There’s a guy I’m friends with on Twitter who participates in Random Act of Kindness Wednesdays #RAOK. While he lives in Lexington, I’ve never met him in person, but I am inspired each week by his passion for giving back to strangers in our community. “Take time today to do something kind for someone,” one of his Wednesday tweets read.
This could include something easy like buying coffee for the car behind you in line at Starbucks or donating used books to the library, to something more labor-intensive like helping an elderly neighbor with yard work, or volunteering your time with a local nonprofit organization. Writing a letter to someone who made a difference in your life is also easy, yet thoughtful.
A friend of mine recently invited me to come with her to help pack backpacks for elementary students in need of food on the weekends. Many times, the food provided in the backpacks is the only option for hundreds of local kids on the weekends when school breakfast and lunch isn’t available. It is a little thing like those snack-filled backpacks that makes a difference in how well a child eats… and it’s also the little things in life that makes a person’s day better.
Author Swami Kriyananda said: “There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it. We need to fulfill certain inner hungers: the need for happiness, for peace of mind -- for wisdom.”
In our busy everyday lives filled with work, spouses, kids, pets and all our other commitments, it’s easy to zone in on the stresses of our own circumstance, but whether it’s a small random act of kindness for a stranger or volunteering our time to help a less fortunate child, as I challenge myself to give back more to our awesome community and the people in it, I encourage you to do the same. I’ve found that the more we give, the more we actually get back in return.
How do you like to give back? Tweet me @MeredithLaneLEX.