RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS



A couple of weeks back when I was looking for an old document, I came across some precious gems preserved over the years. These were letters and cards given to me by people, some close some not so close. As I was going through these, I read a letter written to me by a colleague of mine (who later became a good friend). In this letter dated over two decades back, my then colleague had expressed her gratitude to me for being the only person who had stood by her as a pillar of strength when she was going through turbulence at work. This strength could help her address the situation with more courage, confidence and positive mindset. All was well soon and she resumed normal duty at work.

Then there were cards from two different adoptive parents, whose children I had worked (cared) for when they were in care at the NGO I was volunteering for. The card said, “Volunteer, it makes a difference” and the letter ended with “Thank you for loving our child when we were away from him”. Those words touched my heart and took me back in time to my volunteering days at an Adoption centre. I had started volunteering with an intention of sharing love, but received so much more in return. I would give a hug or a kiss or a smile to a child and receive back tight hugs and smiles in multiples. My days were filled with joy and energy overflowing from all the little ones around me.

As I went down the memory lane I was then reminded of the time I used to volunteer at an NGO for Cancer patients . Once, we had organized viewing of the movie, “Chak De India” in a cinema hall for patients and their caregivers. My mother had offered to sponsor tickets for 50 people and the NGO had distributed food packets to them. The excitement and smiles on everyone’s face warmed our hearts. A week after the film viewing, one of the patients’ family members visited the NGO to share some news. He had come to inform that his father had passed away a day after we had gone to see the movie. His father had shared that he had wanted to see this movie for some time and was happy that he had got this opportunity. For a person, who had been in a lot of pain and was sad for many months, he passed away cheerful and peaceful. The son wanted to thank us for organizing this event that brought a smile on his father’s face on his last day. All of us were touched and had tears in our eyes.

There is one more such incident that I can’t keep myself from sharing. I had gone to attend a house warming pooja. As some of us, family members were standing in the compound of the apartment complex, a young boy approached me. He said, “Prerna tai” and bowed down to seek my blessings. I blessed him immediately but was not able to recognize this young, decently dressed smart boy. He reminded me, “I am Bhima, from Willows site”, which helped me immediately recognize him. I used to meet and talk to him quite often when I was working with construction workers and their families. He was a school going boy at the site labour camp. Bhima was a quiet, obedient and shy boy, interested in studies. I and my colleagues had encouraged him to study and had facilitated his college education through our sponsorship program. He had pursued studies and secured a diploma in Civil Engineering and was now working for the same Building construction company that had sponsored his education. I could feel my chest swell with pride for him and gratitude towards God, for choosing me to be a part of this young boy’s journey.

There are so many random acts that would have brought me a sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, joy in life. Be it firing crackers during Diwali with children at the Adoption centre or talking to residents at a Senior citizens’ home, or sponsoring meals or donating money to various NGOs. I have always felt enriched with blessings, love and smiles of the inmates. I can say in full honesty, and with confidence, that there is no other joy in comparison to the Joy of Sharing. It could be sharing of wealth, time, love or attention, whatever one is able to afford and feel comfortable sharing. I feel, everyone must try offering random acts of kindness at least once in a while, if not regularly. That will make life more meaningful and worthwhile. It is a way of giving back to society what we have received from it. Kindness and compassion can be expressed in different languages.  It doesn’t always have to be in the form of volunteering or donating to an NGO. Sometimes, it can be spending some time with a neighbour who lives alone or with a friend who needs some non-judgemental  listening.

With the festive season approaching, I thought it is a perfect time for me to appeal to my readers, to think of people beyond your families and friends. As you gear up to bring cheer and happiness to your homes and families, please do think of extending cheer to the less fortunate people of society too. Do think of buying an outfit for a child at an orphanage or sweets for children at traffic signals or spending an evening with lonely senior citizens at a home for the aged.

Season’s Greetings to you and your dear ones!

25 thoughts on “RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS”

  1. Very well written prerna. The joy for sharing and bringing a smile on someone’s face is priceless.
    Thanks for bringing joy to my life as well.

    1. A beautiful article reminding us to be compassionate and caring for the less privileged and helping them with kindness and love

  2. Such beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing them with us. So proud of what you have done and a very good reminder for everyone to try and do something similar.

