Defining RAOK
January 15, 2012, 2:09 am
Filed under: intro, RAOK ideas

I have been thinking a lot today about how I should define “random acts of kindness.”

Of course I started by googling the phrase, which led me to a web site with tons of ideas:


There are many, many great ideas on there…but some of them seem too easy.  “Hold a door open for someone.”  “Let someone go in line in front of you.”  “Read to a child.” Don’t get me wrong, these are great things to do, but these are things I tend to do often without even thinking.

(That’s not to say I’m angelic about it…you should have heard me in Aldi this weekend, picking up a carton of strawberries somebody dumped on the floor and left there for everyone else to step on…when I gave it to the cashier to dispose of, I said “I don’t know what’s wrong with some people…I think they were raised in a barn.”)

So I’ve decided my RAOK need to be something that I have thought about and made a conscious decision to follow through on.   I definitely will seize the moments that arise, but many others will be planned.  (Since I’m not starting until February 26, I’ve got time to prepare.)

I’ve already started making a list, and I will share a lot of my ideas here in the next few posts.


40 plus 15
January 15, 2012, 12:52 am
Filed under: intro

2012 is a big year.  I am turning 40, and I will have been married for 15 years this summer.

When I think about turning 40, I mostly just get depressed.  But then today I read this:

How I Celebrated My Birthday (AKA 38 Random Acts of Robyn)

and I decided to stop being depressed and start being awesome.

On the 40 days leading up to/including my birthday, I will do 40 random acts of kindness…one every day.

Then, on the 15 days after my birthday, I will do 15 more, in honor of my 15 years of marriage.

Thus, 40 plus 15 is born.

I plan to write about it here, not because I want accolades or recognition, but because maybe it will inspire you to look around you and be kind in an unexpected way.