RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Ok, time for some honesty. The last couple of months have been busy, to say the least. Exhausting and stressful. I normally manage stress very well, but I’m not sure what happened, I sort of lost my balance a little. And my fiance noticed. I don’t blame him. I was sighing uncontrollably (a sign that my adrenals are overworked). Acting a little odd (quiet instead of my usual bright self) and a little distracted.
I was doing alot of my usual self-care rituals which were slowly working, but I just knew I needed to get through a particular period before I could see the light of a stress-free day. And get there I did. But not without the nudge of a random act of kindess.
One day after I finished a beautiful yoga practice, I was driving to my favourite cafe spot to blog and drink some chai. (Doesn’t sound like I had much to stress about, huh?!) I received a text message from my fiance asking to me to look inside my yoga bag. I parked the car, and did just that.
What I found had my literally blubbing away like a little kid in the middle of a busy street.
In my hand I held a hand-written letter on a piece of torn envelope. Chris had reached out to me. Noticing my state of being, he decided to randomly send some love and kindness my way.
What he did was philanthropic. He cared for me, nourished my soul and then enhanced my state of being. And simply by putting pen to paper, ok… envelope.
But it got me thinking. When was the last time I did something, for someone, just because? Not to reap a reward or praise, but to simply just say “hello, I see you”.
Back in the day when I used to work in PR a delightful colleague and I would head out for lunch. It was her idea, but we would shout out positive messages to random strangers in the street. It was silly and fun and possibly very immature. But mostly exciting to watch their faces. Of course, the messages we would shout out would be a little off-centre… “I like your freckles!” or “Your walk is hot!” or “Your nose suits your face!” Random. Yes. Kind. Yes.
It can be something small – say hello to someone in the lift, smile at them and wish them a lovely day. Or leave a positive note pinned up in your building lobby. Tie a note to someone’s bike saying thanks for saving the world. Leave a love letter for you partner, or show up at a friend’s house, unannounced with a freshly baked cake. Or better still, leave the cake anonymously at your neighbours house.