Over the last five days, since first starting this 100 Random Acts of Kindness challenge, I have realized that this challenge isn’t just about being kind. It’s also about learning to think outside of the box, to break out of your comfort zone, and to challenge yourself to do things you normally wouldn’t do.
Who said just because we are doing one challenge that we can’t also challenge ourselves in multiple ways? Well, that’s what I’m going to strive to do. Hopefully, the more I challenge myself, the better person I become all around.
Thinking Outside of the Box
Yesterday, I didn’t know what I was going to do for somebody else that was hopefully going to brighten their day. I wanted to do something different… something that was going to make somebody laugh, but also an act of kindness that you don’t often hear about.
Oh, and yeah, it was going to be free.
I could go and buy somebody a coffee, or hold the door open for a stranger, or donate something (by no means are these bad ideas in any way whatsoever), but these are common acts of kindness. I wanted to do something that was a little more challenging – something that required me to think outside of the box, and that would push me out of my comfort zone.
Just because we are promoting kindness doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to grow as individuals as much as possible.
Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone
The idea that I had thought of was to leave a note on somebody’s windshield… in the middle of a busy parking lot… during the busiest time of the day.
Going up to somebody else’s car was definitely going to break me out of my comfort zone. Leaving a note on their windshield – I mean what if they came out and saw me? What if somebody else driving by assumed I was trying to break into the car? What if I left the note on a car and somehow knew the person?
Yeah, possibilities were rushing through my head and the thought of these possibilities coming true scared me. That’s how I knew that this was a perfect idea.
Here is the note that I put on somebody’s windshield. In case you can’t read my handwriting, it says:
I hope this note finds you well. I just wanted to write this and tell you to have a nice day. We don’t know each other, and that’s just fine, but hopefully this helped to bring a smile to your face.
If this made you smile or brought some ounce of happiness to your life, I want to encourage you to do something kind for somebody else.
I know this is random, and I’m sorry about that. And no, I am not on any drugs, but just trying to make the world a better place.
Anyhow, have a fantastic day!
Going up to somebody’s car was a challenge. It’s not something that I do on a daily basis, actually never, and I was admittingly scared for what might happen. But if I wanted to achieve my goal in bringing a smile to somebody’s face, then I had to challenge myself to overcome my fear.
That’s exactly what I did. I broke out of my comfort zone, slapped the note on the car, and walked away. Guess what happened? Nothing. All of my fears had would, yet again, not hold true. But yet they almost stopped me from reaching a goal.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stick around for the person to come out to their car and don’t know if it helped to put a smile on their face or not. But for the sake of spreading kindness, let’s just say that it did. I hope they read the note, smiled, and maybe even laughed a little at my dark sense of humor.
More important, though, I hope that this inspired you enough to go out and make a change in your own community. Don’t just read this, act on it. Bring happiness and joy to your life and to the lives of others by doing something kind.
Yesterday’s random act of kindness: The Best Time To Be Kind? How About Now – 100 Random Acts Of Kindness (Day 5)