I think that everyone, at on time or another, has heard of ‘random acts of kindness’ or ‘paying it forward.’ It seems to have become a trend – not a bad one but still a trend. It seems the most common RAK (random act of kindness) is where someone pays for the person behind them, usually at a coffee house/stand or fast food restaurant. Having once been a recipient of this it does put a smile on my face when I realize someone has paid for me.
On social media recently there has been a story where a five year old girl who was eating at a fast food restaurant with her mother. This little girl saw a group of police officers eating there as well. She asked her mom if she could use her allowance to buy ice cream sundaes fro them to say thanks for keeping her family safe. This little girl did not know that these officers had just come from the funeral o a fellow officer. Her act of kindness brightened their other wise sad day.
While I like hearing about people wanting to be a part of a RAK I prefer those that were not inspired by being trendy or doing so is expected. True kindness comes from the heart whether it is random or purposeful.
A few months ago, my family and were heading out and had stopped by a favorite coffee stand when we were given our order we learned that some had paid for us already. Wheat a treat that was. We wanted to do likewise so we left a tip as well as money to pay for the next people. I would call this a RAK because we did not know the other people involved.
We have also been involved in more purposeful acts of kindness. At a difficult time in our lives we were blessed to have friends and family who stepped up and helped us. When we tried to pay them back they simply asked that we help someone else when the opportunity came up. We have done so when we learned of needs. The needs were different in each instance but the love that went out was the same. Some occurrences were done anonymously and others were not.
I guess the end result of more people willing to help others is a good thing.