|From 26 Acts of Kindness Page on Facebook|
The initial shock of the Newtown tragedy is wearing off, yet the sadness remains. I've had urges to DO something, to help in some way, but haven't thought of a meaningful way to do so.
Then I noticed a friend's status on Facebook this morning. She shared Ann Curry's idea to perform '26 Acts of Kindness' in honor of the 26 children and adults who lost their lives last Friday.
It's just what I need to do right now.
It feels odd to set about doing nice things for others and then brag about it. Doing that seems to take away from the good intentions. However, in an effort to encourage others to join in - pay it forward, if you will - I am going to write about my 26* acts here on the blog and on my Facebook page.
Here are my first six acts that I have done or will do this week:
1) Donate new and unwrapped toys to the Santa Rosa Fire Department's Toys for Kids drive. (check!)
2) Give a meal of homemade soup and a loaf of bread to our neighbor who lost her husband this year.
3) Give Tori a Kiva gift card so she can choose an entrepreneur, likely in a third world country, to loan $25.00 to so that they may start or grow their business. (check!)
4) Donate some new socks and undershirts to the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. Big O tire locations in Sonoma County are accepting coats, socks, blankets, and camping gear from now until January 12th, 2013.
5) Write a letter to someone I have been critical of and hard on lately telling them how thankful I am to have them in my life and that I am sorry for my behavior.
6) Spend an extra long time visiting with my elderly friend, Anna, this week. This Christmas will be her 101st! (check)
While we should all be performing acts of kindness towards others in our everyday life, it sometimes takes an event that rocks us to our core to intentionally and mindfully do so. It's so easy to wrap ourselves up in our own lives. I know I am frequently guilty of this myself.
It would be wonderful to have you join me and blog about your acts of kindness, or simply share them here!
*As I am sure you know, there were 28 people who lost their lives that day - the assailant and his mother. I'm sure they both had many difficult challenges in their lives that we will never know about or understand. Because I don't want to assume to know, I've decided to do two additional acts in the name of forgiveness.