Day 4

Random acts of Kindness… such an amazingly, impactful thing. This weekend I was on the receiving end of this and I can’t stop thinking about it. How it made me smile. How it immediately changed my mood. How it made me want to pass it on.

Typically, I am not one to engage strangers. I don’t like to meet their eyes in the store or get involved in any form of small talk. It is actually painful for me. This weekend I happened to look up as an older woman approached me. No chatting, no pretense, just a few very kind words. That was all it took.

It made me smile and I thanked her and walked away (a little embarrassed because I do not know how to accept compliments graciously).

Now I need to pay it forward.

8 thoughts on “Day 4

  1. I love this Mirielle, and I love your honesty about how it is difficult for you to accept compliments graciously. I think that rings true for many of us. Can’t wait to hear how you pay it forward:)

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  2. Your talk of Random Acts of Kindness reminds me of a favorite quote. “In this life, we cannot do great things; we can only do small things with great acts of love.” Mother Teresa . When I was a child, I thought I needed to change the world by being a great leader, sacrificing a lot for a cause. But now, as a middle aged woman, my view has shifted. My goal is to make a positive difference in people’s lives by doing small things with great acts of love every day. As teachers, I think all of us have many opportunities to do this and that most of us follow through.

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  3. This line: “How it made me smile. How it immediately changed my mood. How it made me want to pass it on.” In that line, you capture how much of a difference one can make for another person through a seemingly small act. This is a beautiful reminder for all of us. Thank you!

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  4. I love this! I have been on the receiving end of RAKs in the past… Starbuck¬īs is always good, but I have to say my favorite was when I had a particularly difficult class of students. About once a month or so, someone at school would leave something in my mailbox for me – a little gift. A tin of Altoids, a fun pen, stickers, chocolate. I had no idea all year who was doing this for me. Their timing though, was always perfect! Just when things were really bad, something would show up in my box. It made me smile – and sometimes cry! Anyway, I found out at the end of the year who it was, and of course thanked her profusely! I paid it forward to another teacher who had many of those same difficult students – all year I left little things in her mailbox, and revealed myself at the end. It really does make you feel great!

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