Well, if an act of kindness is random, then it must fulfill two stipulations:
It must make a difference in someone’s life in a positive way
It must occur without premeditation
I remember, years ago, when I got a flat tire way out in the country, one hundred miles from nowhere, on a very hot, muggy day. Because I didn’t have a spare tire, I wasn’t sure what could be done, and I was beginning to lose it. This was before cell phones were invented.
But, right after that moment when I was convinced that I would have to walk a hundred miles for help, a “local” drove by in a pickup truck. He stopped, backed up, threw a cigarette butt out the window and said, “I suspect you don’t have a spare. Am I right?” Before I could answer, he said, “I know exactly what you need. You need help, and I’m going to help you.” He then got out of his truck with an aerosol, emergency flat-tire repair canister in hand. He inflated my tire with the canister, and told me it was best that I wasted no time driving down the road about five miles, taking the first left, and driving another three miles where I’d find a gas station that could repair my flat tire properly.
I felt very appreciative for this random act of kindness. This stranger made a tough situation very easy for me to handle. I use this moment continually to inspire myself to act in a like-kind manner when I happen upon others in need of help – just being kind because the spontaneous kindness feels like the right and perfect thing to do.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s this: there is no such thing as a singular, random act of kindness. Every random act of kindness creates a ripple effect with no end in sight. The most enjoyable moments of my life, I’ve found, are moments when little, random acts of kindness come out of me elegantly and simply.