Random acts of kindness – wrap up

Remember these posts about the 19 random acts of kindness for John?

I’d like you all to know that I’m not a flake and did, in fact, do all my random acts of kindness.

I haven’t blogged them because I kept forgetting and truth is, I forgot to write a lot of them down, thinking my memory would do the trick but it didn’t.

Beth and I were chatting last week and she mentioned that it’s 6 months since Jon was murdered.

6 months!

I’m still horrified and honestly, I try not to think about it too much so I don’t become paralysed again like I did for that month when it first happened.

Still, this is a good opportunity to honour Jon’s memory so here goes:

  • sent my VA a thank-you card and notebook
  • made 3 travel journals for a friend’s kids – they took a family holiday to Europe
  • sent a care package all the way to Pennsylvania to a blog friend and her kids
  • wrote out 7 mothers’ day cards for friends of mine telling them they’re awesome mothers
  • baked muffins for another friend’s kids who didn’t want to eat!
  • gave baby mesh feeders to two colleagues for their kids
  • bought earrings for a colleague because I liked the label for her – it said “woman of splendour” 🙂
  • bought a box of tea for yet another colleague, a tea drinker
  • bought some t-shirts for a friend’s kid – I thought he’d look cute in them
  • 4 notebooks to various people
  • left random anonymous notes on the bathroom mirrors at work saying things like “your dreams are worth it” and “you are beautiful” – stuff like that. Wouldn’t you like to get random notes like that?
  • left “welcome back” note on a colleague’s desk who’d spent time away from the office on a project

There were many more I can’t think of; I like to think that being this way is such a part of my life that I forget to take notes. Ha 🙂

Interesting thoughts about this exercise:

  • once you get going, it’s really fun listening out for opportunities to bless other people
  • it’s easy for me to encourage and affirm people
  • it’s also easy for me to do nice things when I’m organised (keeping some small cards in my handbag at all times) and prepared
  • sometimes people don’t even say thank you, even when the gesture wasn’t anonymous! We all know how I feel about saying thank you. But I’m not stopping though; it’s their lives and their choice to be grateful or not.
  • it really feels good to bring joy to people.

What else can you add to the list? What lessons have you learnt from doing random acts of kindness?

 

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  1. I cannot believe 6 months have passed since this tragedy. I often think of Beth and her family and wonder how they are coping.
    I can remind you of another act of kindness that you have done: I have written an email of sympathy to Beth, and YOU have answered me! I appreciated this so much, and I saw what kind of friend you are for Beth. So thank you, Marcia!
    Beth, I really pray that you and your family will be healed completely – in His time 🙂

  2. It DOES feel good to bring joy to people. I do loads of random acts of kindness and I LOVE it.

  3. I love that some of your random acts were so simple…like the notes on the bathroom mirror / on a colleague’s desk. I tend to think about bigger things…like buying the coffee for the person behind me in the drive-thru…thanks for the reminder that the small little things are important, too. 🙂

  4. I agree with Mandy, simple and “little” actions like can have a huge impact, no matter how small they seem. Great inspirtation to make more of them!
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