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Random Acts of Kindness…

Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.
— C. Neil Strait

Some carrot cake left over from “A Special Tea, Tour and More”…Click on the photo with this heading in the sidebar and it’ll take you directly to the post!

Happy New Year Dear Friends,

I love you all! Thank you to each of  you for being so encouraging and supportive this past year. It has been an amazing journey with you so far.

I first began blogging in 2011 as a source of ‘happy therapy’, a positive focus while on medical leave from my work  recovering from treatments for breast cancer.  The warm words you wrote on my blog and my heart helped me get through some dark days and lifted my spirits more than you can ever imagine.

And, I could never have imagined the amazing opportunities that came these past months from blogging!  I’ll tell you a bit more about that in a later post, I promise…

First, let’s have a ‘cuppa’, shall we?  And, would you also like some home baked carrot cake with snowy cream cheese frosting to go with your tea? This is a moist and delicious-tasting cake.  There was a little left from “A Christmas Tea for Lucas” so I popped it in the freezer and saved it just for our visit today.  It still has its wonderfully ‘fresh-from-the-oven’ goodness! Yum!

As you can see, I am still enjoying my Christmas decor.  Indeed, many of my friends and neighbours, it seems, are also a little reluctant to say good-bye to that holiday feeling.  I’m sure that will likely change in the next week or so.  For now, the house is all cozy with the warmth that the holiday decorations provide.

Today I heard something beautiful, and I just have to relay this story to you as it made my day!  TRULY!

Have you ever heard of  ‘Random Acts of Kindness’?! I got the idea while watching the Oprah show one day many years ago.  Hubby and I were inspired by the program’s theme and have been doing little spontaneous things like this ever since, and it always brings us so much joy…

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.— Mother Teresa

This morning, my husband and I dropped by our regular weekend haunt for breakfast.  I was anxious to talk with our waitress Kim to find out the reaction of a group of four police officers (two male and two female) whom we had surprised last time we visited the cafe (the day after Boxing Day) by asking her to add the price of the police officers’ breakfasts to our own breakfast bill – but, please, not to tell the officers about their complimentary breakfasts until AFTER we had left the restaurant and they were waiting on their bills.  We wanted it to be a SURPRISE to them.  🙂

And, apparently, it was!  A BIG SURPRISE! Kim told us that the officers were totally blown away when she announced to them that their breakfasts had already been been paid for by the YOUNG (she did say young :-)) couple that had been seated at the table next to them. They hardly knew what to say and couldn’t believe that someone would actually do something so nice for them – I can’t imagine why NOT?!  (Police officers, and other uniformed service persons, are often under appreciated for the potentially dangerous work that they do on behalf of public safety.) The officers told the waitress that IT made their Christmas, as well as their New Year’s! And, I could hardly believe THAT!  I started to get goosebumps to know that they were just so thrilled by the treat.  Kim went on to tell us more…

When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, “Yes, this is how I ought to feel.”
— Harold Kushner

As the four officers were leaving the cafe that morning, they were still commenting on the anonymous gesture that had so pleasantly shocked and surprised them.  Within mere seconds after the door had closed behind them, one of the male officers quickly popped back inside and headed toward the cash with a purpose in mind. He told the waitress that because someone had been so nice as to buy breakfast for him and his colleagues that he wanted to pay it forward and asked to take care of the breakfast bill for the couple who had been sitting at the table behind him and his fellow officers! Oooh, the goosebumps are getting bigger by the minute. But wait, there’s more yet to tell…
Sooo, when the waitress informed the equally surprised couple that a police officer had paid for their breakfast, they understandably questioned, ” Why would a police officer pay for OUR breakfasts?!” And, Kim was excited and delighted to explain to the couple WHY the officer had, indeed, done so….The  amazed and grateful couple announced, “Well, it won’t stop here!” They then asked to pay for the breakfasts for the persons who were sitting behind them, and so it went…  Our good deed was paid forward a total of  four times before it all ended!  Talk about ‘the ripple effect’!!! WHOO HOO! Ya just gotta love it, my friends!
Isn’t that awesome?!  Who knew?! Just imagine if EVERY PERSON demonstrated an act of kindness EVERY DAY  toward someone else and there was such a chain reaction! What a better world this would be in no time!
DID YOU KNOW?  ‘Random Acts of Kindness Week’ is February 13-19. The week-long awareness initiative is an invitation to individuals, businesses, schools, community groups, health institutions, service clubs – ALL – to join hands and hearts together in the ‘Kindness Revolution’ to make a positive difference in this world, not just for one week but EVERY DAY.  BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL!
The only New Year’s resolution that I am making this year (and one that I know I will try very hard to keep) is to do more “Random Acts of Kindness”…

Try to make at least one person happy every day.  If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word.  If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought.  Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!    Lawrence G. Lovasik (The Hidden Power of Kindess)

Some ‘Pink Love’…See more in posts Ornaments of Wonder and Angels Among Us!

