Tis the Season for…Random Acts of Kindness?

By Candice Kinchelow, Green Valley Ranch HOA Inspector

Happy New Year GVR Residents! Whew…we made it to another year! It’s that time of the year that many of us make New Year Resolutions. We want to lose weight, quit smoking, become financially secure, travel more, and so many others could be added to this list. Most of the time these New Year Resolutions are what we could use for ourselves alone. What would happen if we tweaked our resolutions just a bit? What would our lives look like if we lived a little less for ourselves and more for others? How would the end result play out in our personal lives? Have you ever thought about making random acts of kindness as one of your New Year’s Resolutions…and even putting it at the top of your list? Better yet; making it a lifestyle! 

Some of you may have heard about Zoey. She is an adorable 6 year old girl in our community who took it upon herself to gather needed items to homeless veterans with pets. Even at such a young age, she gets the concept of selflessly helping others. I think this shows outstanding character! We could all take a little something from Zoey. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are; rich or broke-there is always something we can do to extend generosity. 

We all have busy lives, schedules, and sometimes there are situations that make us unable to financially support others to the extent we would like to. You do not have to have endless time and lots of money to make a difference in someone’s day. Saying hello to someone in passing, asking the clerk at the grocery store how their day is, or paying for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. These are simple (and sometimes free) examples to be generous on a day-to-day basis. No matter what our current situations are, we can always find time to make someone smile. 

I want to give you something to chew on while making your list of resolutions. Consider making kindness a day-to-day routine. Let’s resurrect the old saying, “treat others how you would like to be treated”. We may not always get a “thank you” in return, but it’s not about that. If we are truly doing this from the goodness of our hearts, then we need not look for something in return. It’s a genuine concern for others; you never know what the smallest acts of kindness could do in someone’s life. Here is to a happy, healthy, and kind driven New Year GVR! 

We would like to hear about your random act of kindness. Post a photo or comment on the Green Valley Ranch Citizens Advisory Board Facebook page. Daily there is something devastating in the media. Let’s bring some light into this, let it go viral and contagious! Or if you have been a recipient of a random act of kindness…please post it!