Have I done a random act of kindness lately? My husband experienced a random act of kindness around the holidays. For me, I can’t remember the last time I experienced a random act of kindness. But, have I done a random act of kindness lately? Hmmmm, that’s tough one. A random act of kindness to me is something big; but maybe I’m over thinking it and disregarding the little, nice things I do each day.
I’m not sure if this counts as a random act of kindness but it is definitely something that sticks out in my head. A moment when I acted from the heart and didn’t think twice about the possible repercussions.
I work in one of the most dangerous cities (per capita) in the United States. Everyday I hear about acts of violence which happen right outside my company’s door. Just recently, one of our employees was a victim of an attempted car-jacking.
One day, while pulling into work, I saw a young, (very) pregnant woman getting out a car. She was in a heated discussion with the driver of the car. He screamed expletives at her and drove off as she began to walk away. I saw the whole exchange and felt horrible for the woman; sad that she was being treated this way, while pregnant nonetheless. I rolled down my car window and asked her if she was OK. When I asked the woman if she was OK, she paused for a minute and just looked at me before answering, “Yes, I’m OK.” She looked almost shocked that I stopped to make sure she was safe. I waved, letting her know that I was going to continue on my way and as I rolled up my car’s window she said loudly back to me, “Thank you.” I watched her for a little while longer to see if the man returned. Thankfully, he never did.
Most people who work with me would’ve thought I was a little crazy – inserting myself in a possibly dangerous situation – but I was in my car and felt as though I had control over the situation should it go wrong or the angry man in the other car was to return. Perhaps it was because she was pregnant and I can remember how emotional the whole experience of carrying a child can be. I just felt so compelled to let her know, at that moment, if she needed help I was there to help her.
What do we think? Count as a random act of kindness?