Random Acts of Kindness Day: What Kindness Will You Show Someone?



“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.” Fred Rogers

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, the culmination of Random Acts of Kindness Week. My hope is that our world was a little nicer this week, as people reached out to one another in kindness. I think of it as that well known ripple effect, when you toss a pebble into a pool of water, and the circles reach out far and wide. Hopefully the random acts performed here and there are rippling all over our neighborhoods and world.

Did you perform an act of kindness? Did someone do something nice for you? Share with us in the comments.

If you haven’t tried showing kindness to someone this week, there’s still today (and tomorrow, and the next day….). Below are several suggestions. Check out our entries on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for more.

  • If someone you know lost a loved one in the past year, send then a note or some flowers to let them know you are thinking about him or her as they mourn the loss
  • Take a container of homemade soup to a sick friend (see my easy recipe below)
  • Plant a few flowers where others can enjoy them
  • Shop at a locally-owned business and find something encouraging to say to the owner
  • Write a few inspirational sayings on cards and leave them in public places for others to find

Here’s my act of kindness for you: I’m sharing my easy and economical vegetable soup recipe. You can make the soup your own with additions, or add protein with beans or meat.

Pam’s Vegetable Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

6 cups vegetable stock (you can use water, or another kind of stock, or part water, part stock)

1 14-oz. can chopped tomatoes

1 cup (or more) broccoli

1 cup green beans

1/2 small cabbage head, thinly sliced

salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oil in soup pot on medium heat. Add onions and sauté until onions just start to turn brown, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and continue to brown onions, about 2 minutes. Add carrots and celery, and continue stirring occasionally, until carrots and celery start to brown. If you want to add any other raw, hard vegetables, add those at this point, and stir until everything is well combined. Add the stock or water, and some salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pot, turn up the heat to high, bringing the soup to a boil. Once the soup is boiling, turn down the heat to a low simmer, and cook until the carrots and other vegetables can be pierced easily with a fork. Add the broccoli and beans, or any other vegetables you want, or have on hand. Cook for about 3 minutes, and then add the cabbage. Cook for a few more minutes, until broccoli is tender, not mushy. Adjust the seasoning and serve.

You can add almost anything to this soup. Canned beans, rice, pasta, cooked chicken, etc. If you have leftover cooked vegetables, add those at the very end and cook until heated through. The soup freezes beautifully. Share some with a friend in a recyclable container, enjoy some for dinner, and freeze the rest for another meal.

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