I am not singling out any one issue and I never intended for this blog to be judgmental or political. This is not the time and place, but all of these bazaar and unusual actions in our world have made me want to seek out the "good and happy" stories in the press. Why can't people just be nice to each other.
Today, thankfully, I was moved by a story on the Today show about Aaron's Wish. Being a lover of Random and unusual acts of kindness, I was drawn to this family and their story. In a nutshell, a family lost their brother and son at a young age and he left a remarkable request in his Will. He asked them at some point to leave a large ($500) tip to a random waiter or waitress in a restaurant. NOT a fancy restaurant but a pizza or burger joint where the wait staff is likely in need of such a generous gesture. The family had no money for this task so they reached out to others to help with their mission. Incredibly, they have raised over $57,000--enough to tip 114 people so far. They are filming their surprise tips and blogging about it as a tribute to Aaron's legacy and to encourage others to make random gestures of their own. They are heroes in my eyes.
The link to their website is http://aaroncollins.org/. You should read this family's blog - I could never do it justice. Start at the beginning. Watch the videos. Cry a little. And then hit the paypal button and donate. I did. And as this family says on the blog, if you can't donate, then at some point, leave a generous tip of your own. Surprise someone. Open yourself up and let God guide you to the exact right person who needs you at the exact right time.
Oh, and all that craziness on the news - tune it out, turn it off. I'm happier when I do.
**DISCLAIMER - I have no affiliation to this family and cannot vouch for the use of any donated funds. I chose to donate because in my heart I believe it to be true. You have to make that decision for yourself.
"Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given." ~ Mother Theresa