Random Act of Kindness

  • July 13, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Partly as a result of a previous Thinking Box talk on happiness and also just because we want to, we are going to gather together for 3 hours and do a random act of kindness for society.

What we will do will either be decided on the day or we may generate ideas (see comments below) in advance and commit to one of those. All ideas welcome. Whatever it is the aim will be to experience the joy of selfless giving and leave people with a feeling that they/we are all important and we really all are one.

Friends, family and children all welcome too.

We will meet somewhere in St Albans at 10am and be done by 1pm. This is a brand new event for Thinking Box so all ideas welcome on how to make it fly.

MEETING PLACE IS JK PALMERS CAFE AT 10. For details of ideas and plans see the comments section below. We have lots of people doing lots of different things and we can all chip in or bring other ideas to try out. See you Sunday. Paul x

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  • Melanie

    Was great reading about the rest of the group's efforts. Looking forward to hearing more when we next meet x

    July 13

  • Melanie

    Did mine this afternoon. 8 envelopes posted with £4 each in them and a little note wishing the recipient well and asking they buy themselves a little treat of their choice :)
    Last week our business also gave staff extra pay, as a thank you. Also gave some money to my kids school to help one of the clubs there.

    1 · July 13

  • Penny P.

    Hi All,
    Seb and I are running a bit late so to manage expectations, particularly of an 8 year old (!!) we are going to leave shortly, wander through Clarence Park where we will offer books/toys to children and adults. We'll carry on into town, being kind where any opportunities arise along the way and we'll leave more books with notes in cafes/ on benches. We may run out of ideas/stuff by noon?! Will then head to JK Palmers for a super treat snack for Seb - hopefully they do scones and Seb is after a massive one with lots of jam!!! Hopefully still be around there for the 're-gathering' at 1pm? If not, will post here later how it went for us. Have fun everyone! Penny x

    3 · July 13

    • Eva M.

      Great to see you Penny - the books/games were lovely and it was great that Seb came along too! x

      2 · July 13

  • Paul T.

    Great to see you all today, I feel blessed to have spent 3 hours just thinking of how to be kind to people and then doing it. I find myself still thinking of ideas.

    Lots of highlights, the faces of children when they got a balloon, the smile and thank you from a distance from a lady on picking up a free book, Toby and me trying to blow up balloons without bursting a blood vessel, Damian in a pink wig giving out flowers, Eva and leila's charm on giving out free postcards and getting me into a blue wig and Penny and Seb's beautifully wrapped free books and games. Thanks to all for making it such a great day for ourselves and hopefully a few others.

    5 · July 13

  • Paul T.

    If anyone is running late, not a problem we will be around for a while so you can hook up with us anytime.

    July 13

  • Melanie

    Hi all, Will be doing random act of kindness but later in the day tomorrow, as I'm sleeping over in London tonight and will struggle to get in on time. Hope you all have a good morning. Will provide an update on how I get on when I next se you. Good luck all x

    Kind regards,

    Melanie

    July 12

    • Paul T.

      Ok Mel, have a great day.

      July 13

  • Jen_nashi_me

    Good luck everyone! Been staying updated with you all on this thing.. I can't wait to see your photos and I hope you all have fun. x Jen x

    1 · July 13

  • Paul T.

    Ok so the meeting place is JK Palmers cafe opposite the clock tower. There is a row of tables by the door that we should fit on, I'll try and arrive early and bag them. Hopefully at 10 it won't be so busy. A few of us will have to buy cups of tea!

    July 11

  • Esti

    Something i'm looking forward to. So many new ideas...Anybody coming to fire station? Should only take half an hour. Would feel awkward going alone. Paul??? I'm happy to join other teams in addition

    July 11

    • Paul T.

      Esti, yes we will ensure you have company going to the fire station. Suggest we all meet in town at 10 first and decide what is best. Will you have a car Esti?

      July 11

  • Maggy

    Hi! Real sorry folks, I can no longer come to this - have a meeting now at 9am, Sunday and likely to go on till after 10am etc.., so unlikely I'll make it. Next time perhaps!.... Well done in advance, have fun! Maggy

    July 4

    • Maggy

      Esti - a

      July 11

    • Maggy

      Esti - a fine idea in theory - logistically not possible, plus workload and time to bake something as am away before the event too, so I will continue with the acts of kindness that I do on a regular basis and hope that I can attend the next one of these... Wishing you all the best of luck and enjoy yourselves, till next time....

      July 11

  • Paul T.

    Many people are coming prepared with stuff (postcards, balloons etc) so take responsibility to prepare as you see fit. Some of these things can be sorted on the day, some you may want to prepare for.

    Obviously most of these ideas do require a little financial outlay. However this does not preclude the free kindness. With a bit of imagination and compassion there must be lots of kindness opportunities. eg helping people carry heavy bags, returning a shopping trolley, picking up litter, complimenting someone or even just talking to someone? Looking forward to seeing how it goes and feel free to keep posting ideas and preparing between now and Sunday.

    x

    2 · July 11

  • Paul T.

