I’ve been residing in the same overpriced shoebox in the sky – smack dab in the middle of downtown Toronto – for the past three years now.
Over this time, I’ve watched my lovely neighbours move in together, get married and have a baby. They’ve always been great neighbours: never complaining about my dog’s incessant barking and greeting me with a friendly hello and a few words in the hallway each day.
Recently, as I lay down to get to sleep, I can hear their baby crying through the wall at odd hours of the night. It doesn’t bother me (considering I fall asleep to the sound of trains barreling down the tracks outside my window), but I do think about how hard it must be on a couple to make the adjustment of having a newborn baby.
As such, my act of kindness today is purchasing a gift card to a chain of nearby restaurants and slipping it under their door anonymously – simply with a sticker marking “Date Night” on it. I’m probably the last person who should be spewing dating advice (#singleAF), but I do think that continuing to date your spouse is integral to a happy and healthy relationship.
I would like to note that this particular act could be executed with spending zero dollars! One could just as easily offer to babysit and give new parents a night off. But considering that we are really still operating on a “hi-and-bye” basis here, I think offering to babysit their newborn would be crossing a pretttttty awkward line!
And with this, I have completed a full week of acts of kindness.
I’m not sure that I feel different yet. I’m not sure if these acts have had any lasting effect on any of the receivers. But I do know that I will push on and complete 358 more acts. Because I am stubborn as hell.
Total Kindness Cost: $50