TO CELEBRATE RAK WEEK 2018, we invite you to tell us about that one person who inspires you to be a better human being!
Was it a teacher who saw something in you when no one else did?
Is it a neighbor who mowed your lawn when you were sick?
What about a family member who always encouraged you to do your best?
Maybe it was your friend who comforted you during a difficult time in your life?
We all have someone who has gone above and beyond to show us kindness; someone who shifts our perspective, helps us through painful moments or inspires us to be kinder in our daily lives.
Snap a photo of that ‘one’ person and share their story with us (and the world).
Click here to share your person: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rak-week
Inspired by this RAK prompt, I thought I’d mention a few acts of kindness that I experienced recently, which are fresh in my mind and on my heart:
1. My friend Marko. Before I left to spend three weeks on retreat at Deer Park Monastery in January, I emailed a few friends with the address of Deer Park, in case they wanted to write to me while I was there. I received a hand-crafted card from Marko and it was just the best surprise/treasure ever.
2. A retreatant at Deer Park. One day when I was at Deer Park just recently, a small, weather-hardy band of us did outdoor walking meditation in the rain, led by a couple of the monks. A man staying there for the week – visiting from Australia I think it was – insisted on giving me his umbrella to walk with, even though I assured him I was okay without it. (I wish I remembered his name!)
3. My friend Jeff. My good friend Jeff and I share a love of motorcycles. We both have one. Recently, he offered to care for my motorcycle battery over the winter and trickle-charge it once a month until springtime rolled around, when I would look to fire it back up. He does this with his own motorcycle battery and thought my bike would benefit from this service as well. So, my battery is kickin it over at his place with his battery. Winter battery buds :)
4. My friend Rhonda. In an act of lovely surprise, my good friend Rhonda saw fit to make and bring us dinner the first evening that Mike and I and my stepdad returned home from Deer Park. She knew I had an empty fridge and four of us to feed (with my stepson Jaden included). It was a great treat to be so lovingly cared for as we were settling back in from the monastery.
5. My friend Melissae. In December, after 2-3 months of personal fittings and hand-tailoring, my friend Melissae gifted me with a beautiful pair of hand-knitted socks, made specially for my very own feet. I got to choose the yarn and everything! Every time I wear them I am filled with gladness and gratitude for her generosity, skill, and care. They are the best gift I’ve gotten in a very long time.
6. An outpouring of support! Coming up on March 9th, I’m having a CD release party and solo spoken word performance here in town. I’ve had a lot of self-doubt and nervousness around it: Am I doing the right thing? What am I doing? Who am I to put out an album?! Ya know, that sorta thing. But I’ve had amazing support from so many folks that it makes this whole scary endeavor super worth it. From my two Nathans, as I like to call them: Nathan Zavalney my sound engineer, who was so supportive, encouraging, and knowledgeable and my good friend Nathan Stephens – one of the first people I met when I moved to Missoula back in 1998 – who did my CD jacket layout and design and put together an event website for my gig (you can check it out here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/hC5Y8cQ32xv1e/ ), to the friends who’ve agreed to help me on the evening of the release and performance with a variety of different tasks, to the people who’ve typed comments of love & support on Facebook. I feel so nourished by all of the support I’ve received and am still receiving.
I imagine that you, dear reader, are in the same boat as I am in being hard-pressed to whittle it down to just ONE person that you’d submit to the RAK website, for this year’s focused RAK Week campaign – that’s why I chose to post here instead :)
I encourage you to do the same. Come up with a short list of folks who are fresh in your mind that you’ve received an act of kindness from lately – and share it with not only those people but on social media and public platforms too!
We all know that we don’t need a special week to practice kindness but I think it’s nice to have a focused energy around it, too. So, get your kindness on and spread the love!