Random Acts of Kindness: The Travel Edition

Traveling during the holidays is not always smooth sailing. Everyone else is traveling, too. Lines are long, days can be longer. Family relations may be stretched to their limit. And the people who work for the travel businesses and services during this often-stressful time of year may receive the brunt of travelers’ short tempers.

late summer flowers (2)

Something about flowers brings a smile to people’s faces, even when times are tough. Flowers are used to celebrate, to comfort, to court, to console.

wild rose

Random acts of kindness (RAK) are wonderful actions extended with no expectation of anything in return, perhaps done quietly and anonymously. RAK need not wait for a holiday but when lives are extra-stressed (say, a parent trying to manage a small toddler after hours on a plane?) a RAK may be even more welcome. Why not the gift of flowers as the RAK?

villa flowers

We have done some of our family traveling over Christmas, and twice we helped the boys perform a little holiday RAK. I purchased a dozen inexpensive but lovely roses, wrapping each individually in a wet paper towel, small plastic bag, and foil over wrap, tied with a ribbon.

As we arrived at the airport, talked to flight attendants, picked up a rental car, checked in at the hotel, chatted with our waiter at dinner, the boys randomly gave away one of the roses. My favorite holiday RAK memory, though, was at the baggage claim.

A mother with a look on her face I have seen on my own more often than I can count over the years was trying to wrangle her child late in the evening. I told my son to bring her one of the roses, and he wanted to know, why her? I told him it was because she really needed one right now. He returned to us, leaving her gazing at her flower and then after him, with a huge smile on her face.

The simplest things can bring much joy, and the real joy is in giving.

Ciao! ~ Kat

Give to the Max Day ~ November 15

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

During this season of Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to not only reflect on our blessings but also give back where and when we can.  For this week’s Reflection of Gratitude, I wanted to remind those who are able to give financially, that today is “Give to the Max” Day to help raise funds for Minnesota nonprofits.  While the sun has set on Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes for today, you still have another six hours left to help organizations raise money, secure matching grants and compete for additional dollars!  Support your favorite nonprofit organization by going to this link.  As of 5:00 p.m. CST, total donations for all organizations today through GiveMN.org totaled $11 million.  That is a lot of giving for which to be thankful!

Peaceful sunset on one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes
Peaceful sunset on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes

Speaking of gratitude and giving, the month is only half done, so plenty of time to join in my November challenge to share your blessings in condensed format rather than doling them out one by one — no need to ration them daily; give generously and post the whole month all in one fell swoop!  For more details on how to participate in the challenge of “30 Days of Blessings, Condensed,” click here).

Ciao! ~ Kat