Thank you for visiting.  I appreciate your spending time with me.  I hope that someone is kind to you today and that you are, in turn, inspired to perform a “Random Act of Kindness”…

Wishing you a beautiful day,
Linda XO

Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.  Buddha

I found the news clip below on-line and had to add it to this post.  It seems this is happening in many other places, too!  Isn’t it so refreshing?!

 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS MULTIPLYING AT A BLUFFTON COFFEE SHOP

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  1. 2012/01/08 at 2:55 am

    Dearest Linda,

    Quite a touching post with lots of warmth and love! Indeed, if everybody would do more like that, the world would be a different place to live in.
    So glad you have recovered so far from your treatment. May 2012 hold lots of good things for you.

    Love,
    Mariette

  2. 2012/01/08 at 10:26 am

    Good morning Linda,

    What a beautiful and heart-warming post! It has truly been a lovely respite to visit you today. ‘Paying it forward’ always pays off! Thank you for the warm fuzzies and have a delightful day.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Sandi

  3. 2012/01/08 at 1:57 pm

    Great story, and even better is the fact that you lived it!!♥♫

  4. 2012/01/08 at 3:04 pm

    Random acts of kindness do take people by surprise. And, it’s no wonder in our busy, hectic and dangerous world where people build walls around themselves. Reminds me of the commercial on TV where one person sees someone else doing an act of kindness, then they do an act of kindness and it goes on and on.

    I taught my children and my Sunday School children that something as simple as a smile may brighten someone’s day…a new and nervous cashier, a harried wife who may be having marital problems, an elderly person who can’t help but move slowly. Instead of being short or angry, give them a smile to let them know…it’s okay. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your generous random act of kindness. Who knew it would have such an impact?

    Blessings ~

  5. 2012/01/08 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Linda,
    That is such a heartwarming story – you really make the world a better place with your thoughtfulness.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend,
    Carolyn

  6. Tammy Fry
    2012/01/08 at 6:37 pm

    I’m so happy right now (I had to have a “happy cry”)…reading your RAOK story! You two are such beautiful people! You make the world we live in a better place…I am a positive person by nature and try to pass that attitude on to those I have contact with everyday! I hope that in some small way I make a difference! Thanks for inspiring me to do more…..xoxo

  7. Alana
    2012/01/08 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Linda,
    That was very special! And, I also love random acts of kindness…Good for the soul! XO

  8. Tammy
    2012/01/08 at 10:36 pm

    As always, a beautiful story. Hugs to you and my uncle. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Talk soon…

    Tammy XOXO

  9. 2012/01/10 at 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful post! You know what they say….when you do something nice for someone else, you’re the one who gets more in return. Sounds like that happened with you, along with the other people who followed along with your good deed. I hope that 2012 is a great year for you.

    I know what you mean about hanging on to Christmas. Usually the people in my neighborhood have all traces of Christmas removed from the outside of their houses on Dec. 26th. This year most left their lights and decorations up until last week. I think Christmas felt like it went by so fast this year that people wanted to savor it a little longer.

    Thank you for joining my party this week….hope to see you next week, too!

  10. Linda Bowering
    2012/01/11 at 8:33 am

    Hi Linda,

    Love your idea to try and make someone happy at least once a day by doing a random act of kindness. You have inspired me to do exactly that. I am going to make it my New Year’s resolution to make an effort to do “a daily RAOK.” I think a lot of us during our lives do RAOK, but don’t realize the impact we make on people’s lives. I think you have started something here. Lets hope it will have a ripple affect.

    Love your web site, keep up the good work.

  11. barbara neubeck
    2012/01/13 at 12:06 am

    Hello Linda,
    What a nice thing to do…And, to find out your ‘paying forward’ continued on that day is wonderful!
    God Bless,
    Barb from Australia

  12. 2012/01/15 at 9:28 am

    Oh this is such a wonderful testimony of the power of selfless blessing!
    I truly enjoyed reading your story, Linda. What an encouragement to you and your hubby to know your RAK had such a lovely impact.
    It’s very inspiring! Thank you for linking this to LACE and sharing the blessing!

    Your photos are gorgeous and your carrot cake cake looks irresistibly delicious lol!

    Have a blessed week in God…Trish

  13. 2012/01/19 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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