Sometimes when we think of changing the world, we think we need to impact the entire planet…and the 7.09 billion people on the face of this earth.
Isn’t that too overwhelming of a job?
To me, changing the world means changing someone’s world, making a difference in someone’s life.
One of the items on our Summer Bucket List is ‘do random acts of kindness’. I put this activity in there because I want to teach my children to love people and that’s what love does – being in service to others to make their lives better.
So for this random act of kindness, I wanted to do something that had a ripple effect, a ‘pay it forward’ random act of kindness. We decided to give out money to inspire people to do some good with the money.
What if the person who receives this envelope bought the person behind them their morning coffee? What if they bought cookies and shared them with their co-workers or people on the bus? What if these people get inspired and do more good?
Just by doing something so simple and so ordinary, we could brighten someones day and make their lives just a little better. Don’t you think that’s extraordinary?
After these envelopes were created and nicely packaged, my daughter and I went out and delivered them. We handed some out to strangers at the farmers market, some to our friends, some to people eating lunch at the mall and some we just left on tables at coffee shops.
Every time we give out an envelope, I tell my daughter what and why we are doing this. She nods and understands the ‘what’ part but I don’t think her 2 5/6 year old mind comprehends the lesson being taught…sometimes the best way to teach is to lead by example.
One thing I was really interested to know is what people did with their $5 and how far it went. On the instruction card in the envelops, we included an invitation to share their $5 story with us. So far, we know that Laura the Starbucks barista have been given a tip for her ‘amazing lattes and cheerful smile’.
I know there are other extraordinary stories out there that have yet to reach me and I really look forward to hearing them!