    Hi All, so we have some great momentum and lots of great plans all coming together. I will send an email shortly with summary details and a contact number for the day. Brief plan to date and things to be mindful off

    We are going to do lots of different things. At Thinking Box on Monday we showed this film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDAajuwTz4 and the ones that were voted most suitable were giving out flowers, balloons, coffees to workers. Also free postcards with a stamp for someone to send on to someone else and free books left in public spaces (with a note to pass on to someone else after reading). Baking a cake for public service workers is another great idea.

    We will meet at a cafe and gather ourselves and our plans and then go off, returning after to reflect on how each one went.

    It is forecast to rain, so please come prepared to be out in the rain. People will appreciate kindness even more in the rain!

    The farmers market will be on and we may be able to get a stall

    July 11

  • Paul T.

    One thing that occurred to me logistically, is whether we need a base or 'stall' in town to operate from. We might not but for some of the suggestions it might be helpful. If anyone has an opportunity to explore this with the council and report back that would be helpful. I don't know if the organic market is in town that day? I asked about a space on the Saturday market and they said it would cost £37.

    1 · July 3

  • Paul T.

    Some cracking ideas coming forward, keep them coming and we can see where the energy of the group heads. I imagine that we could do several different things in 3 hours if we prefered that to one 'big' thing. For the first try at this it might be fun to try a few out and explore what happens in each? I did a quick search on You Tube and found a few small clips, here is one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeeZdc9SYIM

    Not had chance to read the website that Eva posted below yet so if anyone does so before me feel free to share any more ideas. Perhaps we can keep the ideas flowing for another week and then see what we have got. Could be that some of us may want to prep stuff in advance (like for Esti's idea) or we can pick stuff we can easily just do on the day.

    I imagine meeting somewhere in town, maybe discussing and organising for 30 mins (max) and then doing our random acts before 'reporting back' at the end. People could then stay for a bite to eat if they wanted?

    1 · July 3

    • Paul T.

      No fixed ideas yet on meeting place so suggestions welcome. Is anywhere open at 10am on Sunday morning?

      Looking forward to this, keep the ideas flowing!

      July 3

    • Esti

      The fire station will be open at 10am i would hope;-). We could always meet by the canal/river in front of the leisure centre-would be convenient for parking too as theres a huge car park.

      1 · July 3

  • Leila D.

    I have had the idea , of visiting an old people homes - there is a vast majority of them who suffer isolation and loneliness. We could either just offer some time to talk - or read to them ... This is just an idea , and I am open to any suggestion.

    2 · June 23

    • Jen_nashi_me

      Just cos I won't be here and I could really get the best out of you in this case. Do you know what I mean??

      1 · June 23

    • Paul T.

      Great suggestion Leila and such an important area of our current society that we have so many lonely old people. Jen, you sound like you have some knowledge or ideas here? I guess we would need to book a visit in advance and there may be some possible hurdles to overcome (there often is with such things). Anyone want to explore this one and report back?

      July 3

  • Esti

    Taken from the web link above:Thank Your Fire Department
    Stop and take a minute to think about all the work our fire departments do in your community. Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. How impressive is that? Why not tell these people how thankful you are for their services?

    Perhaps we all take a dish to the local fire station in St Albans, or any other idea?

    3 · June 20

    • Maggy

      Agreed, they do a sterling job, and having had to call upon them when a friends friend made a school boy error by putting warm ashes in a plastic bin. If it wasn't for my bro-in-law (the guy mentioned in the earlier comment) popped back to use the loo in the house and discovered a small fire had started in our friends deceased parents home, and if it wasn't for the Fire Brigade too, who were amazing and who praised us for keeping the fire under control before they arrived, and said just a minute longer, the flames would have taken hold, the house engulfed and no more. The home is a lovely thatched, terraced cottage attached to a pub!! So yes, thank goodness for the Fire Service.

      June 20

    • Paul T.

      Love that idea Esti! Simple to do and would mean a lot to them I am sure.

      July 3

  • Paul T.

    Ok guys, as this is a new event we have no fixed ideas or approach yet so it is all open to ideas and suggestions. There is a website that Eva has sent in http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas which we can use for ideas.

    Perhaps people can suggest 2 ideas they quite like and think might work, just to get us started. Anything goes at this stage, we can troubleshoot on suggestions later!

    1 · June 20

    • Paul T.

      One aspect that occurs to me is that a random act of kindness does not need to be restricted to people traditionally considered 'in need'. Being randomly kind to a millionaire for example is not off limits and who knows what the impact might be?

      1 · June 20

    • Maggy

      Indeed, my brother-in-law is a self made millionaire and although he makes regular acts of kindness giving both to charities personally and via his company by giving a percentage % of its profit to a number a 'good cause' charities - but am sure he, for one, wouldn't turn down 'a random act of kindness' and as you say, we never know what the impact might be and/or what it could lead to....

      June 20

  • Jen_nashi_me

    gutted i am not going to be there!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope it is a great success and i hope there will be more!

    June 15

  • Esti

    Brill idea!

    June 13

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