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

The RAKproject – the First Four Weeks

So here I sit, nearly four weeks into this crazy idea. And so far…not too bad.

Admittedly, some of the Acts of Kindness have been more convenient (putting gas in the wife’s car) or lazy (buying lunches for strangers in the drive thru) than truly altruistic efforts.  And in that, I have realized there is one prevailing aspect of the RAKproject.

It’s hard.

Not “hard” as in complicated, but “hard” as in difficult.  At times, even a burden.  As my friend Peter noted in his fantastic entry, doing a RAK every day can certainly take a toll, and he found some excellent solutions to help alleviate some of that pressure.  But at times, I also have seen this as a chore to check off the list, and have found myself even skipping a day or two of RAKs.

But that’s ok.

The point of the RAKproject for me personally is to make it an effort.  Force me to get out of my comfort zone.  Give me something to work at. But mostly, to keep me accountable for my own feelings and actions toward others.  In doing this RAK project, I have a personal responsibility to go above-and-beyond daily to think about the people around me.  Thoughts of kindness and forgiveness for strangers may be easy in a simple moment, but I have discovered it to be so very hard other times.  When I am stressed, tired, irritable, not feeling well…these are the times that I have allowed the little things to get under my skin.  The car that cuts me off, the rude actions from a coworker, judging others based on ignorant observations.  But – I have noticed these times becoming more infrequent.  In participating in this RAKproject, I have been able to counter some of that negativity by doing something nice for someone else.  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.

Over the past few weeks, I have also realized the need for improved planning.  I have already made the basic RAKnotes that I keep in my jacket, my car, my work bag, with my ipad, so I can hand them out when the opportunity arises to perform an Act of Kindness.  But I need to take the proper time for some of the great ideas HERE and HERE that take just a small amount of effort. That’s one of my goals for the next month.

You may ask, “why the notes?  Isn’t that a little self-serving?” and your right, at least partially. The notes do list this website, but the goal isn’t just for website traffic. My hopes are that someone may visit the site after receiving a note, see the purpose and ideas here, and create Acts of Kindness of their own and pay it forward to others, thereby spreading the love everywhere. Despite my usual self-promoting narcissism you are accustomed to, the ultimate goal for the RAKproject is not to get attention, accolades, or other self-serving and superficial satisfaction – the goal is to get each and every one of you to participate, to think about others, and see how we can make a positive impact on our world. Together.

Who is with me?

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January 27th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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