Challenge: Do One Thing to Better the World

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I became a fan of random acts of kindness, oh, I would say about five years ago. It enriched my life immensely.. I remember coming in contact with “Secret Agent L” vividly, It was at a time in my life when I started seeing things differently.  I started naturally seeing with my heart “eyes” instead of my face “eyes.”  My awareness started changing about who I was and the world I lived in.  It was the first time in my life that I felt alive, that I felt I had a purpose. I first became acquainted with, Laura, who at the time I knew only as “Agent L” on Facebook and the website, 21 Random Acts of Kindness. It wasn’t long before I became an affiliated agent of “Agent L.” I was “Agent M,” Secret Agent of Kindness. Laura’s project grew enormously and fast. The momentum the project spread across the nation and world validated that humans do crave positivity, that kindness is so powerful it can take a bad day and make it good,, and that there is a Universal heartbeat that is fed through love and compassion.  CNN did a piece on Laura’s endeavor and it can be seen here.  Laura’s endeavor was the match that lit the fire underneath my desire to spread kindness wherever and whenever I could.  I cannot believe the R.A.K. has been going for four years, I will share one of of the missions that I found exciting.:  Hitting the the local library with a R.A.K. (Random Act of Kindness).  You can read it at 21 Random Acts of Kindness’ Affiliated Agent Stories, or below just to give you an idea of how R.A.K. operates.

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You guys all know I love to read.  Two degrees in English wouldn’t suggest otherwise, right?  I think sharing a book (or the opportunity to get a book) with someone is one of the kindest things we can do!  Affiliated Agent M of Hilliard, Ohio, is a girl after my own heart.

DATE:
Monday, 16 August 2010

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent M

LOCATION:
library
Hilliard, Ohio

TIME:
6:00 p.m.

Affiliated Agent M is bursting at the seams!

 

I am just elated and overjoyed … my heart hasn’t stopped dancing.  I completed my first “official” SAL mission on August 16, 2010, 6:00 p.m., Hilliard, Ohio.

My husband and I brainstormed for ideas to do for a RAK mission.  I thought wouldn’t it be awesome if a person going to pick up an item at the library received a random-act-of-kindness.  An unanticipated nicety that enables the “finder” to feel special, to smile, to inspire them to spread kindness to another, to pay it forward.

I placed $5.00 in a card, with an affirmation and personal note from me:  “There is nothing better on a beautiful day then relaxing with a good book on the banks of a river, in a lounge chair, or under a shade tree.  May this Random Act of Kindness make that come true for you, just because!”

The gift was placed inside of a slot where books are waiting to be picked up by those who have reserved items from the library online.

 

I can’t wait to complete my next mission!

Affiliated Agent M

I love it, lady!  A simple act of kindness can make all the difference.  Glad you had fun!

 

Are you ready to accept the challenge?  Is there one thing you can do to “better” the world?  I know there is and below is an article that lists 60 positive things that can do to “better” the world—one day at a time—one person at a time—one heart at a time!

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Even after all this time,
the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me!”
Look what happens with a love like that,
it lights up the whole sky.
-Hafez

Selflessness is the sincere concern for the well being of others. It’s about love. It’s about compassion. It’s about kindness and faith. It’s about making a difference in the world. Sure, you are only one, but you are one. You cannot do everything, but you can do something. Smile and enjoy the fact that you have the ability to make a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever.

So go ahead and make the words, “How can I help?” part of your everyday vocabulary. Start today; choose one of these 60 selfless ways to pay it forward.

  • Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  • Introduce yourself. Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome.
  • Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Your old is someone else’s new.
  • Write a positive Yelp review about a local business you like.
  • Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything.
  • Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Locate your nearest blood drive.
  • Volunteer at a hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc. Get outside of yourself and help others. Check out Volunteer Match.
  • Buy house warming gifts for new neighbors.
  • Inspire others online.
  • Share your umbrella with a stranger on a rainy day.
  • Check up on someone who looks lonely.
  • Let someone with only a few items cut you in line at the grocery store.
  • Spread good news.
  • Replace what you’ve used. For example, fill up the copier or printer with paper after you’re done using it or start a fresh batch of coffee.
  • Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
  • Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand.
  • Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving.
  • Babysit for couples or single parents who don’t get out much so they can have some alone time.
  • Look for ways to save a few extra bucks a month and then donate it to a good cause or charity.
  • Shop at your local charity thrift store. The money you spend there helps others.
  • Help someone get active. There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy, but needs a helping hand. Offer to go walking or running together or join a gym together. Check out your local Active activities.
  • If someone you love really likes something (a meal, a favor, etc.) give it to them when they least expect it.
  • Make a difference in the life of a child. Give them your time and undivided attention.
  • Pay for the person in line behind you.
  • Drop off your old eye glasses at your local LensCrafters as a donation to the OneSight program.
  • Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.
  • Redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.
  • The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or in need of assistance, stop and ask how you can help. Read How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist.
  • Become a mentor or tutor to someone in need.
  • Help the weary shopper in front of you who needs that extra two or three cents to avoid breaking a 20-dollar bill.
  • Come to the rescue. If you realize someone is sick, bring them some hot tea, soup, etc.
  • Be a courteous driver. Let people merge in front of you.
  • Put some change in an expired parking meter (where it’s legal).
  • Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.
  • Listen to someone’s pain and help them find a path through it.
  • Hug a friend. Let them know how important they are.
  • Think twice before you throw something away. As Jack Johnson once said, “Reduce, reuse, and recycle.”
  • Help an entrepreneur with a Kiva donation.
  • Bake cookies or brownies and share with a neighbor or colleagues.
  • If you have a good book you’ve read that’s just sitting around on a book shelf, give it away to a friend.
  • Become a member of Freecycle, and participate.
  • Clean up litter in a park or open space nearby.
  • Look into co-housing.
  • Borrow and lend things in your neighborhood by using Share Some Sugar.
  • Send a nice email or handwritten card to someone you know, unexpectedly.
  • Leave encouraging post-it notes in library books and other random places.
  • If you see a couple taking a self-pic, offer to take the picture for them.
  • Setup a donation box at your school, work or place of worship and ask others to make canned/dried food contributions. Then deliver the donations accordingly.
  • Join efforts to preserve and protect the environment.
  • Donate cat and dog food to an animal shelter. Call and ask what is needed.
  • Compliment someone with sincerity.
  • If there’s been an accident or a potentially hazardous situation presents itself on the road, report it to the local authorities. Your phone call could save a life.
  • Collect and donate prom dresses for underprivileged youth. Check out the Princess Project.
  • When you’re getting fast food, buy an extra meal for a homeless person.
  • Stand up for someone. Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them.
  • Take the time to teach someone a skill you know.
  • Teach others how to make a difference in this world by setting a good example every day. Read 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life.
  • When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward.

POST WRITTEN BY: ANGEL CHERNOFF, “60 Selfless Ways to Share With the World”

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SmiledSoul Wrist Whispers is my current “mission.”  It is my endeavor to spread positive energy, positive words, positive vibes all around the world.  

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