by: Alicia M. Blanco
I just wanted to WAVE hello to you! Bienvenidos to my brand new blog! This is my very first blog ever for The Wave and I couldn’t possibly be more nervous and scared and excited and encouraged and and and…
Soooo many emotions that I’m hoping I’ll be able to clearly articulate to you on something very near and dear to my heart.
So I know you’ve heard of the concept behind random acts of kindness right? It’s when you do something super kind and sweet out of the blue for someone- maybe someone you know and even for someone you don’t. There are so many websites and blogs promoting random acts of kindness, and those have always been my absolute FAVORITE to read. So I decided I want to start a huge WAVE of them.
Waves are powerful moving forces. When you think of a wave you may think of waving hello or goodbye, or the waves in the ocean, or doing “the wave” in an arena at a basketball game or football games. And it only takes ONE person to start it. It may start off small, but then it builds and grows magnificently. By definition, “wave” also means “any surging or progressing movement”…”a widespread feeling, opinion, tendency”… and “a mass movement.” And that’s exactly what I hope to accomplish here- a MASS movement in the way we treat others. By doing our part to put forth MORE effort in increasing the kindness we put out into the world, I believe we’ll come closer and closer to conquering depression, having breakthroughs in mental illness that science can’t and ultimately healing addiction.
You never know when your small and random act can completely change the direction of someone’s day. Ideally, the recipient of your random act of kindness will feel compelled to pay it foward. It’s quite contagious. Eventually your good deeds will land in the life of someone having a really bad day, or a bad week, or horrible year. Just think about that for a moment. Your spontaneous and “small” act of kindness easily can cause a huge wave of more and more people being kind and pouring love onto perfect strangers who could be suffering silently, feeling alone, unheard, unseen, and unloved.
All it takes is one act of kindness today. You can do anything!
– Buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru at Starbucks. That’ll make their day!
– Leave behind a noticeably larger tip than usual at a restaurant for that young college kid.
– Anonymously leave a bouquet of flowers with a note that says “have a great day” on someone’s doorstep. Doesn’t have to be someone you know.
– Put gas in someone’s car.
-Pick up the tab for the kid behind you in the check out line at the grocery store.
– Extend a helping hand for the older woman loading her groceries into her car in the parking lot.
– Call a grandparent. That’ll make their day.
– Buy lunch and a haircut for the homeless guy on the street corner AND have an actual conversation with him.
For your viewing pleasure, check out 50 Unbelieveable Acts of Kindness That Remind Us There’s Still Good People In This World.
Imagine each and every recipient of these acts passing it on to a stranger. Eventually it will land on someone in DIRE need! And THOSE are the types of people that inspire me to do this…
You never really know what someone else is going through. There are too many silent sufferers in the world and it’s our duty to help them out.
So get creative! This should be FUN.
Let’s start a HUGE wave.
Ready, set, go!