Posts Tagged ‘Random Act of Kindness’

Random Act of Kindness on BART

January 27, 2010

Today I had a date with a writer in San Francisco.  I awoke as I have been doing lately, around four o’clock in the morning.  Why am I not going back to sleep?  I have no idea.  I wish I could, for the next hour or two often give me the best dreams and the best time for my creativity to work. 

(Yes, you can actually be creative during your dream time . . .)

So I got up and took care of housekeeping chores and writer business before it was time to take BART to meet my writing partner.  We had a productive day, and when it was time to head back home, I hopped on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and immediately closed my eyes and thought about all of the creative ideas we had discussed. 

Oops.  My dreamtime kicked in accidentally.   I nearly slept through my stop!  I awoke with a start and searched for my BART ticket.  It was nowhere to be found.  In my sleepy haze, I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere.  I had been holding it.  Did it disappear as I slept?  Jump out of my hands and exit the door before me? 

The man sitting next to me noticed my problem and offered a spare ticket he had.  “It has $6.45 left on it.  Better than nothing,” he said. 

“Thank you so much!” I handed him $7.00.

“No,” he pushed the money back into my hands.  “I insist.  Just take the ticket.”

What a kind man.  I smiled.  He was giving me a random act of kindness! 

I put the money in his hands and looked him in the eyes.  “Thank you SO MUCH.  But I can afford this.  Instead, give it to someone who needs it.” 

He nodded and smiled back. 


1.  It’s your turn.  Have you ever received a random act of kindness from someone?  Write about it in your journal, for an assignment, or share it here. 

2.  Write about a random act of kindness you were able to give to someone else.

3.  Now go out and DO a random act of kindness ON PURPOSE.

P.S.  I found my original BART ticket in the outside pocket of my purse after I really woke up.  Right after I got off one stop too early . . . and had to wait fifteen more minutes for the NEXT train.  Reminder:  do NOT fall asleep on BART.

Farmer’s Almanac Essay Contest – ALL ages!

December 28, 2009

Announcing the 2010 Farmer’s Almanac Essay Contest Topic:  The Kindest Thing Anyone Ever Did for Me. 

In 200 words or less, please tell us about an act of kindness that you experienced. 

Rules:  Cash prizes (first, $250; second, $150; third, $100) will be awarded for the best essay on the subject “The Kindest Thing Anyone Ever Did for Me.”  All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material.  The deadline for entries is Friday, January 29, 2010.  Label “Essay Contest” and send to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, P.O. Box 520 Dublin, NH, 03444;

Include your name, mailing address and em-mail address.  Winners will be announced in The 2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac and on