For some unknown reason, when The Trio woke up around 3 a.m., this morning, Me asked, “Do you rememember our Boy Scout days over 60 years ago? Myself replied, “what … I can’t even remember what I did yesterday!” I joined in by saying, “Indeed I do. We were expected to do at least one good deed a day.” Hammerhead felt that thought really “hit the nail on the head” and deserved an acronym. Eagle-Eyes thought about it a minute and suggested the team consider a group of letters that didn’t spell a real word, but is used often to express a feeling … AOK … which, in this case, stands for “Acts of Kindness.” The team members went to their computers and searched the Internet for meanings of AOK. Here are two results.
“A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual. The phrase may have been coined by Anne Herbert, who claims to have written “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat at a Sausalito restaurant in 1982 or 1983. Either spontaneous or planned, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities.” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.) There is even an organization that promotes AOKs … HelpOthers.org — kindness is contagious. Welcome to a portal dedicated to small acts of kindness. Learn how to get involved.
• Inspiring Stories: Read personal stories people have shared about real-life acts of kindness and get inspired to pay it forward
• Kindness Ideas: Want to do something kind, but just can’t think of what to do? You’re in luck! Get lots of creative kindness ideas here and you can search based on whatever themes inspire you.
Although this organization is located in Providence, RI … it uses A-O-K as its name. Incidentally, The Trio spent a few of their early childhood years living on Sackett Street, near Roger Williams Park. Their Boy Scout years were in Baltimore, MD.
Acts of Kindness, P.O. Box 29182, Providence, RI 02909http://www.A-O-K.org
This list could go on for pages. Some of these links asked for $$$$ in order to receive more information and/or daily reminders. All The Trio wanted to do was to remind our readers about some of the lessons we were taught as children and to remind us that every community can be greatly enhanced if its citizens performed AOK, whether it be with their family members, among their neighbors, or within the larger community. The results are priceless!