# 2 & 3 Random Act of Kindness – 100 Day Challenge

Scatter Kindness

Scatter Kindness

#2 Random Act of Kindness – 100 day challenge.

These Act of Kindness are in the participants own words and the only purpose of this challenge was to scatter kindness.

Here is Monica’s R.A.K….

I sent a note to a teacher at a local daycare.  (she taught both my children).  My girls both loved her and she has become a  friend.  She is young and doesn’t really know what she wants to do in life – she went to school and got a degree in business while working, but now realizes she wants to work with children but has a business degree.

She has confided in me some days of her frustration.  I just decided to send her a note to give her encouragement to just go for your goals and dreams while you are young.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy…happy blogging!!

monica RAK

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Random act #3 = No activity, no response.

When I made a request and got no response, I will just list it like this.

 

Have a Flan-tastic Day and Scatter some Kindness,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  A personal handwritten note can mean so much, especially with today’s electronic technology.

 

100 Day Challenge – Random Acts Of Kindness

Scatter Kindness

Note the semi-hidden hummingbird

Amazing Random Acts of Kindness. 

You are about to embark on an amazing journey through some heartfelt, thoughtful, creative and joyful random acts of kindness.  Each Act will be described by the challenge participant in their own words.  You will be able to feel the joy it brought to both the participant as well and the recipient.

Here is how it started:

On October 15, 2013 I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave myself a 100 Day Challenge. Each day for 100 days I asked a different person to do just one random act of kindness and then tell me about it. Simple enough, right? There were no rule, no expectations, just do something that would bring a smile to someone else.

I asked 16 men and 84 women if they would participate.  For the most part,  I asked only once and did very little follow-up or reminders.   The response was amazing.  I hope you enjoy following this blog to see what Random Acts of Kindness my family, friends and colleagues came up with.

To my surprise, many participants thanked me for including them in this challenge.  The THANK YOU goes to each one of you that took on your own challenge to make a difference.

THANK YOU for making the world a better place!

Today is the last day of this challenge, tomorrow the ripple effect begins. Enjoy! To view all 100 Random Acts click on the archive to the right of this post for January 2014, February 2014, March 2014 and April 2014.

If you would like to follow this journey, check back or subscribe over on the right column to receive email notifications.

Have a Flan-tastic Day and Scatter some Kindness,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I was not completely comfortable doing this challenge.  I  felt like I was imposing on their busy lives and didn’t want anyone to feel obligated. 

 

Disney Institute – By Chance or By Design?

Collecting Pop Tabs

The first day as a Walt Disney World Cast Member is spent in Traditions, an orientation session that all Cast Members, regardless of position or rank, attend.  It promotes and reinforces the Company values, history and operating philosophies.

This past month, I was faced with the task of hiring a new employee. Being a small company, we have very little turnover, so filling an open position is taken very seriously.  Step one is finding the right person for the position, step two is letting them know they made the right choice by choosing our company.

Rather than starting orientation with an “employee handbook”, we start with a “company handbook”,  if you will.  A book about US, our company history, values, goals, recent accomplishments,  5 things we are most proud of as a company, our community involvement and we end with a form called “Help us get to know you”. It includes about 20 voluntary questions like, what is your favorite music, favorite dessert, favorite restaurant, favorite hobbies, strong points, weak points, do you have pets, and if money where no object, where in the world would you like to visit.

How did you get to know about your employer’s history, values and goals, by chance or by design?

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I bought my first computer in 1982. (IBM)

The magic and enthusiasm of the Disney Institute workshop is over, now what? This blog is about keeping the magic alive,  in a small bulk mail business in Indiana. Click Here.

Employee Values – Pay It Forward

A story worth telling….
Monica decided she would only buy Starbucks if she had the money on hand.  No more putting it on her debit card. Wise choice.
While waiting at a doctor appointment, she realized she had the exact amount to  buy 2 cups of Starbucks. One for her and one for her sister and made a mental note to stop by on the way back to the office.
Her wait to see the doctor was unusually long and she was beginning to get annoyed.  She was thinking about all the things she needed to do and wondered “why am I waiting so long, WHY ME”?
Still waiting,  she noticed an older gentleman checking out and he was asked for his co-pay amount and he didn’t have enough money.  How much did he need?  Exactly what she had for her Starbucks coffee.
She gave him her money because she believes that was the reasons for the long wait.  She was meant to be there for this man.
It was fate.  Do you believe in fate?
Monica posted her experience on facebook and one of her friends is sending her a Starbucks gift card.  Pay It Forward.
Oh ya by the way, Monica is my daughter !!
Proud Mama,
Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I have never had a Starbucks, not even a sip.


Customer Service or Waste of Time?

It was Saturday morning and Judy was working alone, something we rarely do but it is 2 weeks before the election and it is our busy time.  The phone rings and the woman on the other end proceeds to tell Judy that she mailed a package through FedEx and she needs our help.  Judy politely tell the lady that we are a bulk mail service and we don’t mail individual packages.

The lady asked Judy to hear her out.  She explained that she is in Arizona and mailed a quilt to a lady in Valparaiso but the lady in Valparaiso is on vacation.  FedEx left it on her porch and could we go and get it, bring it back to our office for safe keeping until the lady comes back from vacation? (she found our phone number by looking up Indiana mailing services on the internet and our name popped up)

Is it customer service to help a woman in Arizona that will never be our customer?  Is it a waste of our time to help out a lady that is on vacation that you don’t know?

As the owner of the business, I believe it is not about customer service, nor wasting time, it is about hiring the right people with the right values.

Judy picked up the package and it is safe and sound in our office waiting for the lady in Valparaiso to return from vacation.

What would you have done?

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  The only movie I ever walked out on was Silence of the Lambs.

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