I'm taking a break from the kitchen today; so that I can share my birthday project with you. In lieu of gifts this year, my birthday wish was to complete one Random Act of Kindness for every year of my life. The idea was not my own, it was inspired by this post and this movement that is growing exponentially.
I did not photograph our acts of kindness, because I did not want my birthday project to become all about blogging it. I had a great time blessing my family, friends and complete strangers throughout my birthday celebration.
I made a list and planned some activities ahead of time, but I also enjoyed being spontaneous as we ran into people that we could bless with these things. My kids and I started about a week before my birthday and last Saturday, my husband joined us to finish the list. I'm sharing my list today, at the request of several friends. I hope that this inspires others to share a bit of kindness with someone else today.
My 8 year old: “This is so much fun! I’m so happy. I can’t stop laughing and I feel like I’m going to burst.” Three days into this project –“ I still can’t believe how much fun this is. I never knew it was more fun to give things away than it is to get things!”
My 6 year old: “This is awesome! I want to give away a bunch of my toys now and make more people happy.” “I wish we had more bags of stuff to give away to strangers!”
My 2 year old: Telling every person he handed a treat bag to, “Have a good day!!” Sitting through his very first movie in a theater and looking over at us every 20 minutes or so and saying “Thank you much, thank you very much!”
Thank you for letting me share my joy with you. Hearing back from friends and family members with stories of how they blessed other friends and strangers on my birthday was quite possibly the most fun of all.
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: White Beans and Cabbage