A while ago I said that I was going to perform a random act of kindness every day for a year. I failed miserably! So, with it being Random Acts of Kindness Day yesterday, I’ve renewed my vow and I’m taking inspiration from the people below whose recent acts, both large and small, have demonstrated touching kindness.
A free cup of coffee
Kind-hearted father-of-three Dickon Johnstone from Aylesbury stunned shoppers by sitting outside a coffee shop and giving out cash.
He filmed himself with a cardboard placard declaring that he has ‘a job, a home, a car, and good health’, adding: ‘Would YOU like a couple of pounds for a coffee’?
Give someone a hug
Giving someone a hug can make a big difference to a person in need of support and comfort.
This picture of Pope Francis taking time to embrace a man with tumours all over his body were broadcast around the world.
The man suffers from a rare condition called neurofibromatosis that has left him covered in neuronal tumours, including growths on his face.
The pontiff stopped to hug, kiss and bless him in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
These people went out onto the street armed with signs, offering free hugs to passers by!
We will remember them
The 99-year-old, who was the one of the last remaining members of the WWII’s Dambusters team, died a single man with no friends or family.
Funeral director Eddie Jacobs tried to boost the congregation by placing a death notice in a local paper, asking for anyone with armed service connections to try and spare the time to turn up at the funeral.
Spurred on by social networking, retired and serving personnel gathered in their hundreds to salute as Harold’s coffin passed them by.
You are beautiful
Written on a whiteboard near the entrance, it read: “You… yes you. The one reading this. You are beautiful, kind, sweet, amazing and simply the best at being you. Never forget that.”
Leave a legacy
I work for a charity (Practical Action) and I am constantly amazed by the generosity of people who raise money so we can help some of the poorest people in the world improve their lives.
But we were blown away recently by a legacy that someone left us of £1.2 million! I thought my colleague was going to faint when we received the letter out of the blue!
Although I don’t have that much money to give away, I am committing to being generous in lots of other ways. Today, I have booked an appointment to donate blood. I’ll let you know how that goes.
What random act of kindness have you performed? Let me know in the comments.