As I Was Saying: Random acts of kindness have impact

Why as a nation do we have to recognize February 17th as a holiday dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness? The meaning of this phase is as follows: “A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world.”Has the “what’s in it for me” attitude made us forget the simple foundation that we all learned in our early years? One random act of kindness can go a long, long way.Life is tough at times. People can be mean. And bullying is a real thing at every age. Those things shouldn’t deter you from doing the right thing. Further, it shouldn’t stop anyone from doing what their heart believes. Studies show those who are mean or bully others actually are insecure people. As it turns out, they don’t enjoy life very much. They are only happy when they have turned a kind person into an angry, bitter person. When that happens they have control of your life. What do you want your life to be like? That is the question I ask others when a friend, or family member is facing down a bully. Don’t let the negative energy of others deter you from being happy. Your happiness and destiny is controlled by yourself solely.Last week I experienced two random acts of kindness. Completely out of the blue, and totally unprovoked. One was from a truck driver from North Dakota. He saw me sitting and bought a piece of candy from a family owned local Main Street business. Little did I know he bought that specifically for me. In return, I thanked him and shared the candy with him. We had a nice conversation and I left with a smile on my face and a heart bigger that day due to one generous act.The next day, I was walking to a parade and people on the streets encouraging me to get to the beginning. A nice woman offered to drive me the rest of the way, while I was still far behind. I know we are all taught to never get in a car with a stranger. I wouldn’t ever encourage it, either. The point was that there were multiple acts of kindness happening. I was offered a ride to the beginning of the parade, was encouraged by other spectators to continue working my way to the beginning of the parade, and none of the individuals knew me. These little acts of kindness are powerful, important, and make life a lot happier for those who experience them on both ends.People don’t often realize that when a random act of kindness occurs it allows a special love in our heart. It reminds us that there are still many people in this world that have a good heart. It also makes us stop and think about others. Even encouraging us to engage is a simple act of kindness ourselves.It doesn’t cost money to do something good. If you don’t do this on a regular basis – give it a try. One thing I can promise anyone who does is that they won’t regret doing a good thing for someone else.Marie Cramer is a resident of Macedon and former Mayor of the Village she calls home. Her “As I was Saying” is a monthly column, which is featured on the last Friday of every month.

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