  3. This is awesome πŸ‘ Truly inspiring.. I sometimes do my bit for the not so privileged. This inspires to do a little more. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Such a beautiful and overwhelming write-up.”There is no other joy in comparison to the joy of Sharing” is indeed so true.Such random acts of kindness and love gives us immense satisfaction and makes our life meaningful and worthwhile.Prerna Ma’am you are truly a gem of a person and an inspiration for us.Hats off to your sincerity and kindness which has shaped and re-shaped the lives of many.

  5. Beautiful penned Prerna ❀️. Truly said the joy of giving back to the society is priceless. So lovely to know about your humble deeds.

  6. Loved your blog Prerna. So beautifully written.

    I believe when you are good to others you are best to yourself. It gives one peace of mind.

  7. Such a beautiful post. Made me smile. Someone has said, “If you can be anything in the world, be kind “.

    I am glad that you have put a smile on people’s faces through such random acts of kindness πŸ™‚

    1. Prerna , this is not just an article of yours, it is a true reflection of what you are and what you are destined to do. Just imagine if each one of us does just one random act of kindness on each festive season how much cumulative effect it will have on the society.
      A true religion is humanity and kindness of any shape or form on living beings. πŸ™

  8. Random act of kindness are celebrated across the world on different days. One does not need a specific day to be kind but a day like this gives people awareness about kindness and it does not have to be in the form of money or material. Prerna, as mentioned in some of your stories kindness uplifts a person, gives them confidence and sometimes takes them to a path for better future. Your kindness brings joy and satisfaction to you as well that no amount of money or success will bring. Very well written Prerna! Dont forget to be kind to yourself.

  9. Very heart touching. I have been on the recipient side of such love and kindness. And I m truely grateful for that.

    Random acts of kindness spreads joy everywhere . And it’s equally imp to include yourself whenever your inner critic shows up.

  10. Beutiful article. It teaches us that humility and kindness to the less fortunate in our society is the way to enjoy our existence and leave a footprint for others to follow. I have been a witness to many such instances of Prerna’s involvement in the volunteering of her services at the adoption centre, NGO for cancer patients and on construction site .It would not be exaggerating to mention that she had resigned from her active services to ensure that my son, Ankush who was hospitilized and undergoing cancer treatment in pune at ruby hall clinic and my daughter, then 2 years old received care and attention from her, while myself and my wife were able to concentrate on my sons treatment. This act of her’s has taught us a lot in our lives and am proud of her as my bhabhi. She is fondly called by my kids as kaki bhabhi for the love and care she has given them and still continues . Jitesh shah .(Brother in law )

  11. Lovely article.
    Very touching and refreshing to read. Makes me realize how we can easily rekindle small sparks of smiles and happiness around us.

  12. Amazing work of kindness and compassion. Great reminder. Thank you for sharing your journey. I personally am blessed to have been at the receiving end of your selfless help and so has my children. Thank you πŸ™ stay blessed forever.

  13. Wonderful Article and heart touching.
    Mam, The way you explained has motivated many of us to spread love and start doing some random act of kindness.

  14. A nice reminder for us to be kind to everyone !
    You are a very generous person Prerna , may your Random acts of Kindness cause a permanent ripple effect πŸ™‚

  15. Thank you Prerna for sharing your experience, which has truly touched and has transformed many lives. we have learned alot from you, and are still learning.
    May God grant you Good Health, Happiness and long life,so that you keep continuing transforming lives by spreading goodness in community .
    Stay Blessed

  16. Prerna, this is a very good method of giving back to the world & society from whom we have been receiving all our life. Sharing happiness gives us more happiness which in itself is a Bonus. It encourages us also to do such wonderful things & spread SMILES.

  17. Absolutely correct. Sharing love and happiness with others actually brings more happiness in our lives. During this hard times of pandemic it is even more important to share. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  18. Beautifully articulated. Thank you for encouraging too and giving us the assurance that sense of sharing without expectations makes our life worthwhile. Bhima anecdote is like a warm hug and sheer kindness. May god bless you and us with immense power and make us able to contribute πŸ™‚

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