As you may have heard, Ann Curry started the newest fad of doing good with a simple tweet: "Imagine if we all committed 20 acts of kindness to honor the lost children of Newtown." She wrote more about it here. There are a number of variations on that theme (i.e. 26, 27, and 28 Acts) all making their way through social media and around the globe. When I went to bed last night I thought "that's such a nice idea." But shortly after my morning coffee (sometimes a girl needs a little caffeine to get her going), I decided that I needed less thinking and more doing. I was in. I picked #26Acts simply because I had heard that number the most. (I know...my complicated decision-making process is astounding!) I try to do nice things for people on a regular basis: hold the door, smile and say hello, help carry things for people with strollers...once in a while I pay for the person behind me at Starbucks. The thing I don't do very often is talk about it. I like to be a quiet do-gooder. (Those of you who know me in real life are laughing at the idea of me being quiet! But you know what I mean!) I'm not usually one for the spotlight when it comes to stuff like that. But today I put on my big girl panties and documented my 26 Acts on Instagram and Facebook. I was hoping that if I could get over the weird feeling that comes with bragging about kindness, I could maybe inspire a few of my friends and family to pay it forward for someone else. So with that, my husband and I kicked off our mission....
|Numbers 1-3: Christmas turkeys for the food bank|
|Numbers 4 and 5: munchkins and coffee for the fire and police departments|
|Number 6: bought a Christmas tree for a stranger (that's the firehouse...forgot to take a pic when I was getting the tree!)|
|Number 7: 125% tip for our server at lunch|
|Number 8: let people cut into traffic about 50 million times (too easy!)|
|Number 9: told someone I was thinking about them|
|Number 10: dropped a couple of bags off at Goodwill|
|Number 11-31: paid off 21 toys (3 layaway accounts) for families in our town|
|Number 32: donation to Salvation Army|
As a side note, we actually had some trouble finding stores that do layaway (some places only have Christmas programs that were already over and done with)...so in case you're interested, Sears and Kmart look like good places to start since they have year round programs! AND as a reminder, since many people have made payments on their accounts, you don't have to sell an organ to pay one off...you know, just in case you're thinking about it!
Anyway, I hope my weird, selfish bragging makes you want to do something good in the world!! Now I'm off to start working on number 33: do.Good Stitches blocks for December. (That one REALLY feels like cheating!)
Oh yeah, and Merry Christmas everyone!!!