how much happy they can spread. If you pay for the drink or meal behind you in a drive through line, let the kids turn around in their seats and see the smile from the unsuspecting recipient. Once my kiddos saw how happy they could make someone, they couldn’t wait to do more secret surprises!

  4. Eliza | 4th Feb 14

    A rebel within you, huh? Reminds me of our conversation this morning . . . so good! Oh, and we don’t really do valentines either. But the kindness thing . . . that’s really good! Must noodle on that one.

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