The world can be a scary place these days. There is no shortage of bad news and everyone is fighting their own battle. So I always try to be kind to everyone, but these days we need more than that. Random acts of kindness are a great way to bring something positive into someone’s life.
Spark Hope Tag
Recently Soo Hyun wrote a post about random acts of kindness and tagged me in it. She was inspired seeing a woman buy a homeless man a yogurt drink in Korea. Not just the fact that she bought him a drink but she showed compassion giving it to him. It gave her hope, so she decided to create the spark hope tag to help spread the love. Once you are tagged you must do your own act of kindness and then tag others to continue the trend. Thank Soo Hyun for the inspiration and for tagging me.
Since this is a travel blog, I wanted my random act of kindness to be travel related. I decided that I wanted to do something nice for the flight attendants on my Cathay Pacific long haul flight from JFK to Hong Kong. Of course without flight attendants, the travel we do would not be possible.
Flight attendants do not have an easy job. Their schedules can be brutal and constantly changing. Customers don’t listen and sometimes take out their frustrations on them. Plus they are undercompensated, although the flight benefits are a nice perk. One of my college friends, Julie, recently became a flight attendant and the stories she has told me have really made me appreciate all they do.
So for my flight, I decided I would get a box of chocolates and a thank you card to give to the flight attendants. The morning of my flight, I picked up a box of Lindt truffles and a thank you card from Duane Reade, it cost me $20.12. Nothing too fancy. It is more about the gesture and the thought than the money spent.
I didn’t wrap the chocolates as I was worried it might cause issues going through security. Inside the card I hand wrote “Thanks for all that you do” and signed my name.
I waited until after the first meal service when the flight attendants were not busy and walked up to the crew area to give them my gift. When I handed over the gift, the flight attendant gave was confused at first. “What is this?” she asked. I told her it was chocolates for the crew as a thank you. She asked for my name, so I wrote it down for her. I could tell it made her really happy, so in my mind I thought that would be it. So, I went back to my seat. Then soon after, another flight attendant came by with some desserts from first class as a thank you gesture to me. I really was not expecting that!
It didn’t stop there either. I did not count how many flight attendants stopped by seat to personally thank me. Later, the head flight attendant stopped by and gave me a card signed by all the flight attendants thanking me. To say they appreciated the gesture is an understatement! I couldn’t believe how gracious they were.
So looking back on it, my random act of kindness not only made a big impact on the flight crew but it really made my day as well. I really did not think it was going to make the impact on them that it did.
More Random Acts of Kindness
I do always try to be kind and do things for people I care about, but this experience has motivated me to try to do more for other people that I don’t really know. It really did not take much effort or expense on my part, but look at the payoff. Especially with all the hate that exists in this world today, we could all use a little more love and random acts of kindness.
So today, I tag myself, Katherine, Russell, all of our readers, as well as Katie from Untold Morsels, Angie from Feet Do Travel, Vicky from Eat Sleep Love Travel, Stephanie from Ginger on the Go, and Karen from Wanderlustingk.
So let’s get out there and do something nice for someone today! I would love to hear about your random acts of kindness in the comments.
The Weekly Postcard
We are happy to co-host the Weekly Postcard Linkup. Everyone is invited to join us and share their travel blog posts here beginning at 12 p.m. (PST) / 8 p.m. (GMT) Friday November 25th. The instructions are below, but if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. You can also check out last week’s posts here. Happy Travels!