Pass it on…
January 21, 2012, 8:28 am
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Ideas 21 through 30
January 18, 2012, 9:12 pm
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21.  Write/call the boss of someone who really helped me to let the boss know how great that employee is

22.  Take treats for students to the college down the street

23.  Scrape snow/ice off someone’s car

24.  Buy coffee for the person in line behind me at Starbucks

25.  Take treats to the teachers at Daughter #1’s school

26.  Take treats to the teachers at Daughter #2’s school

27.  Take treats to the teacher at Daughter #1’s former school

28.  Write a note of appreciation to our great neighborhood pharmacy

29.  Bring treats to work and leave them anonymously in the lunch room

30.  Invite our lonely neighbor over for dinner

Ideas 11 through 20
January 16, 2012, 8:07 am
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11.  Donate pet supplies to the Feline Rescue animal shelter (maybe make some little cat toys to go with)

12.  Give a treat to the girls’ school bus drivers

13.  Share inspirational quotes with my students.  Have them make bookmarks with the quotes to share with others.

14.  Spend time talking to somebody I don’t like and would normally avoid.

15.  Make a bird feeder.

16.  Write a thank you note to the head of our division at work.

17.  Tape some change to a vending machine.

18.  Leave a generous tip.

19.  Give a bottle of water to the cashier at the grocery store…

20.  …along with $10 for her to use for people who are just a little bit over budget and would otherwise have to take something off their order (which happens quite a bit at the store where I shop).

Ideas 1 through 10
January 15, 2012, 8:25 pm
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1.  Leave quarters in a bunch of carts at Aldi

2.  Take treats to the police station — I’m thinking coffee, tea, soda

3.  Take dinner to the fire station

4.  Leave a gift for the mail carrier — maybe dog treats to refill his supply (he slips one through the slot to Harley whenever he sees him!)

5.  Make activity kits for older kids to give to Regions ER (we spent hours there last year and they had nothing but little kid’s books)

6.  Buy a bunch of toothbrushes and toothpaste and give them to The Family Place

7. Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in my life

8.  Pick up trash in a park or shopping center parking lot

9.  Make/buy bread for communion at Bloom

10.  Praise a mom for her child…a stranger did this for me once and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received



Defining RAOK
January 15, 2012, 2:09 am
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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.