Well, it’s taken me almost three months, but I’ve ‘finished’ my #26Acts of kindness. I hope I’ve been nice other times in between then and now, or at least not outright mean…Don’t answer that.
Things like this remind me that a lot can change in three months. Important things can be forgotten, and promises can be broken. I started following the #26Acts challenge to consciously do, in very broad terms, Good Things; they weren’t always the biggest things, and they weren’t always ‘random,’ but they were always done with good intent. It’s my choice to remember those 26 victims through positive actions; they should not be forgotten.
Anyway. The theme of this section is “free,” because I’m saving for a vacation (and kindness doesn’t have to cost a thing).
19. Helped two gentlemen across a parking lot and into Bruegger’s (which is where they were headed, not just, like, where I decided to put them)
This was maybe my first totally random act of kindness, and it was perfect for me, because a man after a sandwich is a man after my own heart. In this case, two older men. With walkers. Even better!
20. Did the dreaded unclaimed dishes
Every shared kitchen has unclaimed dirty dishes in the sink at almost any time. It can cause wars. So for a few days, I did other people’s dishes without writing a passive-aggressive note or acting like a martyr. Just blogging about it!
21. Tucked handmade bookmarks into books at the library (I AM VERY NORMAL)
I love finding things in books. Hopefully I’m not alone in that.
All the bookmarks I made had a quote from the movie version of my favorite book, The Princess Bride, and several of them wound up in romance novels, which just amuses me to no end.
22. Volunteered at Operation Glass Slipper
Operation Glass Slipper outfits around 1,000 girls for prom at no cost. Lacy and I helped out in the shoe section. Mainly we tried to keep the shelves stocked, but we also got to help a few girls find the perfect shoe. This is as close to being a Fairy Godmother as I will get in real life.
23. Proofread homework assignments for a friend
I may not know what your grad school paper is about, but I can tell you if you’ve misspelled “occurrence.”
24. Visited a home-bound friend on St. Patrick’s Day
A meaningful visit on a meaningful day, for both of us.
25. Brought leftover St. Patrick’s day goodies (not whiskey) into work to share
The shamrock cookies went immediately – but the Irish flag veggie tray was a little slower. What does that tell us?
26. Finally bought my coworker a coffee. Then she bought me one back. This will go on forever so at some point the thought just has to count.
There you have it; 26 Acts of Kindness, some random, some not. But just because I’ve met my initial goal does not mean I’m done with kindness and going to turn into a Disney Villain. Although…I am plotting something. Scheming, if you would. Stay tuned.