Last Thursday, I listened to a story on All Things Considered that literally had me sobbing in my car. It was way too good not to share!
The piece focused on the will of Aaron Collins, a Kentucky man who died unexpectedly at the age of 30. Collins’ family found his last request in a secret document on his computer. “Leave an awesome tip,” he said. “And I don't mean 25%, I mean $500 on a pizza." Since his passing, his family has not only given several $500 tips but has also raised over $55,000 to be randomly distributed among hard-working waiters and waitresses around the country. (Donate to Aaron's fund here!)
If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I am an eternal optimist. Call me naive, but I really and truly believe that simple acts of kindness can and do make a difference in the world. As a former waitress, I can only imagine how amazing it would be to receive a $500 tip from a stranger. However, acts of kindness needn’t be monetary (or random!). It can be as simple as holding the door open for a stranger, letting a tired mom - kids in tow - jump ahead of you in line at the grocery store, writing a letter to your grandparents or surprising your stressed coworker with coffee and a muffin.
Take a moment to do something kind for someone today. You'll feel awesome, promise :)
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