It’s been a long few weeks. In light of the political climate in America right now post-election and in the spirit of Thanksgiving just occurring, I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately.
Something that has always stuck with me from when I was a new member in Sigma Kappa is this memory from Inspiration Week. I remember an initiated member reflecting on her experience during an Inspiration Week event where initiated members were asked to give the new members words of advice about how to make the most of their sorority experience. She stood up and said something to the effect of: “Being a Sigma Kappa means being a better version of yourself. I always go out of my way to be the best version of myself, especially when I am wearing Sigma Kappa letters.” That piece of advice has always stuck with me since. Sounds silly, because in reality, you should try to be a good person and kind person all the time, but it really resonated with me. Sigma Kappa called me to be a better person, and I was determined to do that.
For the rest of my undergraduate experience, I was much more conscious of how I treated those around me, especially if I was wearing something with letters on it (which, to be honest, would be about 90% of the time). But I also knew deep down that at the end of the day, it was more important for me to be true to my personal values and be a good person. Nevertheless, I would go out of my way to hold the door for the person behind me. I would make sure to smile and thank the person who made my daily latte at Starbucks. I would let that person in front of me merge into my lane, even if I am an impatient human and I have places to be.
This month, I’m challenging myself to do ten small acts of kindness. Considering the state of current events, I think the world can benefit all the kindness it can get. If you want to join me, I would love that too!
1. Pay for the Starbucks drink of the person behind me in the drive-through line
2. Write five notes of appreciation to friends and family
3. Donate ten items to a food kitchen
4. Smile and say “hello” to a stranger in the airport
5. Clean out my closet and donate items to Goodwill
6. Put a coin in an expired parking meter
7. Write a letter to each of my grandparents
8. Tip 100% on a restaurant bill for excellent service
9. Fill out a customer service survey and compliment a great employee
10. Pick up litter I see in the park the next time I walk my dogs
If you decide to join me in some random acts of kindness, I would love to hear about what you do! Leave a comment here or tweet me at @danacfinley.
See you in 2017,