Do you keep track of your so-called “random acts of kindness”?
Personally, I don’t. That’s why when the Daily Post asks us to talk about a random act of kindness, I’m given pause; surely I have, but I cannot remember even one of them, for the life of me. I could blame it on the cursed narcolepsy, which does play hell on my memory – I’m pretty sure it prevents long-term memory formation during certain times of the day during which I would be more likely to fall asleep unintentionally, even if I am otherwise fully functional at the moment – it’s not a blackout as such, but more of a grey area, where details are washed out and days later I may remember very little more than “this is where I was.” Something might trigger better recall, but spontaneously it’s as though I lack some retrieval mechanism.
So what was I saying? Oh right – random acts of kindness (RAK). I’ve left coupons on store shelves and held doors for strangers, but those are courtesies. My life is full of those, and so I think I know how to be courteous; but can I be intentionally, randomly kind? Or failing that, kindly random? Perhaps in 2014 I should move on and attempt to incorporate more RAK into my life. Be careful of such intentions, though, for intent can ruin the random nature of RAK, and then it just doesn’t count!
I suppose I could look for opportunities. The more spontaneous the act, the more random one could call it, and I should definitely do it in the spirit of kindness, rather than for the sake of RAK-ing up points for the next time this prompt comes up.
You never know – it could be next week.
This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.
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