As volunteer requests poured in over the last few weeks and the realization set in that we wouldn’t be able to accomodate everyone, the question I couldn’t shake was “How can we, in a simple way, include all of our followers and supporters in some kind of compassion initiative before Christmas?”
The whole reason behind even considering it is the idea of focusing our energy on creating a wave of kindness and compassion in a concentrated way on one specific day.
And, at the risk of this being a terrible idea and a complete waste of time (believe me, I have many bad ideas), here’s my idea; I’m officially declaring Friday, December 20th as “Delivering Compassion Day”.
I realize I have no authority to officially declare anything but it’s my blog so what the heck?! Here’s how you can participate:
- Do something kind for someone on Friday. A stranger, a friend, a co-worker, a family member, it doesn’t matter. Just do something really kind and thoughtful for someone.
- You can influence others to participate by posting this or something like this to the following social media platforms:
For Twitter : “Today is #deliveringCompassionYEG Day in Edmonton. You can join @SantaEDM and me in participating by performing a random act of kindness for someone today. Merry Christmas everyone!”
For Facebook : “Today is #deliveringCompassionYEG Day in Edmonton. You can join @SantaYEG and me in participating by performing a random act of kindness for someone today. Merry Christmas everyone!”
Buy someone a coffee, collect clothes for a shelter, help a stranger cross the street, take donuts over to your favourite business. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just do something thoughtful for someone on Friday.
And believe me, I know I know, “kindness is an all year ’round thing” and “we shouldn’t have to talk about being kind, just be kind without anyone knowing”. I get all of that and I agree with that but here’s the thing, promoting things in the right way on social media can influence others to act, and act for goodness and kindness.
So, to me, that’s worth putting this idea out there at the risk of being laughed at because you never know how one small act of kindness can literally save a persons life.
That’s worth it to me. (let me know what you think, all comments welcome)
Merry Christmas Everyone!