Tomorrow I plan to deposit chocolate gifts and notes of appreciation in my colleagues’ pigeon holes at work. This poses a big risk in being “discovered” but I’m hoping that those on the receiving end appreciate the anonymity of our kindness campaign if they do figure it out! The people I’ve chosen to be on the receiving end of this RAK are not those I work particularly closely with on a day to day basis. Instead, they are people who are always positive. Their smiles are genuine, their “how are yous” real and far from a formality.
Every single one of them has, at some point, made me think “s/he is a really nice person” and I want to show my appreciation. Work places need people like you!
So, to those on the receiving end, THANK YOU for having a positive impact on my working life.
I often work through lunch but decided that today, while eating my lunch I would look for a Random Act of Kindness I could do online. I stumbled upon the website www.freerice.com, which is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food programme. If you like doing quizzes on all sorts of topics, or if you’re a student who needs to revise something specific you can do so on this website AND give free rice to someone in desperate need of food. For every question you get correct they donate 10 grains of rice and in just a few minutes of quizzing I have earned 1110 grains of rice for someone hungry! I plan on adding to this total whenever I have a few spare minutes or just need a breather from a piece of work.
The blog post is a little late in coming due to LoveJoinMe being busy! This one is for Syria. I’m sure a lot of you struggle to look at the news pictures and not feel moved at the moment. The picture that seemed to change things for a lot of people was the picture of the little boy washed up on the Turkish beach. One of LoveJoinMe has been to that beach, the other has a three year old who looks remarkably similar to the little Aylan Kurdi. The image sat with me for a long time and so we decided to make a donation to Save The Children in the hope that it may help in some small way. Save the Children were running the hashtag #itcouldhavebeenme and, looking at the picture of Aylan from one angle, it certainly could have been my son.
When you lose someone you love you spend time thinking about who they were as a person: thoughtful, kind, selfless perhaps. That’s what she was. Love Join Me continues with that modus operandi: to pass on kindness and love to others. Like the light of a star shines bright for millennia after its death, kindness can persist through the selfless acts that we undertake in memory of her.
Love Join Me is born. The timing is significant, as will be revealed in due course. Perhaps you have found this blog because you have been on the receiving end of one of our Random Acts of Kindness. If so, please tweet us @lovejoinme60 or comment if you see your RAK in a post here. But, most importantly, pass on the kindness (and the hashtag! #lovejoinme #ljm)
Love! Join Me.