Last Christmas season I decided that where ever I went I was going to try to be extra kind. I would let people go in line in front of me. I would buy the person behind me in the Starbuck’s line a cup of coffee, I would help strangers in tough situations. I thought that would make everything seem merry and bright. Actually, what I found was more nasty acting people than I’d ever discovered before. People walk around really grumpy at Christmastime. Everyone is in a hurry and broke.
So I had an idea.
I’m going to do a little experiment and I have a hypothesis, as all good experimenters do. I hypothesize that I will be more affected by my experiment than anyone I meet.
For 30 days, all of December, I am going to go out of my way to do something nice for a stranger. I’m calling it my 30 days of kindness. I’m a little concerned about the 25th, so that is why I didn’t say 31 days. I might have to take that day off because I doubt I see any strangers. I’ll be doing lots of kind things for my not strangers. (Here’s a side note about “strangers.” For the purpose of this project strangers are any one I don’t know. I tell my kids that “strangers” do strange things. So not EVERYONE is a stranger and I don’t subscribe to the “stranger danger” mentality. I’ll write about that one of these days.)
Every day, I’ll come home and blog about my experience. I’ll take pictures if I can. We’ll see if people are nice back, if being good brings goodness in some round about way. Or, if I meet tons of grumpy people that have no interest in having someone be kind to them. I’m super worried about this personal challenge I’m giving myself because actually, I don’t go out a whole lot. I don’t have a car every day or a reason to leave. So, this is truly going to be a stretch. Also, what am I going to do? Go to target everyday? People there are the same caught up in themselves and their own version of Merry Christmas or “Happy Holidays” that I experienced last year. So, I might not get any different results.
Wait…new idea…I’ll make this a little more interesting. How about YOU suggest where I should go and what I should attempt to do (safely and in Wichita.) I’ll try some of your ideas along with my own. Comment here on the blog so everyone can see.
Let’s get this party started.