This post was written by Meghan M. in response to the Day 22 Challenge Action: Commit a random act of kindness.
On Day 22 of the BHS Responsible Citizenship Challenge, students were asked to commit a random act of kindness. This challenge action was incorporated into the 30-Day Challenge in order to promote community and spirit throughout our high school, town, and beyond. As a participant of the challenge, I reflected on my daily routines and decided that in addition to holding the door for someone, giving a compliment, or granting an act of kindness that is just part of daily interactions, I would do something different. After thinking about what it meant to grant a random act of kindness, I decided to participate in the challenge by paying it forward and buying a coffee for the car behind me in the Dunkin' Donuts drive thru. After completing this action, I was able to see just how easy it was to improve someone’s day. When driving away, I noticed the woman smile and wave appreciatively. Paying for a stranger’s coffee took little time out of my own day and knowing I did something nice for someone is a pleasure in itself. I felt prideful when I saw how my simple action changed someone’s day for the better, as well fascinated as to how a simple, random act of kindness connects to the upholding of democratic values in America. My hope is that the woman behind me did the same and bought a coffee for the car behind her.
Simple actions as such do a great deal in the promotion of community. Seeing that others care about you enough, care about the idea of community enough to treat people with kindness is inspiring. Seeing others' reactions to these acts of kindness exemplifies the importance of community. When people feel part of a caring community, part of a group that's all working together, all trying to achieve the same thing - happiness - we can make an actual difference. People's lives and attitudes can be changed. Acts of kindness aim to support unity. By lightening up someone's day, we work to break down the negativity and separation individuals are facing in today's world. The BHS 30-Day Challenge aims to promote interaction with others in order to advocate for the advancement of social justice. Through small acts like this, we can see the impact of treating others with care. We can see how seemingly trivial actions have big results. We can work towards building a better community.