mel and i are having a random acts of kindness contest. everyday we’re doing a random act of kindness and then rating it on a scale of one to ten. one would be something simple like opening a door for someone with groceries, ten would be something that requires alot more personal sacrifice. in the end the points mean nothing but it’s fun to have points . . .
i was passing gary (the local homeless man with a cell phone) when he asked if i cooked – and if so, could i make him dinner. i remember the day when homeless people asked for spare change. gary asked me to cook him dinner. i took the opportunity to collect some additional points. i had a piece of wild alaskan salmon in the fridge and i decided to cook it for gary. along with that, i prepared a beautiful salad and some strawberries and blueberries for dessert. i packaged up the feast in containers just like when you order takeout and brought it to gary. i gave myself 8 points but the smile on his face was worth at least 10.
“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.”
– Barbara Bush