#8 Random Act of Kindness – 100 day challenge.
All Acts of Kindness are written in the participants own words and the only purpose of this challenge was to scatter kindness.
November 15, 2013
On Tuesday of this week, I walked into a cookware store and, just before entering said aloud, “I do not need one more thing.” Fifteen minutes later I walked out of that store with a pan made specifically for Madeline’s. Apparently, I was wrong. I needed that pan.
On Wednesday, I opened up my recipe books and baked, for the first time, Madeline’s and, because Facebook is the place to get feedback, I took a picture of these beautiful little cakes and posted it there.
Within a few minutes of uploading the picture, I received my first post from a friend of mine saying that her daughters’ loved the Madeline’s at Starbucks but they were very expensive for very few Madeline’s. My friend, (we’ll call her Monica because, well, that’s her name) had looked online for recipes but realized that it required the “special” pan that I just happened to have and some rather exotic lemon zest which I also knew how to obtain.
I baked some Lemon-glazed Madeline’s on Thursday and took a plate of these soft, sweet cakes to Monica to share with her girls.
It may seem like the kindness was me bringing Madeline’s to my friend. The response I received from first Monica, then her mother was just as sweet as those cakes. A hug from Monica and watching them taste the Madeline’s gave me a sense of accomplishment. I enjoyed baking and they enjoyed the product. Win. Win.
Later that day, I received a picture on my cellphone from Monica. Monica’s little daughter wrote a thank you note on a piece of cardboard and her mom took a picture of her taking a bite of one of the Madeline’s with the caption, “XOXO”.
I tell you all this because, I was the real beneficiary here. As I planned my “act”, I visualized how the recipients would respond and that made me feel pretty darn good. When I plated the cakes to take them to my friends, I was in the moment; paying attention to make sure they arrived in good condition. When Monica and her mother tasted the cakes, they were pleased and that made me feel wonderful. Who doesn’t like a hug of gratitude? No one I know. Finally, when I saw the picture and the note come through on my cellphone, my heart was opened for the third time that day.
The cakes were nice to give but the reward for a simple gesture was all mine!
Have a Flan-tastic Day and Scatter some Kindness,
Random me: Funny thing about a R.A.K., the participant often gets as much joy as the recipient. That was another reason behind this challenge.