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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

Random Acts of Kindness caught on film

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I stumbled across this article today on ChicagoNow.com…definitely worth a viewing!

Yes, our government is shutdown, Healthcare.gov is a mess, the economy is being held hostage, and debt ceiling deadline is fast approaching. Things are headed in a sad direction, but still there people out there who do these little random acts of kindness. These fellow humans being the best of us.

But you know what? Life is short. We are here, we struggle against all odds in a universe that is completely ambivalent to our existence. It has little concern for our fate, whether that fate is amazingly satisfying or sad.

We tumble through this world in a vague attempt to do something from time to time that brings happiness.

But sometimes we forget in all the chaos that we are here together. We struggle together. We are not a single candle lit in the darkness. We are many candles- millions of candles- billions of candles. We exist in this life alongside other human beings and there are times that we should see nothing in another human being but the need to be helped.

I found this video during one of forays into the internet and it brought a smile to my face. It gave me a short moment of introspection. It is only a passing moment, but embrace it.

Watch as what the best of humanity do when the average of humanity fails to.

Also, the music is nice too and can be downloaded here and the check out the Facebook page for Carlos Sanz Music here. They have more music like that one!

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October 14th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Parents’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Act of Kindness in Honor of Daughter Goes Viral

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Parents' pumpkin spice latte act of kindness goes viral

(ABCNews)– A Pennsylvania’s family pumpkin spice latte act of kindness in honor of their daughter’s death has turned into a viral chain of good deeds and raising awareness for epilepsy.

On Sept. 3, Alyssa O’Neill, 18, texted her mom to ask if they could go to Starbucks the next morning before school so that she could try her first pumpkin spice latte. Her mom “agreed wholeheartedly.”

“Unfortunately, my daughter passed away early [the next] morning and we never got a chance to do that for her,” Alyssa’s dad, Jason O’Neill, told ABCNews.com. Alyssa died of an epileptic seizure.

“After the viewing and the funeral, we spent a few days being extremely sad and hiding from everybody, but we realized that wasn’t really helping,” he said.

So the family, which includes Alyssa’s two younger sisters and brother, headed to an Erie, Penn., Starbucks to fulfill her last wish.

“She really wanted a pumpkin spice latte,” her dad remembered thinking. “I know we can’t get her one, but we’ll each get one and then we’ll pay it forward and let some other people enjoy what Alyssa didn’t get a chance to have. And maybe they’ll spread the kindness and do a nice thing in honor of our daughter.”

Read on for the rest of the story…

H/T: WHAS11.com

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October 1st, 2013 at 2:24 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

Random acts of kindness elicit smiles in Connecticut

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Motorists driving through Wilton Center this morning were surprised with a gift of a long-stemmed yellow rose from police officers. The officers were continuing a 10-year-old tradition of performing random acts of kindness on this day. It is a joint venture of the Wilton Police Department and Wilton Chamber of Commerce.

This tradition began shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 as a way of lifting the spirits of Wilton residents and those passing by. This special day, sponsored by Stewart Flowers & Gifts, happens each year with the hope that this gesture will brighten the day of the recipient and encourage them to “pass it on,” a press release from the chamber said.

“This is one of our favorite events of the year, as people are not expecting to receive a beautiful rose on their way to work or while running errands,” said chamber President Peg Koellmer. “The surprise and smiles it puts on everyone’s face is fun to see, and hopefully will result in many acts of kindness throughout the day.

Read on for the rest of the story…

H/T: Wilton Bulletin

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September 28th, 2013 at 1:30 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

Subway Restaurant Customer’s Random Act Of Kindness Proves Not All New Yorkers Are Grumpy

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New Yorkers, perhaps unfairly, have a reputation for being unfriendly.

But one NYC resident decidedly crushed that stereotype at a Subway restaurant in California.

“Had a complete stranger buy me breakfast and give me a dozen cookies to take back to work with me to share among my co-workers,” wrote Redditor artlove89 on Tuesday. “All he said was, ‘Don’t let people tell you that us New Yorkers are all bad.’

H/T: Huffington Post

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July 17th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

55 Generous Drive-Thru Customers ‘Pay It Forward’ At Donut Shop In Massachusetts

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A donut shop in Amesbury, Mass., witnessed an incredible string of customers “paying it forward” — and forward, and forward, and forward.

A total of 55 customers came through Heav’nly Donuts’ drive-thru on Saturday offering to pay the bill of the person behind them, CBS Boston affiliate WBZ reported.

The chain of generosity began after a stranger paid for Eileen Taylor’s drink on Friday. When she went back the next day committed to do the same for someone else, she started a trend.

“After that it was like, oh we’re three cars deep, four cars deep, and after about the 15th car I started letting the customers know, ‘Hey, we’re 17 cars in, you can either keep it going or you can take your coffee and go. Either way it’s your choice,’” a Heav’nly Donuts clerk told the station.

Wendy Clement, the shop’s manager, told the Christian Post that the chain eventually ended an hour and a half later -– but only because no one else was in line.

“It was fantastic,” Clement added. “The generosity was unbelievable.”

H/T msnNOW

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July 17th, 2013 at 10:19 am

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