What do you know it rained again all week (well just about), so this week I had to improvise again at the last minute for this weeks Be The Change Act. I can’t tell you how happy that made me, because this one really touched my heart.
With all the rain, came the wind and it apparently blew a good amount of trash over into the cemetery a few blocks from my house. It made me sad because I can only imagine a loved one coming by to pay their respects and seeing the trash around them. So after taking Seamus for a walk I grabbed a trash bag and a pair of heavy duty construction gloves I use for yard work, I walked back over to the cemetery to clean it up. I tried to be very respectful (catholic guilt) when walking around.
I began to pull harder and even used my bare hands to remove all the grass and dirt I could to reveal his plaque and I though to myself, this is why I am here. This is why it rained again, so I had to do this act. Yes, it may just be picking up trash but I also got to uncover an almost completely covered plaque for a hero. I said a prayer to him and thanked him for his service. Regardless of what you believe, today I felt grateful for at least in this moment he was not forgotten, he was honored even if just by me, and hopefully now by all of you who are reading.
I am so grateful to have picked up almost a full bag of trash but don’t be discouraged if you don’t happen to have a cemetery with trash covering it, because that just doesn’t happen everyday. There are a lot of local charities that go around to help clean up a local park, school, roadways, and trails though. Making your neighborhood clean from trash is just as important, and a Random Act worth doing.
Are you considering doing your own Act of Kindness? If not, what is stopping you? Grab a button if you would like to spread the word. The change that we seek in others has to first come from within. This year I hope you decide to Be the Change You Seek.