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    Laurie Calkins
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6th Act of Kindness

random acts of kindness

Not just any water…

I am an avid runner and try to at least get in 25 miles a week.  Hard runs especially on HOT and HUMID days if you know anything about Washington DC weather.

Here I am trucking up the hill I hate most rocking out to my favorite running music playlist with Pink, David Nail, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Live, Bruno Mars and many more saying to myself I am not going to make it up this damn hill which I literally say every time. Then I envision my Grandmother running behind me saying “get your ass up the hill and don’t quit for goodness sake” and she is in heaven. A little weird but true. That is what gets me not to stop and actually run faster lol… Whatever it takes right?

If you are a runner you know what I am talking about!

Well, I get to the top of the hill coming out of a fast run, my face red as an apple with sweat pouring off me looking as if I might keel over at any moment and at the Church they are having “Police National Night Out”.

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I am walking through the crowd trying to get to the street to cross and I hear a voice saying “hey, runner girl” do you need a water?

Up until this moment I had been frantically thinking throughout my run about these challenges and what will be next along with my Nana screaming at me not to quit and to run faster all while singing out load to my favorite songs with yes people staring at me. If you know me well enough you know I do not give a darn what people think and I beat to my own drum. I am a quirky little thing. So,  I am singing out load to David Nails “Whatever She’s Got” and the voice is in back of me so I whip my head around to see if someone else is running but lo and behold she points at me and says “yes you”.

Immediately my mind is in a whirlwind of OMG another “Random Act of Kindness” bestowed upon me. Because the whole idea of looking of what I can do is floating around in the land of Laurie I forget that others are doing it everyday as well without even knowing it. Of course in all of my excitement I am in a fast walk,  almost a run with a huge smile on my face,  eye to eye and finally when I reach her I just hugged her. She was a little taken back at first until I told her my story and what we are doing and she just said “well then, it’s just not another water”.

She got it and understood. It is the smallest things, like a bottled water that matter and the little things you do and say to brighten someones day.

It changes things and starts a ripple effect. I hope that this journey we are taking together brightens your day and that you recognize the wonderful things people do for you and then you turn around and give love to others.

What a day this has been… I ran all the way home with a smile on my face rocking out to wonderful music and spending a little time with my Nana. Who could ask for more…

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    Laurie Calkins
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