April 4, 2010

RAOK Challenge – Day 4


I was chatting with a friend yesterday who said she wasn’t sure if she could join the RAOK Challenge. Her reasoning was that she doesn’t get out much and therefore doesn’t have much opportunity to perform these little deeds of kindness. She then began thinking aloud and mentioned that she could probably do something daily for her kids. Absolutely!

It got me thinking about others who may feel that they, too, can’t be part of the RAOK Challenge because they have limited interactions with the public. If you are reading this, then you can definitely participate if you choose regardless of how much you get out of your house. Simply having a computer and being able to interact with people online via email, chat, messenger, Facebook, Twitter or whatever all else is out there that I don’t know about provides you with opportunities to do your daily RAOK.

Every day my multiple inboxes are filled with more and more junk and commercial mail. And like with my ‘real’ mailbox, when I check my email I’m always so excited when I have a personal message from a friend. It seems that even now sending personal emails are dwindling. Handwritten letters have been waning for years. But now, it seems, that private email is decreasing in favor of the more instant forms of communication.

So, for my friends who are unsure if they can participate because they don’t get out much I propose the following five things you – or anyone – can do as an online RAOK.

Five Online Random Acts of Kindness

1. Send a personal email to a friend or relative.

2. Send an email or comment to a company you feel has done something great. It could be that you really like one of their products, you appreciate their position on the environment, or even that you wanted to let them know about an employee who was helpful.

3. Consider commenting on a blog post. I know that seems like a shameless request, and while I welcome all comments, I just meant to say that bloggers don’t often know that people read what they write if no one comments. So, if you like what you read let the blogger know.

4. Share an interesting article with a someone and let them know why you thought the’d like it.

5. Send FREE online e-cards to friends and family. Children especially enjoy getting these.

Do you have any other suggestions of ways to participate in the RAOK Challenge using online communication? I’d love to hear how you are making the world a little brighter.



Lamb April 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

Happy Easter! I love all the little things mentioned in this post. Most of the time, it seems like you have to do something grand and time consuming to think of something “kind” to do, but doing lots of little things really does make a difference.
Another act for your list? Posting someone’s button on your blog without expecting anything in return. This is especially great if the button supports a cause, like adopting a shelter pet!
Lamb’s Most Recent Post: Beware of (CUTE) Identity Theft this Easter

Sara April 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Lamb, thank you for sharing your idea about the blog button. I’m a somewhat new blogger and I would have thought that posting someone’s button on your blog would be done without expectation of something in return. Thank you, though, for the reminder that it really should be done without wanting something in return.

Country-Fried Mama April 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

Well, I’ll tell you, I love when #3 happens to me.

Someone in front of me in the drive-thru line at Starbucks paid for my drink one morning last year, and I was stunned. It buoyed me for days. What a great RAOK.

Sara April 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Country-Fried Mama, I never realized how important it was to comment on a blog or post I really enjoyed. I’m a terrible lurker, but now really try to comment more because I want my blog friends to know that what they say was read and appreciated.

How cool that you got Starbucks RAoK’d! When I hear about these I often wonder how long it goes on. How can it not make you feel good that a total stranger felt you were important enough to pay for your drink without wanting anything in return.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me. As a new blogger, I truly do appreciate it!

Honey April 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Hi Sara,

What a great post! There are so many little things that we can do for people without too much effort. It kind of reminds me of the movie Robots and the line, “See a need, fill a need.” If you see a need and it is within your power to fill it, fill it.


Sara April 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Honey, Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I never saw the movies Robots but I like the quote.

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