RaOK – What is it I hear some of you ask – random act of kindness.
Don’t you love how we look for shortcuts where and when ever we can. I’m always listening to podcasts (actually they are my latest addiction) when I heard the author mention ‘raok’ several times before I realised he was talking about a random act of kindness. Why didn’t he just say that?
Even though I have been known to use shortcuts and emoticons when texting I loathe them in emails, blogs, and even more so in face to face conversation. Today though isn’t about those shortcuts, it’s about a true random act of kindness that left me utterly flabbergasted and speechless. For those of you who know me may be shocked, but it did happen.
As you read in my post last week I had the privilege of staying at one of Melbourne’s amazing five-star establishments for a conference. The random act happened on the way to the hotel.
I love taxi drivers; well most of them. They get to see a different side of the world and a quite often will share with you a tale or two of those experiences. While on the way to the conference and stuck in Melbourne traffic my driver and I engaged in some chatter about the people we meet who are generous and the random acts of kindness they often perform. I told him about Serena Star Leonard and the project she is involved with in a small poverty-stricken town on the northern, coast of Colombia and how it only needed $7000 to build a school for the local children. As I alighted at the end of the ride he took my hand and gave me a $50 note and said: “Now your friend only has to find $6950.” I was speechless. And for those of you who know me – that doesn’t happen often. I asked him his name so I could share it with Serena Star-Leonard – he said he wanted to remain anonymous – “Our maker, who ever that is will know, and that’s enough.” And with that he left me at my destination, gawking after him. This man left me filled with hope and renewed faith in people.
My call to action for you is:
- What amazing random act of kindness story do you have to share?
- For no other reason, because you can – give a stranger a flower or buy the person behind you in the coffee queue their morning caffeine fix – why? Because you can, and you may just make their day.
You never know your luck – you may read about it here at Platform of Women.
See you all at The Launch on Friday.