R.A.C.K. Revisited

RACK banner[11]Late last December I posted a message about R.A.C.K., a plan to practice random acts of Christmas kindness. Unfortunately, it was only a couple of days before Christmas with little time remaining to put the plan into action so here it is again.

In middle school, your writing teacher assigned a project on random acts of kindness, an idea that started in a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982 when Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat. From this simple start, bumper stickers spread the idea and a book was published filled with stories of random acts of kindness, which started a kind of chain reaction. You were asked to find an example of someone who participated in performing these acts of kindness not only as a writing assignment, but to encourage you to think about how you could be a part of this movement.

Without even thinking about it, you frequently do little things that add beauty to the lives of others. You may bring in the grocery cart for a fellow shopper, compliment someone, reach an item on a shelf, or hold the door…all simple acts, but acts that brighten the days of others. However, by thinking about acts of kindness and acting intentionally, we can bring smiles to the faces of those we meet.

So what’s R.A.C.K.? Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Recently, I’ve come across several websites with ideas to make the Christmas season a time to make these acts, not just random, but planned to spread good cheer. In fact, you may want to search random acts of Christmas kindness on Pinterest. The ideas are boundless.

Perhaps you can think of a couple of ways you can make an impact during the next month that focus on Christmas kindness. I’m making plans. This is a good tradition to add to the Christmas season. And who knows, once you get thinking and doing, you may decide to make intentional acts a kindness a year round project.