Random acts of kindness

David F. Rooney

Small packages of kindness are popping up around town courtesy of the fine ladies who are members of Revelstoke Chapter No. 15 of the Order of the Eastern Star. I know because I received one the other day when I walked into Conversations.

“This is for you,” Conversations proprietor Patty Campbell said as she handed me a rectangular object in a carefully stapled brown paper bag.

“What is it?”

“I don’t know but it was left here for you and I was supposed to give it to you if you came in.”

Shaking the sealed bag produced a rattling sound. but otherwise no hint as to the contents. I did, however, know that I was the recipient of a random act of kindness, courtesy of a classy woman who shall remain nameless. She’s also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and had e-mailed me to say I should drop by Conversations because there would be something there for me.

Inside the bag was a rectangular package wrapped in lime-green paper printed with aphorisms about charity and kindness. And that was inside a cellophane bag covered in smiley faces. A tag said merely, Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb. 15 — 21, 2010.

The unexpected gift, which made me smile, was a box of Neilson Dark Buds. Mmmm… dark chocolate… my favourite kind of brown gold.

This delightful little package contained a much-appreciated random act of kindness by one of the ladies in the Order of the Eastern Star. Random Acts of Kindness Week runs Feb. 15-21. Thank you very, very much. David F. Rooney photo

What I like about this — besides the delicious chocolate, which I’ll enjoy with my partner, Sue — is the deliberate act of kindness that set a kind of psychological standard for the day. Start the day like this and you’re bound to feel upbeat and well-intentioned towards others for the rest of it. The feeling is not dissimilar to the sensation I get when, in heavy traffic, another driver is deliberately courteous. My inclination, then, is to be just as courteous towards others throughout the day. And in a civilization that so often seems to focus on greed and whining, any act of kindness really stands out.

I don’t know the reason why I was selected to receive this tasty treasure and I won’t question it. Thank you for this. You made my day.