Earlier this week, I was driving through a vintage neighborhood. The narrow streets are windey and curvey and there are a couple of dangerous intersections. At one of them, there was a stopped car and traffic was building up behind it. As I was driving through, I saw that a lady had gotten out of her car and was trying to pick up a dog. I slowed down and asked her if she needed any help. (I couldn't tell if the dog was hurt or had been hurt.) She replied that the dog looked really thin and she wanted to notify its owners. The dog had a tag on so she was going to be able to get a number off of it.
As I continued driving so that the cars behind me could go too, I thought of how nice that lady was...to stop her car and to help a stray dog in bitterly cold, snowy Michigan. A random act of kindness.
In stamping, we have random acts of kindess...better known as RAKS. Stampers send cards to other stampers. You might find the occasional stamped image slipped inside, a few primas or ribbon. Don't you get so excited over these little things.
But RAKs are so much more than cards. I have benefitted greatly from small acts of love and service. Once someone, who I didn't even like, took my hand and held it during an uncomfortable situation. I was overwhelmed by his thoughtful gesture. A stranger has held the door open for me and my 3 young kids while we are trying to go in and out of stores and not get separated. Recenly a friend of mine came over just to tell me that she cared for me and worried about me. I have a couple of stamper friends who send me fun stamping treats in the mail. All these things have brightened my day. I have a friend(aka M*)who is so kind and gives so much service to so many people that I decided she gives RAKS...as in REGULAR Acts of Kindness! Earlier this week Imastampin posted on the Splitcoast website that it is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Imagine that...a whole week where people look to perform RAKs.
I have been wanting to offer some blog candy on my blog. If you want to get a chance to win some, here is your chance! During the next week, DO some Random Act of Kindess for someone you know...or even someone you don't. Look for opportunities to serve someone else. Then leave me a post about what you did. I'd love to hear about it. I'll draw a name on Sunday Febrary 25! (I'll post the prize when I think it up in the next day or two.)
RAKs should happen all year round...and be something more than a card!