How deliberate acts of kindness can change the world

“Today I’m gonna try and change the world. Gonna take it one day at a time. I’ve made my resolution. I’ve opened up my eyes.” -Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World (Johnny Reid) If you’ve been following my facebook page, you know that I spent the month of November doing 40 deliberate acts of kindness in honour of my 40th birthday. I’d had an amazing year since my last birthday, and was feeling very grateful, so I began thinking about what I really wanted as a present (i.e. a way to celebrate my birthday that felt like a gift to me – without actually acquiring more “stuff” that I don’t need). All that kept entering my head was to give back. I had read an article about Robyn Bomar and how she’d done 38 acts of kindness on her 38th birthday. I knew I was not organized enough to do 40 in one day, so I decided to do 40 in one month. You might be asking, why bother giving back? What was my plan? And what did I hope to achieve?  The point was to try and make the world a better place. I know it sounds cliché, but I just had this desire to do something! Maybe I can’t change the world, but I can for sure start with me. I can change how I show up in the world and interact with others. My plan was to do the 40 acts of kindness and invite people to join me (in doing whatever acts of kindness felt right for them). My hope was that through our...

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