January 25, 2015

Don't leave it to chance - plan to be kind

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There's a big movement that's been going around for several years now called pay it forward. The idea is that you pay for the person's coffee who is standing in line behind you at Starbuck's, or other places and ideas, among other different random acts of kindness.

The thought is that random acts of kindness lift your spirits at the same time as it lifts the mood of the person who receives your gift. Both are definitely smile-worthy pursuits.

I propose that we can do better than be spontaneous gifters of good feelings and I propose that we can do so through the planned activities in an Optimist Club.

Most Optimist Clubs will perform projects or activities throughout the year with an emphasis on programs that involve or benefit youth. What if we encouraged them to do good things more often and involve more people? Instead of only providing a benefit to children, what if they were to provide community-based programs for adults too? What if their first thought was to perform planned acts of kindness?

A planned act of kindness is a scalable activity; it can be as big or as small as someone wants to make it. Perhaps a club might stand on the corner of a busy street and offer free hugs to everyone who passes or perhaps it might take a group of teenagers to Six Flags. The only difference is that rather than being random, the Optimist Club plans to do kind activities in advance.

Don't you want to be a part of such goodness? Then join an Optimist Club and serve others with kindness. Click here to find an Optimist Club near you or send me a message and I will help you get a new Optimist Club started in your community. Share optimism!
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