Random Acts of Kindness
How often do you do something truly random? Do you consider yourself kind? Each year we are encouraged to combine those two concepts during Random Acts of Kindness week, this year from February 11-17. I’m not saying I never get grumpy or that I don’t yell at the driver in front of me, but generally I feel like I am a nice person. Random is a little lower on my radar.
A true “random act of kindness” is defined as: a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up another person, for no reason other than to make them happier. This act may be spontaneous or planned in advance, and may be directed to a stranger or someone you know. The important thing is, you do it with no expectation of reciprocation. Be kind for the sake of being kind, and imagine how the world could change! Now let’s be honest, nothing I’m able to do is going to change the course of the world’s history, but it might just change someone’s day. We get so caught up in our own bubble, and we don’t really know what is happening in someone else’s life. The woman at the bus stop might be on her way to visit a sick relative. The cashier at the grocery store might be a single dad who works two jobs. The person in the parking lot might be driving a vehicle alone for the first time, and that’s why they took so long to pull into their spot. We don’t know what battles the people around us are facing.
With that in mind, Horizon Stage encourages you to participate in Random Acts of Kindness next week. Here are some ideas. Pay it forward the next time you’re in a drive-through line. Shovel your neighbour’s driveway while you’re doing your own. Hold the door for the person behind you. Looking for something more random? Leave a nice message on a post-it note in a public washroom. Leave a book on a table at your lunch place with a note saying you hope the person who picks it up enjoys it as much as you did. Compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is. Tell someone you love their shoes (or their eyeglasses, or their scarf) - people love it when you notice!
The point is, when you make someone smile, you may not even see the true result of your actions, but they will feel it. And hopefully they share it. And it goes on and on, and suddenly we’re not all grouchy about winter, but smiling because someone noticed and cared about us, even for just a moment. While you’re at it, please remember to be kind to yourself. There’s far too little of that in the world. Have a super day, from all of us at Horizon Stage.
-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager