Greek Philosopher Plato once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” If that thought alone doesn’t inspire you to do something kind for Random Acts of Kindness Day, maybe Katrina’s story will.
Each year on January 14, Katrina takes off work to play another role. Katrina’s father, Jim, passed away a few years ago from early onset Alzheimer’s. Since then, each year on his birthday, Katrina spends the day spreading kindness to others.
“We would be celebrating if he were still here,” she says. “So now we just celebrate in a different way — a way that may change someone’s whole outlook.”
Each year, Katrina does random acts of kindness for each year of Jim’s life. This year, he would’ve been 64 so she set out on a mission to do 64 things for others. She dropped off flowers for mothers in the NICU at the hospital, took an ice cream party to Jim’s co-workers and dropped off treats to friends across the city.
One of those friends, Trina’s hairstylist, posted about the kindness she’d received on Facebook with the hashtags #64randomactsofkindness and #rememberingjim. Someone who Katrina didn’t know posted she, too, had been on the receiving end of Katrina’s kindness mission back on Jim’s 61st birthday. She received a note Katrina left in her locker at the gym with an inspirational quote on it and explained she still has the note on her refrigerator.
“You never know what someone’s going through,” says Katrina. “But I almost feel selfish about doing it because I enjoy it so much.”
She hopes that her kindness encourages others to be kind, too.
“It’s never a bad thing to show kindness — no matter how big or small,” Katrina adds.
She says her dad was always doing things for others and he wanted his daughters to learn the importance of that. When asked what her dad would say to her today, she gets emotional.
“I think he would say, ‘I lived my life the way I needed to and I raised my girls to be kind to others,’” Katrina says affectionately. “I think he would be proud.”
Ironically, as we finished our conversation at the local bakery, a barbershop quartet began singing to the employees making their food. It was a perfect, kindness-filled moment that proves kindness is everywhere.
“We all have time in our days to make someone feel special,” Katrina adds. “Being grateful and being kind is so important.”