For the second year in a row, my city has challenged itself to perform a great number of acts of kindness in the month of October. For the second year in a row, my organization for which I work is participating. In fact, I am on the Kindness Committee. Think of me as a Kindness Leader. Without the shiny cape. A very simple project that we are doing (and anyone can do this!) is keeping a Kindness journal in our staff room. Each morning I pop into the staff room, and I jot one kind act that I performed the day before. It only takes a minute or two, and I am back on my way to my desk. While eating my lunch, I read about all the acts that my co-workers are doing. I know I work with some great people, but this project really makes them shine! Today the Kindness journal pen dried up. I had a real situation on my hands, but thankfully I managed to scrounge up an old green Holiday Inn pen off the receptionist's desk. It felt oddly unkind to be stealing a pen, but tomorrow I plan to return her 'stylo' and replace it with some new pens I ordered. I'm coo' like that.
But that's not all we're doing. I contacted the Boys and Girls Club, and I asked if we could be another drop-off point for children's winter coats and accessories for the Koats for Kids program. I've already cleaned out our closets and winter hat/mitten/scarf stashes, and I've filled up two boxes! This is another easy and rewarding act that anyone can do. At the end of the month, I'll drive all the stuff we collected down the street to the Boys and Girls Club. Easy peasy.
The neat thing about being kind is it's what you're doing already. So far it hasn't cost me a dime, maybe a few minutes here and there, and the rewards are karmic. :) If you're a Londoner, go and register! It's not too late. And if you're not local, do some random acts of kindness. Pay it forward.