My friend has taken this concept and
started an organization called HelpOthers.org. The entire premise of Help
Others is to take a smile card, which they offer for free, and pass it on with
an anonymous random act of kindness. Once you’re “tagged,” you then are
instructed on the card to pay it forward.
The true essence of a random act of
kindness creates ripple affect and these smile cards serve as a tangible
reminder to encourage others to keep the ripple going. This simple act is a way
that you can experience being in service and since it is anonymous you take out
the “I” from the equation.
Experiment with it and see what you come up with. At
first you might find it hard to not be recognized for your good deeds but over
time you will actually feel the thrill from just knowing that you are being of
service to another and filling a need.
I have experienced the exuberance
generated by selfless giving to others; however, I must admit I started to
become a little smile card obsessed. After I realized this, I began to
recognize the most powerful acts of kindness do not have to involve any
material item. The act of giving words, gestures and service can be life
altering. I started to think about this concept further; I wanted to know
what else I could give to others without only giving “stuff.”
As these thoughts
were moving through my head, I entered the produce area of my local grocery
store. Keep in mind, I had been at the beach all day and I am not sure if I had
showered for at least two days.
Then, I suddenly heard a man say from behind, “It is 5:20 PM and I do not know if anyone has told you today but you are
I turned to him with a huge smile, grabbed his arm and
stared into his eyes, letting out with a big gasp.
“Thank you! Thank you!”
received these words, I knew that he had answered my question- I must share my
words with others.
As a result, now I leave books on
door steps or on a park bench with a love note or some words of encouragement
in them. I have the intent that whatever I am writing is meant for whoever will
find it. Your random acts of kindness can be anything that resonates with you.
How can you show someone today that kindness does matter?