Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Random Acts of Kindness November 11, 2014

I don’t know much when it comes to the high school experience. Or school in general, I suppose, since I have made all foreseeable efforts to avoid it like the plague for the majority of my doggie life. There is a reason I’m known as an obedience school drop out, and its honestly something I bear as a badge of honor more than a black mark on my otherwise decent record.

I do know my forever parents had fairly differing experiences in high school. Mom was the A student who was in every club imaginable. Dad was the popular jock who played soccer and hung out with anyone and everyone. What united their experiences was a similar disbelief in the cliche that high school is the best years of your life. They both knew better then and live that truth to this day. Listen to me

I’m sure experiences differ from person to person as they do for my people, but I heard something about a high school today that gave me pause. Random arts of kindness. The students throughout the school are leaving various kinds of artwork throughout the halls as a scavenger hunt of sorts for all things good. They are using social media outlets like Twitter to spread the joy beyond the hallways of the school. They are exhibiting joy, from the ground up.

I don’t know much about the high school experience. But I do know enough to know this is likely something kind of special. In a society where bullying continues to play too big a role in all types of social hierarchy, it’s refreshing to hear something like this is happening in schools. It renews my sense of faith in people to do the right thing in spite of peer pressure and all kinds of other reasons not to.

And it reminds me that no matter how far out of school we are, this is what we ought to strive for in our lives. Because let’s face it, bullying doesn’t just happen in schools. Violence is not reserved for the lunchroom. And peer pressure doesn’t end when you hand in your cap and gown after graduation.

These are real things people live with every single day. Why not offset some of that with some random acts of kindness of our own? I think the methods will likely be different for everyone, but you know as well as I do the method doesn’t really matter. What matters is the heart behind it. And the heart receiving it. Because tomorrow is the first day of the rest of our lives. Together, we can make it a better place.


6 Responses to “Random Acts of Kindness”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Random acts of kindness don’t have to cost money either. It can be as simple as putting someone’s tray back and their rubbish in the bin when they’re eating at McDonald’s during their lunch break and looked harried as they hunch over a computer. Or letting someone go ahead of you in the checkout queue at the grocery store. Easy as pie 🙂

  2. At obedience school, everyone was very kind. But in Mom’s high school experience, there aren’t a whole lot of acts of kindness random or otherwise! This school that you speak of must be a pretty special place.

    Love and licks,

  3. Penny L Howe Says:

    Love this post. Random acts of kindness, everyday every opportunity, yes! People do notice!

  4. utesmile Says:

    Beautiful post and very true !

  5. I agree Wiley, to open the door for someone who has no hand free in a store is a nice gesture and the “thank you” what you get is like a little sun ray what warms your heart :o)

  6. Be obedient to yourself, buddy. Set your own standards of common sense and stick to them for dear life!

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