Ran­dom acts of kind­ness

The 12th day of Christ­mas

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Initiative -

Af­ter be­ing told she would never have chil­dren and un­der­go­ing a se­ries of painful op­er­a­tions, Naomi Lam­bert felt hope­less and alone. She took it upon her­self to start a peer sup­port group, which taught her about the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Then she felt moved to do even more to spread kind­ness, and The Cool To Be Kind Project was born. Just be­fore Christ­mas last year, she cre­ated 50 “kind­ness cards” and on each she wrote a sug­gested ran­dom act of kind­ness. Then she hid them around her com­mu­nity in WA and was de­lighted when peo­ple took up her chal­lenges. One man took a home­less per­son out to lunch at a ve-star restau­rant. A wo­man dying of can­cer vol­un­teered at a home­less shel­ter to gain per­spec­tive.

Naomi con­tin­ues to leave cards far and wide and her web­site is full of sug­ges­tions for ev­ery­day kind­ness, like: learn to say hello in dif­fer­ent lan­guages; cook a meal for a friend; pay for a stranger’s morn­ing cof­fee; or sim­ply pick up the phone and tell some­one far away that you miss them.

Naomi is now work­ing to cre­ate cards that can be mass dis­trib­uted but she en­cour­ages those around her to use their imag­i­na­tions and their em­pa­thy to come up with kind­ness ini­tia­tives of their own. “We’ve all got it in us,” she in­sists.

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