Ever heard anyone walk up to a total stranger and say “Nice Rak?” Well, it’s Valentine’s Day. V-Day. The holiest day of the year. You get the idea.
The other day, I was speaking to an old friend and she told me she was super busy, had a lot of things going on, and having a lot of personal issues she was dealing with. And to top if off, an old-timer (10-year-old Boxer) with health issues had just been dropped of at a shelter, and probably was already on “the list.” She rescued him and picked him up from the shelter. She told me she probably shouldn’t have done it because of all that was going on and claimed she had a weak and unclear moment.
However, I explained it to her that she was incorrect. What she called a weak and unclear moment, I called a Random Act of Kindness. Because that is exactly what is was. And I told her so.
I, as well as others, immediately sent her funding to help cover the cost of her Random Act of Kindness. You see, there were two Random Acts of Kindness in just one day. It filled her heart with joy, just as she had filled the heart of everyone pulling for the old-timer to be rescued and survive. It also filled the old-timer, Boxer’s heart with joy. We all know Boxer’s have huge hearts with the capacity to love – no matter what is done to them. Nice RAK old friend!
This morning when I picked up tacos for the office and crew at Brother’s Taco House (by the way, best darn tacos in Houston – you need to try it), I left a hefty tip. The tacos are only a couple of dollars. The tip was larger than the bill. The people there are so hard working, are always super nice, and have great food. They didn’t expect it but totally appreciated it. Nice RAK!
And finally, I arrived at work at 6:00 am, just like I do every day. I was busy working, getting the usual stress, and wondering why I had not won the Power Ball Lotto yet. I mean, I totally deserved to win. While I was concentrating on a sales order, my wife walks in, hands me this card (see above) and drops off goodies for the office. Our office is pretty far away and she rarely drives out. If I had any lingering negative thoughts about possibly being nagged or any other negative thoughts, they vanished right away. Like they had never existed. Just from a simple Random Act of Kindness. Nice RAK!
Here’s the thing. You knew I was going to tie it all up in a neat little Valentine’s box with a bow on it for you. Random Acts of Kindness are contagious, and soul repairing. Don’t look at them as just something you thought you were supposed to do. Don’t look at them as a weak and unclear moment. Don’t look at them as something you do to get something in return. Random Acts of Kindness are the most selfless thing you can do. And it is just so darn easy to do.
So, be nice to that Starbucks barista when they mess up your order, move a little too slow, misspell your name on your cup, or tell you to remember to hug your trees. (What kind of word is barista, anyway?) Or how about you help someone in need, who can’t (or won’t) help themselves. Or leave a nice tip for the waitstaff having a bad day. Pay it forward. It will circle its way back around to you. And it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That will be your payment and recognition.
So, when you notice it, you should always point out when you see someone performing a Random Act of Kindness. I always do. I always say, “Nice Rak!” when I see a Random Act of Kindness. Unless it’s to a hottie and I’m worried about a possible misinterpretation. But you know what, “Nice Rak!” I don’t mind pointing it out and saying it when I see it. How about you?