|Photo Credit: Spreading Kindness Campaign|
The teal bag with shiny gold polka dots rested on the kitchen table. An envelope peeked over the top of the handles. There was just enough room in the bag for the 16-ounce bottled water, a bag of chips, and the card. As I leaned over, glancing into the bag a voice echoed behind me.
“That’s mine,” said my son.
“Okay, I’m just looking.”
“I meant to tell you, one of the customers left that on their porch for me.”
My son worked for a company where he shopped for people, so they don’t have to leave their homes during this time of COVID 19. The customer who left the card, wrote my son’s name on the inside and a message that read, “thank you for making things a little easier for our family.”
A few words written inside of a greeting card, for someone you’ve never met, and may never cross paths with again, sent a strong message of kindness. Random acts of kindness, things not expected, but appreciated, can brighten someone’s day.
What are things you can do to spread kindness during uncertain and anxious times? Below are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Leave a note of gratitude for your mail carrier.
2. Write a note of thanks and tape it to the lid of your trash can on trash day.
3. Offer to run an errand for an elderly neighbor.
4. Send a letter or mail a card to someone you have not seen in a while.
5. Send a gift card to your hair stylist, let her know how much she is appreciated.
6. Write a fun message with sidewalk chalk – get the kids involved.
7. Do a wellness check – spend time checking in on friends or relatives; a quick phone call or video chat may bring more joy than you know.
A teal gift bag with gold polka dots held simple contents, yet the message spoke volumes. Kindness.
What would you add to the list of ways to spread kindness?