A year ago I blogged (9-11) about meeting up with an old friend who lost her husband in the 9-1-1 tragedy. To recap our brief conversation, she mentioned how her dream was to get everyone to acknowledge the ‘day’ by doing a random act of kindness. She envisioned it as a global way to honour the victims by doing one small thing to better our world. I loved the idea. And I didn’t wait for a proclamation to act upon it.
After sharing the idea with my friend Carol Ann we decided to do something we refer to as ‘giving a garden casserole’ (it’s appropriate since neither of us cook). We then visited Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hamilton armed with our tools and energized to beautify as many ‘forgotten’ gravesights as we could. By the end of our stay we had tended to over thirty such overgrown and neglected areas … and there wasn’t one complaint.
The beauty was not just in the results of our labour but also that we were able to toil undisturbed and execute our random act with little organizational effort. It was so pleasurable and rewarding we have decided to once again arrive unexpectedly to do our ‘Yard Duty thing’.
So, how will you make a positive contribution to the day? It doesn’t have to be anything grandiose or time consuming … just use your imagination and do it. No handshakes, no headlines, no hoopla.
And if you’re local, consider joining us. We’ll be at the cemetery at noon on Tuesday and will work until we can’t. We’d love to see you ~!!~