April 15, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge – Day 15: US Tax Day


Welcome to Day 15 of the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. I’m thrilled at the number of people who have decided to join me and Valerie in our goal to find small but meaningful ways to spread kindness. If you haven’t already grabbed our button, please do so and let everyone know you’re doing your part to make each day as nice as can be not just for you but for others as well.

Today, in the US, procrastinating Americans (and others who are legally obligated to file US Taxes) will be hurriedly tabulating and cross-checking tax forms to ensure correctness. Most, fortunately, will eFile and spare us the mad dash to the post office at ten minutes to midnight. But who in their right mind thinks it’s cool putting the works kindness and taxes together. Me! And, why not.

In the spirit of all things kind, I hope you will find a moment to see the joy in this annual spring rite. Rather than curse the US tax system, government or revenue employees be thankful that you have a reason to file taxes. Appreciate that you have the knowledge and ability to complete these forms and do so without undertaking any of the varieties of self-inflicted death.

And if you happen to be heading out to the nearest post office, leave in sufficient time so you don’t have to break any traffic laws to ensure timely delivery. Don’t cut off other cars because you’re in a hurry. Don’t curse anyone because you’re out at nearly midnight and you’re cranky and tired.

Instead, say thank you to the postal worker who is waiting to take your return and deliver it swiftly to the IRS. But if you have already filed your taxes and are sitting back laughing at us procrastinator, offer us a gentle smile and pretend to know our pain. For one day you may be in the same boat and you don’t want us throwing you overboard.

I eFiled last night. When did you file your taxes?

And let us now all breathe a collective sigh of relief!


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