Our culture is quick to dismiss quiet, ordinary, hardworking people who are doing the right thing in their communities; people who are grateful for what they have and want to share that with others around them. They don’t want the recognition or attention, just the joy of shining a little light of hope or love in a person’s life. What are Random Acts of Kindness? Are they so random or just doing the right thing? Doing something for someone else with no agenda or no recognition? Doing kind acts because it is just the right thing to do?
NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT
I’m of the age that several of my peers are hearing the dreaded word… “Cancer!” I asked a couple of friends who went through cancer treatment what acts of kindness stood out to them. They said, “When diagnosed gifts and prayers are bountiful. It is after months of treatment, when life continues on, that being remembered becomes extremely important.” They expressed the love of simply receiving uplifting phone calls or random cards of encouragement or scripture. These acts truly brightened their day during this trying season.
I found these awesome cards created by Margaret Feinberg, a breast cancer survivor. These are generic and great for anyone going through a tough season of life.#fightbackwithjoy
Each of the six cards is designed to encourage and inspire. Some are written with a good dose of humor; others are created to rekindle relationships. All are designed to equip people who are facing tough times to fight back with joy.
Another great gift is the Fuel Your Fight by TREATMINTBOX.
This goody box is stocked with the perfect gifts for cancer patients. Each item is chosen by other survivors to comfort and inspire your loved one during their fight with cancer. You can purchase one box or subscribe to send your loved one monthly surprises.
Doing the right thing for others usually happens at the most inconvenient time. We all have stories of running late and someone stopping us to ask for help. What's important in these moments is taking the time to interrupt our agendas and do the right thing.
A friend of mine was running late for a lunch date when a disheveled man stopped her and explained he hadn’t eaten in a couple of days. She could have easily given him money and been on her way, but she stopped and truly saw a man in need. They were standing in a public place beside a Village Burger. She took him inside the restaurant, told him to pick out anything on the menu, and purchased his lunch. She texted her friend and said she would be late but she needed to do the right thing. She accepted the inconvenience, to show kindness and shine a little light in this man’s life.
A challenge this week; write a note of encouragement to a friend, and/or allow yourself to be inconvenienced!