There are some people out there that just amaze me- some famous, some ordinary, and some are close family and friends.
This woman is not famous [well, she’s not a big celebrity, but maybe someday] and I am not related to her, nor have I ever talked to her… But I did read about her in one of Oprah’s featured articles and was instantly inspired. Her name is Patience Salgado.
Ms. Salgado is a 35-year-old mother of four and is also the name behind the oh so popular blog, Kindness Girl. She describes herself as a “soul partner. playful mama. kindness worker. flip flop lover. deep feeler.” On her blog, she shares stories about the good deeds she engages in on a frequent basis and encourages others to do so themselves. For example, on the first day of classes on a college campus, Ms. Salgado wrote inspirational messages on the sidewalks such as “Don’t be shy, we’re all new friends!”
She attributes her generosity to her upbringing, “We delivered meals, we visited hospitals; that was just who my parents were.” Now that she’s all grown up, she’s passing the kindness to her children… One of the family’s favorite thing to do as a random act of kindness is a spin-off of the famous “ding-dong-ditch” routine: they leave a gift on someone’s doorstep [but they stick around for the person to see their gift].
Ms. Salgado shares a few examples of easy-to-do deeds in “4 Small (and Secret!) Acts of Generosity You Can Try Today“:
- Tie a message [“It’s going to be okay!” is a favorite of Ms. Salgado] to a flower and leave it in a public place.
- Get your kids involved: Invite them to give balloons to other children at your local playground, or to leave sweet notes in popular library books before returning them.
- Next time you let a four-letter word fly, donate to Ms. Salgado’s online communal swear jar. All proceeds are donated to charity!
- During back-to-school season, leave a gift certificate for an ice cream cone in the pocket of new backpacks at a department store.
Have a good weekend and remember to do a good deed!
Question: Do you perform at least one good deed a day?
Question: What was one nice thing you did for someone or something today?