Sharing my slice of life (#sol14) over at Two Writing Teachers.
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To celebrate my birthday last week, I decided to practice random acts of kindness. Lately, gratitude has become a conscious and daily practice in my life and I am feeling the changes. I feel more grateful for all of my blessings. This made me want to share this feeling...so I decided to do just that.
I made a plan. I mapped out potential random acts that I could do. I even researched them online to get ideas. Then, I started. For a while, I struggled with what "counted" and then I decided that it didn't matter. If it was kind and I made a decision to behave that way...it counted. No matter how big or small. I also decided that I wanted to keep this goal separate from spending money (mostly). I wanted to show that it's not about money, it's about choices and perspective and sharing kindness and goodness.
My first act was a letter to my mom. It was a simple note saying thank you for simply being my mom. I know how I feel, but as I was writing out the words I wondered if I had ever specifically told my mom how I felt in such detail. It reminded me how lucky I am to have a mom who loves me so much.
A week filled with snow days made the completion of this task more complicated. I finished today. Oh it felt good! Here are the rest...
Today after school, two of my former students helped me with my last birthday RAK and my first #nerdlution RAK. Involving them made it even better. We had so much fun creating happy and kind cards to include in mailboxes. I think we made eight. Here's a couple:
I will say, sometimes I get so nervous and worried about the "audience" of the act of kindness. Strange! Why do I worry that the act of kindness might not be received well. I still don't understand my hesitation and concern...but it's real and it's there. Which leads me to the next part of my story. I'm continuing the random acts of kindness...for the next fifty days. Nerdlution: The Sequel began today. One of my goals is RAK...each day. My hope is others will be inspired and pass the kindness AND I will figure out why I have anxiety about this. (Strange!)
In case you didn't know, a nerdlution is a mini resolution. Starting on January 27th (or whenever you start) nerdlutions were made and will be followed for 50 days. You can see mine here. To help us reflect and share our progress, we are blogging about them and sharing them here on Thursdays. Please join us! Here's a great explanation of Nerdlution by Chris Lehman!
As I continue with random acts of kindness (which I believe will entail much card writing) I hope to figure out my hesitation around this idea. Last week I invited others to perform acts of kindness. Thank you to those who shared kindness. Let's keep it going! Here's a great video to inspire some kind words today...
"Just treat everybody like it's their birthday..."