Random Acts of Kindness Update: Harder Than I Thought
My New Year’s Resolution is to do a Random Act of Kindness every day in 2013. You can read about my first week here. And now that the first month is half over all I can say is…only 11 1/2 months to go. No, I”m kidding, but this IS harder than I thought and I failed miserably again on January 14 when my girlfriend had to pay for dinner because I had to run and pick up my son. (I have wonderful friends!)
Here’s the update:
Jan. 7 – One of the women at work keeps candy on her desk and everyone in the building helps themselves. I bought a big bag of candy and left it on her desk. I later found out that she thought someone else had given her the candy and thanked him and HE TOTALLY TOOK THE CREDIT FOR IT! I thought that was hilarious! She eventually did find out it was me.
Jan. 8 – We were at my daughter’s skating team competition and she wanted to get a cookie from the concession stand so I gave her money to get a cookie for the next person in line. Not very imaginative, I know. It had been a very long day. But it made me realize that I’m just throwing money at the problem a lot of the time instead of being creative. Obviously I have a lot of work to do.
Jan. 9 – I returned a cart for a woman at the grocery store.
Jan. 10 – I treated a friend to lunch. She wasn’t expecting it, AND she took home a doggy bag for dinner.
Jan. 11 – Donated winter wear items to St. Vincent de Paul. I struggled with this one. Someone at work was collecting for the charity and asked us to donate items. I wondered if it really counted as a RAOK. But. as I have a whole year to fill, and I didn’t have to donate I’m counting it.
Jan. 12 – This was a tough day. It was a cold Saturday and I was exhausted and didn’t leave the house all day. But I tracked down the original blogger who inspired me to make the Resolution and left her a message letting her know what she inspired me to do. Hopefully it makes her feel good.
Jan. 13 – I stood in the rain and held the door open for a woman running into a store.
Jan. 14 – $5 for the Salvation Army today. Not only did I not do anything, but I was having a belated Christmas dinner with a girlfriend while my son was at fencing and had to leave her to pay the bill when he called to tell me that the class had ended earlier than I expected. Not my best day. By far.
Jan. 15 – Today I let everyone go ahead of me; in traffic, in lines at stores, on elevators and escalators. It was making me antsy because I had to get to an appointment and I started getting behind because of all the letting people go ahead of me. Then I was getting on an escalator and a mall-walking couple was right there so I HAD to let them go ahead of me and they were very slow and took up the whole escalator so I couldn’t pass them so I did get to my appointment late. EXCEPT the person I needed to see was just finishing up with someone else so I technically wasn’t late. It really made me realize that all of the (sometimes rude) hurrying I do in life is mostly pointless.
Jan. 16 – Sent my son to fencing class with an extra water bottle for someone who many have forgotten theirs.
Jan. 17 – Watched the skating coach’s kids when her sitter bailed.
RAOK = 15
Salvation Army = $10