Yesterdays events in Newtown, Connecticut shook me to my core. Suddenly what was going on in my…well I can’t even remember what was going on in my life yesterday. There was no way what I was going through was in any way comparable to what the people and children of Sandy Hook were going through.
I cried, I prayed, I mourned…it was an incredibly emotionally draining day for me.
As when anything happens in my life, I always drop to my knees and ask for God to tell me what I am supposed to get out of what has happened.
I patiently waited for him to speak to me…and he finally did!
One of my dear friends, Rebecca Pfeiffer posted this beautiful message on her Facebook page and it was exactly what I needed to hear:
“If there’s any way we can uphold the lives and memories of these precious angels, l want to find it. I want to start a movement. If you’re having trouble thinking of something you can do to make someone’s life a little brighter, simply google “random acts of kindness” and find the first thing that inspires you… large or small! I just saw someone bought lottery tickets and then placed them on random cars. Whatever it is, pick something! Share this status and then pay it forward. Feel free to leave comments with ideas for others. Ready, GO…”
Ready, GO… and there it was. God wanted me to go out and start random acts of kindness. He spoke to me and said “Akemi, what if random acts of kindness outnumbered random acts of violence?” What if the good really did outweigh the bad? I thought to myself…I could definitely make this happen.
I sat Kira, my 3 and a half year old daughter down and explained to her what we were going to do.
“Every day for the next 16 days until the New Year, we are going to find one person and do something nice for them. Something unexpected out of the kindness of our hearts and make their day!!”
“YAY!” she screamed. “Can we dress up like princesses to do it?!”
So off we went about our day to do some Christmas shopping. I was not sure what random act we would do, but I knew God would point us in the right direction. As we walked by the Starbucks in the mall, Kira pointed to this lovely young girl and said “Mommy, how about her?”
Kira and I paid for her Starbucks coffee and her naked drink. She cried!
Day 1: Random Acts of Kindness Complete
WILL YOU JOIN US?! TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE MORE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS THAN RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE!