Random Acts of Kindness are a thing. There are groups, websites, and people who rally others to get out and focus on acts of kindness and the creation of goodness and service on purpose. It’s a life story tool for creating good things in your story. I am one of those who has served as a herald to help rally others into the RAK movement. I created groups and get-togethers for people who want to use this life story tool for bringing some good into the world. During two of these meet-ups, I interviewed the people involved so we could get a real BOOTS ON THE GROUND retelling of what it was like. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration from their stories. The cover photo is a group in Ohio that I was a part of. We made a sign saying we were giving away free hugs and we stood in a shopping center for an hour. The guy in the middle is one of the people we hugged, a man who wanted a picture with us to remember others reaching out to him. Tune in to today’s podcast for interviews with those who were in the RAK groups. It may be a little surprising because it turns out that doing Random Acts of Kindness is an inside job. See first hand the resistance we encountered.
I remember the first time I heard about RAK as a thing. It was in the 80’s and someone had gone around putting quarters in parking meters so folks wouldn’t get parking tickets. “What a great idea,” I thought. “So simple, so fun, and it has a really big WOW factor.” I’d never heard of any such thing. It was an ah-ha moment. I’ve grown to really like RAK’s because it’s become a bit of a game where the results are unknown. I pay for the guy behind me in the drive-thru – I have no idea how it will affect him. But I can bet, at the very least, he’s going to feel a little warm and fuzzy, and that’s going to translate into better thoughts and actions on his part.