perform a Random Act of Kindness every day, for an entire year. Can you do it?

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The RAKproject – One Year Later

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So here we are, just a little over one year since I began this crazy idea. And after doing this exercise for the last 12 months, I have realized the toughest part about The RAK Project.

It was hard.

Doing a RAK every day can certainly take a toll, and early on in this Project I saw it as another chore to check off the list, and found myself even skipping a day or two of RAKs because of the effort involved.  Eventually, work and life and other things took priority, and I stopped keeping track of them around #300, which was in October.  So in the technical sense, I failed.

But I realized that was ok.

The whole point of The RAK Project was the effort.  To force me to get out of my comfort zone, give me something to work at, and mostly, to keep me accountable for my own feelings and actions toward others.  It helped me take a personal responsibility to go above-and-beyond daily to think about all the people around me.  And it really helps to recognize the bigger picture, and realize all I can do is make my own world a positive place. Big things often do start small.

So it’s a new year, and a fresh start.  I’m starting The RAK Project all over again.  I want to see if I can make it to all 365.

Who is with me?

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December 30th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Amazing RAK – Software developer takes on vagrant and helps him develop his own business

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Programmer in training: Leo, a homeless man in New York, is set to launch his own app after only four weeks of coding lessons

A New York homeless man is about to launch his own app after learning how to code through the generosity of a software developer who passed him every day during his commute.

First announced on Medium last month by software developer Patrick McConlogue, 23, ‘Finding The Unjustly Homeless and Teaching Them to Code’ came to him after seeing the homeless man, who goes only by Leo, on his way to work every day.

The original proposal was this: Mr McConlogue offered the homeless man two choices – $100 or a free laptop, wireless hotspot, coding books and daily coding lessons.

Read on for the rest of the story

H/T: Daily Mail

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September 30th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Dairy Queen employee’s honorable actions praised online

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Joey Prusak (photo: Joey Prusak)When a visually impaired customer accidentally dropped a $20 bill at a Hopkins, Minn., Dairy Queen, employee Joey Prusak said he was shocked by what happened next.

“The lady behind him just picked it up and put it in her purse,” he told Yahoo News. “As if no one saw it.”

What Prusak did inspired another customer to write an email to the store manager praising the 19-year-old for his calm and kindness. The email went to Reddit, was picked up by the Daily Mail and quickly turned Prusak into a nominee for the Nice Guy Hall of Fame (if only such a place existed).

Read on for the rest of the story…

H/T: Yahoo News

 

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September 19th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

RAK #194 – Gave a Generous Tip

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RAK #194 – my wife and I went out to dinner, and talked a bit with our young waitress…turns out she was having a horrible day, and also damaged her parents’ car and was stressing out about how to pay for it.  Despite that, she provided excellent service, so we decided to give her a generous tip, hoping that it would make her day brighter.

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July 13th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

RAK #193 – Talked with a Stranger

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RAK #193 – I stopped at the grocery store, and had a really nice conversation with the cashier.  She said that no one really talks to her, and she appreciated me taking to time to do that. Such a simple thing, but we get so busy and focused on our own lives, sometimes we forget to interact with other human beings.

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July 13th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

RAK #192 – Donated my time for Boy Scouts

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RAK #192 – this week, I volunteered to make a Newsletter for a Boy Scout Troop that needed help with organization. Despite being busy, I dedicated a few hours creating and revising the item, and sent it out to the entire group, and they really appreciated it.

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July 13th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

RAK #191 – Listened Intently

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RAK #191 – this was an easy one; I simply listened intently to a family member, was they told me something that was important to them. At first, this may not seem like an ‘act of kindness’, but we often are so distracted by technology that we don’t really focus on the people we talk to…we check our phones, sit in front of the monitor, watch TV…and don’t really listen.

So give it a shot – turn off the TV, set down the phone, get up from the computer…and really listen to someone.

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July 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

RAK #190 – Gave First Aid to a Competitor

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RAK #190 – this was an unusual one…at my softball game, while playing 3rd base, a runner from the opposing team collided with me during the game and proceeded to fall down and injure himself. He was upset, blaming me for the incident, as was his teammates. He limped to his dugout while his team tended to him.  After the inning was over, I went to my car and grabbed my first aid kit, and ran it over to the other team, giving them icepacks and bandages.  They were still upset, and no one said ‘thank you’, but it was still the right thing to do. And that’s all that matters.

And for the record – it wasn’t my fault. The guy was clumsy and tripped over the bag!

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July 9th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

RAK #188 – RAKNote and Candy at Sonic

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RAK #188 – another simple RAKNote and Candy for the guy working the counter at Sonic when we stopped for a snack. He loved it!

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July 8th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

RAK #187 – Picked up Trash

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RAK #187 – Picked up basic trash again during our daily dog walk…much better now that I’m using gloves!

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July 8th, 2013 at 5:05 pm