Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day 253: Free Ride

Tonight I am headed to a Halloween party and although I am not going to be the designated driver for my act of kindness tonight, I am going to go a decent ways out of my way to pick up a couple friends on the way to the party.  That way they won't need to worry about where their car is and how to get home.  I consider that kindness!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day 252: Fire Drill!

My job consists of selling school uniforms.  While I was in a school this afternoon giving a presentation to a principal the fire alarm started going off.  Because of this, we all had to go outside in the 35 degree weather, and of course I didn't bring a jacket with me.  At first it wasn't so bad, but after about 20 minutes I started to get pretty cold.  I decided that I was going to go sit in my rental car across the parking lot.  I figured I wasn't the only one who was cold so I decided to ask the people around me if they wanted to come sit in my car. They all said yes and we went and sat in my car....and it was a good thing because it was another 20 minutes or so before we were cleared to go back in the building.  So today for my act of kindness, I invited strangers in my car to warm up from the cold!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Day 251: Helped Change A Tire

I don't know too much about fixing cars, but I have had a decent amount of experience when it comes to either jumping a car, or changing a tire.  This came in handy when I was on my way back to the hotel today.  When I was on my way out to my car I noticed a guy standing by his car looking somewhat lost. I also noticed his car had a flat tire.  I asked him if he could use any help.  The guy started off by saying that he was a little embarrassed, but he needed help changing his tire.  He had never done it before and didn't even know how to use the jack. I was happy to help....and since it was one of the two things I can help with when it comes to cars, I was actually able to help.  So today, for my act of kindness, I helped a guy change his tire.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Day 250: Breast Cancer Awareness

As most of you probably know, October is breast cancer awareness month. If you didn't know this, no offense, but you probably live under a rock. From football players wearing pink, to pink ribbons on my eggs, (picture above)awareness for breast cancer has never been higher. This is a great thing because it has affected so many lives and the sooner it is out of this World, the better. My company is doing a little fundraiser with all the proceeds going to the Susan G Komen for a Cure, so for my act of kindness I donated to support the cause.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day 249: Bullies Suck

This actually happened late last night, but I wanted to write about it today anyways. While I was walking to dinner last night something pretty frustrating happened. There was a guy walking probably 30 feet ahead of me who was a pretty big guy weight wise. Unfortunately for him there was a group of about five kids probably around the ages of 10 on the sidewalk. When the guy walked by them, I heard one of the kids say to him, "wow you are a fat ass," and all the other kids started laughing and pointing at him. The guy, to his credit, just laughed it off and walked away. I however felt terrible for the guy. As soon as I got up to the kids I told them they were really rude and they shouldn't treat strangers like that. They then continued to call me some names. I wasn't about to get in a back and forth with these kids, but I did feel like I needed to stand up for that guy. He actually looked back when he heard me talking to the kids and gave me a nod. I truly doubt I was able to get through to any of the kids that what they were doing was wrong, but the fact that the stranger knew someone stood up for him was more than enough for me. So today, for my act of kindness, I spoke up when I saw someone being bullied. I encourage everyone on here to do the same thing if you see it. This World doesn't need bullies.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day 248: Left Overs

I have been known to eat an excessive amount of food. Just last week I challeneged my friends to try and find a frozen pizza that I couldn't take down in one sitting. My guess is they are going to have a pretty tough time finding one. Tonight, however, at dinner I just wasn't that hungry so I ended up having almost half my meal to take back to the hotel for left overs. As I was walking back to the hotel I saw a homeless guy on the corner holding a sign saying homeless and hungry. I figured the left overs I was holding would be much more appreciated in his hands compared to being forgotten in the fridge the next day so today for my act of kindness, I gave my food to a homeless man on the street.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Day 247: A Nice Pen

One of the toughest things about this year of random acts of kindness has been trying to keep coming up with unique and different acts. Fortunately I have had a lot of people reach out to me with some acts. Today, I was able to complete one of those ideas. I went out to a sit down restaurant today and when my bill came the waitress forgot to leave a pen behind for me to sign the bill. This made me think of an idea that one of my readers emailed me about a few months ago. She mentioned that waitresses are always in the need of a good pen. Fortunately, I brought my work in with me for lunch today and I had a few nice pens to choose from. So today for my act of kindness, I left my favorite pen behind with a little note. Also, if anyone reading this has some ideas or a cause that I could help out with, please let me know. Thanks in advance!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Day 246: Travel Time Again

I am back to that time of year where I need to travel from time to time. Althougb I am not too excited to leave the family, there is one positve about it....there are a lot more opportunities to help people. I have had a difficult time recently trying to find kind acts because I have been stuck in such a routine...being on the road opens up a lot of opportunities for kindness. It didn't take long this morning to run into my first opportunity. Going through security in the airport can be a stressful thing. Since I travel a decent amoount, I have figured out the system. Unfortunatley, not everyone has figured it out. I was behind an enderly gentleman today and it was clear to me he was very confused on what to do. So, instead of standing there impatiently, I decided to assist him, So today for my act of kindness, I helped a stranger get through security.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day 245: World Hunger

Would I like to donate to help end World Hunger?  Well of course! Very simple act today....I went to lunch with my dad today and the lady at the drive thru asked me that simple question, and my answer was yes. So today for my act of kindness, I donated to the World Hunger initiative.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Day 244: New Faucet

I am definitely not the most handy of people, however having owned a house for the last four years, I have had a lot of opportunities for improvement in my handiness.  Today, I wanted to surprise my wife by installing a new kitchen faucet before she got home from work.  Well things did not go as planned and the installation ended up spanning over four hours.  Things are very cramped underneath sinks I have come to realize.  It makes it pretty difficult to take out faucets if you don't have the right tools. Needless to say I was not able to surprise my wife with the faucet installed.  However it is up and running now (just need to go to pick up two plugs tomorrow to cover the holes) and sometimes it is the thought that counts right?!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 243: Vacation for Mom

My mom is one of the busiest people I have ever known.  It always amazes me how much she takes on and how well she manages everything.  With my dad being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, as you can imagine, this has added that much more responsibility to my mom's life. Well this week, my mom is taking a well deserved break.  She coordinated with some friends and is spending the week on vacation in Door County.  Obviously with her being gone, someone needs to watch my dad. So he will be staying at our house for this week.  In my opinion it is a win/win because my mom gets to spend sometime for herself and I get to spend some quality time with my dad.  However I am still going to use this as my act of kindness.  :)