Day 1: My first act of kindness in 2016 was writing thank you notes for our fabulous doormen. These gentlemen do much more than just guard our home and receive our packages. They meet us every morning and every evening with big smiles and warm greetings, making us feel like part of a community.
Greg never fails to ask me how my day was, expressing genuine concern in how I am. Vladimir teases us for our love of Amazon. Frank sends me out into the world on the right foot each morning with a hot cup of coffee. These men have made our apartment home, for which I am deeply grateful.
Day 2: I found myself in Grand Central Station this morning en route to visit some friends in Connecticut. While waiting to buy my ticket I overheard a man asking people to help him buy his next meal. Realizing that the spare dollar I had in my wallet would mean much more to him than me, I gave him it in the hopes that it helps him buy some food.
As I sat on my train a woman and her son came down the aisle, clearly in distress. The mother explained that they were a bit short on train fare and asked the other passengers for help.
It instantly brought me back to a time my mom and I hopped on a departing train without tickets, only to find out once we sat down that we didn’t have enough cash on us to pay for the marked up onboard fare. We were lucky enough to be surrounded by generous people who helped up make up the difference.
I stood up alongside a few other kind passengers to help the mother buy their tickets. I hope one day they return the favor to an unlucky family who miscalculated how much money they had for their tickets.
Oh, January 1st. The one day we all reflect on the past year (often
wallowing in our failures) and make bold proclamations to change everything in the coming year (often lofty and extreme resolutions but with good intentions.) After all, who amongst us doesn’t hope to be better in the new year, however “better” is defined?
It is my general opinion that resolutions can, and should, be made through the year. They don’t need to be bound by a calendar. Self-improvement is important, as is the self-reflection that urges people to improve. Nevertheless, upon reflection of my year I’ve hopped on the bandwagon, deciding to make a bold, potentially lofty resolution in hopes of being better in 2016.
I’ve resolved to commit an act of kindness every day for one year. 365 days of kindness big or small, planned or unplanned, elaborate or simple.
While I believe I am a kind person, I think I could make a more concerted effort to spread kindness. Sometimes I find myself completely caught up in the stresses of my life, carried away by the impatient pace of the city. It’s those times when I’m disappointed by my lack of compassion toward others and the ease of which I overlook those in need.
My goal this year is to be kind to at least one person each day, with the hope that the acts of kindness spark a chain reaction that is carried out by others. I hope to make people smile, brighten people’s days, send good vibes into the world, and make myself focus on others rather than on myself.
Since it is a pretty unanimous feeling that New Year’s resolutions are difficult to keep for a full year I’ve decided to blog about my efforts to keep myself honest. I’ll be posting about my resolution on social media with #Kind365 for anyone who wants to follow along.
Wish me luck!