On October, 2012, the city of San Francisco's new check out bag ordinance officially came into effect. It requires that all retailers with the exception of restaurants, bakeries and take-out joints to switch from plastic bags to paper or compostable ones and of course, should you need a bag you will be charged a dime for each sack. I love that our City is more environmentally friendly and of course I applaud the use of reusable totes which is all part of my own philosophy of recycle, repurpose, and reuse. All good but a few weeks back, I was innocently shopping and in my rush, I forgot my reusable tote but I become the recipient of a random act of kindness as a stranger behind me, seeing that I had forgotten my reusable bag gave me hers. She saw that I had a ton of groceries and though I could have simply just bought 2 paper bags, she insisted that I have one of hers. It was a small and infinitely simple gesture but it was truly a lovely gesture. One that I didn't forget.
Because of this strangers lovely and generous gesture, it got me thinking and it's inspired me to try to live my own life by doing these acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Today, I saw an opportunity to buy a simple McDouble for a down-on-his luck older man looking for a warm meal and instead of just pulling away through the drive thru, it seemed perfectly fitting to do something for another human being. Often through the year I like to drop off some flowers to a neighbor. This week, Dogpatch Saloon was the lucky recipient of bright red Holly branches. I've been neighbors with them for easily 9 years and it took me that many years to meet the owners so it just seemed like the right thing to do. And of course, it's fun surprising a client with a 2nd bouquet or something in that vein. I think a random act of kindness is a reminder of our humanity.
Given what has happened during this year including the many tragedies like the Sandy Hook Shooting or the Movie Theater Tragedy, I have learned that being a part of a community means that each and every person can help foster positivity. For me, giving a hug to a neighbor, picking up a little trash, sharing some beautiful flowers but most especially surprising someone with an unexpected random act of kindness is the simplest gift I can do.
In this season of giving, I hope you too will be inspired to find your own way to be a vessel for positivity. Happy Holidays from my family to yours.