My Birthday Project

1 Dec

If We All Do One Random Act of Kindness by heathbrandon


The arrival of December means that 1. It’s almost Christmas (!), 2. It’s almost my birthday (!) and 3. The year is coming to a close.


I don’t want to  diminish the year as a whole. Some amazing things happened for my friends and family this year. Some got married. Some had babies (or are still growing them). Some found great new jobs. Some bought their first homes. Some got out from under unpleasantness in its various forms.

But, if I’m honest, it was a tough year for me for lots of small reasons. We hired an architect who didn’t work out and we lost some money on the deal. There was our remodeling project which went on and on. My dad had a big health scare (he’s fine now!). I got strep throat and shingles and a flare up of my chronic eye condition. We had rain and rain and more rain and our roof leaked a lot. My heart is heavy for my friend Jeremy who has a destructive cancer and is fighting for every day he gets to spend with his wife and young son. Other people I love have lost or are losing people they love to progressive illnesses.

However, at least once a week Don or I look at the other person and says, “We’re so lucky.” Even in a year when it’s been easy to point out all the bad stuff, the good stuff is still there. That feeling has intensified for me even more now that we’ve gotten through our home study.

So, it’s in that spirit that my birthday project was born.

Well, first I was inspired by this woman who committed 38 random acts of kindness for her 38th birthday.

Using her birthday project as a template, I developed my own birthday project. For the first two weeks of December, I am going to do at least one unexpected, unrequested kindness for someone else every day. I recruited my Facebook friends to help and asked that in the same period they each do just one nice thing for someone else. Then instead of sending me well wishes or birthday cards they can share with me their story of committing a random act of kindness for someone on December 15, my birthday.

If you’d also like to help and we’re not friends on Facebook, simply leave a message in the comments below telling me all about your random act of kindness. It will make my birthday the happiest day. Really it will.

UPDATE 12/2: The Facebook note with the daily updates is public so you should be able to see it even if we’re not (yet) friends.

UPDATE 12/4: I have photographic proof of some of my projects.

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