One question for you: Do you think the world needs more kindness?
Sheri at The Loopy Ewe does a Random Act of Kindness series of blog posts each year near the end of December and it got me to thinking about how a small act of kindness can mean a lot to someone and if a whole lot of people did it, it would make a huge difference! I committed to doing at least one RAK each week during this year. Some weeks I will tell you what I did and some weeks I will prefer to keep it private.
I’ve always heard that when you do something for someone else, as the giver, you receive a blessing also. I never thought much about it but yesterday we were at Wal-Mart. We had a lot of stuff . . it took two carts to get it all out. It’s amazing how much more room “healthy foods” take up . . not to mention how much more they cost! I can see why people eat junk food, simply because of the cost.
I was putting the groceries from our cart onto the checkout counter and Vince was on the other end putting the bags into the carts. There was a lady and her husband behind us. She was in one of the electric rolling cart things. I had seen her up and down the aisles while I was shopping. Her husband was with her but had walked away while they were waiting to check out. Once our groceries had moved forward and there was room on the counter, I asked her if she wanted me to put her groceries on the counter and she was happy that I was willing to help. She told me that her husband had gone to the restroom and would be right back and thanked me for helping. I asked her how she wanted things on the counter because I’m real picky about the order in which my stuff gets bagged. She wanted cold things first so I did that.
I put all her stuff on the counter for her and then her husband walked up. He thanked me too . . and it was time for us to leave.
In their cart, it was all frozen microwave type food . . no fresh veggies, no meats. Lots of cookies, a few cake mixes .. no fresh fruit. At first, I was thinking how different the items in her cart were from our cart and then I thought . . she probably can’t stand in the kitchen and cook, and then wash up all the pots and pans. It’s probably so much easier for her to pop something in the oven or microwave and call it done.
I left the store feeling very blessed that I still have my health and am still able to run outside across to the shop and put food in the smoker, or go outside and start a fire in the grill and grill out there. I’m blessed (and so is Vince!) that I love to cook and don’t mind spending hours in the kitchen. I’m blessed that someone posted on my friend’s FB page about the Grain Brain book, and that I started reading it and one book turned into two and three and now we’re eating healthy and hopefully have had a life change! I’m blessed that we can afford to buy the fresh vegetables and fruits.
Blessings are always great but I wonder how many blessings we receive and don’t even realize it. I would never have realized how blessed I am until I helped that lady with her groceries so helping her helped me more . . helped me to be thankful for the all those things listed above.
I challenge you to do random acts of kindness, if you aren’t already. I made myself a little spreadsheet to keep up with it and make sure I stay on track. I already know what I’m doing for this week!