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Day 143: RAK WEEK Day 5: Don’t Miss the Opportunity!

My 3 year old son woke me up at 5:15 this morning as he had had a bad dream. He climbed into bed with us and instantly rolled over and went back to sleep. Lucky me – I lay awake in bed wondering what the Random Act of Kindness Challenge was for the day. I couldn’t wait to go see what I would be up to today to make the world a kinder place.

5:30 I was up and ready to plan my day around the RAK of the day.

Day 143: Give 143

The suggested Act of Kindness today was to carpool with a friend or pay for someone’s bus fare. This was an easy act of kindness for our family today as we try to share a car as much as possible. My Mother, son and I carpooled together to workout and run errands today but we do that on a regular basis. I didn’t feel I was going over and beyond the usual for our house. But an opportunity arose that was perfect.

We headed to the Lonsdale Quay today which is our local Market to get inspired for dinner tonight and a women asked me if I would buy her parking ticket from her as she had purchased too much time at the parking lot. I said I was happy to and for $3.00 we parked and went about our shopping. We were only in the market a short time and our parking pass was good for a few more hours. I flagged down a car and told them we were leaving our spot as it was very busy in the lot today. At the same time I gave her the parking pass we had just paid a few dollars for. She asked me if I wanted some money but I declined. I wanted to make her life a little easier and show her some kindness for the day. She was so pleased to get a good parking spot and the added bonus of a free one.

The best part was how good I felt. It just feels good to be kind to another human being whether she could afford the parking or not was not the point, it was just reaching out to another that made it a “feel good” moment.

What did you do today to show kindness to another human being? We would love to hear your story.

Time Commitment: 10 seconds

Cost: 0 I had to buy a parking ticket any way

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