Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Celebrating with Random Acts of Kindness

September 12, 2013 would have been my sister's 24th birthday.  Sadly, Kristi died very unexpectedly at the age of 15.  She was a wonderful and compassionate person and it makes me sad to think of all all of the good that the world is missing out on by her not being here.

Last year, I decided to celebrate her birthday by doing random acts of kindness. (You can read about it here and here.) I petitioned you good folks to help me meet my goal and you were so kind!  Because of your generosity I greatly exceeded my goal.  I was so touched by the kindness of others who were willing to help me celebrate what would otherwise have been a pretty depressing day for my family and me.  

This year, I am once again petitioning you for your help to reach my goal.  Please do a random act of kindness to celebrate my sister's birthday.  Once you have done that, please let me know by commenting here or emailing me.  Last year I compiled all of your wonderful random acts of kindness into a book.  I hope to continue to do this.  When I get sad or discouraged or when I just miss my sister it is so uplifting to be able to turn to the pages of your random acts.  It reaffirms to me that people are SO good.  It also shows me that Kristi can still be a force for good, even though she is not here.  

We have ALL month long to reach the goal, which is 365 random acts of kindness (I don't find it hard to believe that Kristi would have done 365 kind things this year, so I would like us to do it in her stead). 

For the rest of the month I will be performing random acts of kindness and posting about random acts of kindness.  I hope you will feel inspired to serve others this month with random acts of kindness and I hope you tell me all about it!

Thank you, guys!  I know that together we should have no problem meeting my goal of 365!

How many times do you guys think I used the phrase "random acts of kindness" in this post?


Sarah-Ann Binning said...

I'm excited to see you're doing this again. I really believe this is such a beautiful way to honor your sister.

Today I performed two random acts of kindness.

I treated a co-worker to lunch and sent encouragement cards to my classmates who are working on writing their critical theses right now.

Sarah-Ann Binning said...

This wasn't my random act of kindness, but someone in our office did a RAK for me and I thought it deserved to be shared here.

We're getting ready for a 1,200 attendee event this weekend, so as you can imagine our entire office has been stressed for the past two months--but exceptionally stressed now that we're a day away. Someone bought a bouquet of flowers and left it on someone's desk with one simple note. "This is an appreciation bouquet. Smell them, enjoy them ... but then pass the bouquet on to someone you appreciate."

Those flowers brightened all of our moods!

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