There are all kinds of wacky (and fun) days of observation throughout the year. This week alone, here are a few: Singles Awareness Day, Do a Grouch a Favor Day, National Battery Day (really? National Battery day?), National Chocolate Mint Day (I’ll be observing this one), Cherry Pie Day, Hoodie Hoo Day (Feb 20; On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant “Hoodie-Hoo”….yeah), Love your pet day (hopefully this is every day), Card Reading Day, and Be Humble Day (Some people should definitely observe this one). In between these oddly assigned observances, is one that I particularly like. February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. While I think this should be every day of the year, having an assigned day is a start.
When you’re on your way to work, doesn’t it make your morning a little brighter when someone lets you in front of them when traffic is a nightmare? Other things that brighten ones day could be as simple as a stranger holding the door open for you, a smile as you pass someone on your way into the store, saying please and thank you. These are such simple things we can do to make each other’s lives a bit easier. We’re all muddling through life and have our own problems and challenges. Thinking of someone other than ourselves can make all the difference, not only in the lives of those around us, but in our own. It’s a snowball effect that we too often ignore. We set the tone for our own day. You awake in the morning, you stub your toe on the nightstand and tell yourself it’s gonna be “one of those days”. We take it out on everyone around us, and set the tone for their day as well. There’s a quote that I love: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” ~Mahatma Gandhi. And it really is that simple.
I’m raising a call to action! Tomorrow (for starters), I encourage each of you reading this to do something kind for someone else. It can be any of the things I mentioned above, or buy a coffee for the person in line behind you, cook dinner for your spouse (especially if you normally don’t), buy lunch for someone that can’t afford to buy it for themselves, donate a blanket, coat, etc to a homeless shelter, check in on a neighbor that lives alone. There are countess ways to make the world a little brighter and they don’t all require spending a dime. Let’s earn the title, “City of Brotherly Love”?
Doing things for others should be selfless, without the need for recognition, but this time, I’m asking for you to make an exception… to inspire others. Please comment on this post what you did for someone else, what someone did for you, and how it changed the coarse of your day or made you feel. After all, this is One Unified, isn’t it?