Sorry about the two week delay! However, we are back on track this week!
The theme this week is "kindness". Kindness is one of the most powerful interpersonal tools that we, as human beings, use to connect with one another. When we sense someone’s need, we either choose to help in some way… or we choose not to. I want everyone this week to bring out their inner-kindness and choose to help!
We cannot rely on someone else to make this world a better place. Each one of us has to do our bit. It doesn't matter if it is big or small, we should all make it a habit to make someone's day, every day. Kindness is contagious. Never underestimate the impact of a single act of kindness.
Your mission this week is to complete AT LEAST one "random act of kindness".
What is a Random Act of Kindness? (taken from http://actsofkindness.org/)
When we go beyond duties that are expected of us and reach out to help another person or group of people, we are performing a Random Act of Kindness. Kindness and empathy are very closely related: kindness is the observable expression of empathy. We sense another person’s need, we understand how it feels to be in need (due to our own past experience), and we decide to offer our help. This profound process can happen almost instantaneously, even if the person in need is a complete stranger. When we are kind, we express the best of who we are.
An Explanation of “Random”
The word “random” can be interpreted in various ways. Almost all acts of kindness are planned to some extent. Sometimes the planning takes a couple of seconds. Other times, the planning can take weeks. All acts of kindness — planned and unplanned — are valuable and beneficial. When people are kind, they are improving their world by selflessly giving to another.
Hopefully the definitions are clear. If you still have a question, please feel free to ask it here on the blog.
Before we get started, we have to set a few rules - I know, it's always about the rules! Don't worry, these aren't difficult rules! :-)
Rule #1: You must complete your act of kindness without being asked. It has to be completely random and done because YOU wanted to do it not because someone asked you to do it.
Rule #2: You must complete your act without expecting anything in return.
Rule #3: Do not tell the person that you have done your random act of kindness because it is an assignment given to you by me.
Rule #4: Post here what your "random act of kindness" was and how the person reacted to you because of this unexpected kindness.
Rule #5: Watch your spelling and grammar and always post using full sentences!
Rule #6: Have fun and be creative!
Let's see how many random acts of kindness we can achieve in one week! Good luck! :-)
I will leave you with a quote by Emelia Earhart:
"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves".
The bonus question this week is:
Who are Craig and Mark Kielburger? Don't forget to be specific! :-)