A Random Act of Kindness is defined by Wikipedia as the following: A selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.
I love the idea of random acts of kindness and I love it when someone shares of themselves a random act of kindness for me. I recently introduced the idea of doing something nice like this for our advent activity last year, with the children. We have always practiced kindness and sharing in our home and with our friends and family, but we had not done an activity like this before where it was anonymous. I borrowed the idea of the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness from this blog that I came across thru Pinterest. (Gosh, I could spend hours and hours on Pinterest!)
So I was familiar with the idea of random acts of kindess when Mai, from Dainty Ashley contacted me. I follow Dainty Ashley on Instagram and apparently, every now and again, Mai checks out the profiles of her followers. In my IG feed she found Gellibean. After tagging me in a comment I emailed Mai our address because she said she wanted to put something together for Gellibean in time for Valentine’s Day.
That particular Tuesday was a rough day for me. (not in the dramatic, something terrible happened kind of way) Just in the chasing time, very unhappy baby due to teething, kids have tons of homework, and I can’t keep up with all the chores in the house, try to get dinner on the table before everyone has a meltdown kind of day?…you know-the kind of days that SAHMs/WAHMs/WMs have often because life is a constant balancing act?! Tuesdays are usually like this for me since I teach, and no matter how hard I try to plan and do things ahead, I usually collapse at the end of the day because I am so exhausted and my to do list is still not yet finished.
This past Tuesday was different. Gellibean got a package and when I opened it, read the note inside with all of the beautiful clips and the Aphrodite headband, I sighed in relief. It was a heavy sigh…one that carried the weight of the day’s events and the chasing time and slid them off my shoulders. It was a reminder for me as I opened up a package from someone I had never met before. A reminder that we are all connected somehow (even more so because of the internet and twitter, IG, Vine, fb, and multiply) and that we should remember to be kind to one another. Even if that kindness is something we have to work at in being kind to ourselves, too.
Well…the kindness inspired me. I’m sure that it will be easy for me to find someone to spread the love and share the happiness during this MONTH of love. After all, February isn’t just the month of love and Valentine’s Day…It’s also Down Syndrome Consciousness Month!