A Random Act of Kindness Can Change a Life


The Gift of Nothing is a beautiful children’s book everyone should familiarize themselves with. It revolves around the holiday, and Cat’s difficulties deciding what to get his buddy, Dog. Eventually, Cat decides to wrap the biggest box he can find, filled with nothing more than air. The reason: There’s no greater gift than the friendship they already have. Cat smothers Dog in a BIG hug.

It’s unexpected and it’s beautiful

Random Acts

It really wasn’t a gift of nothing, was it? It was priceless. The number of delightfully, unanticipated gifts received around the world daily is phenomenal. And I’m not talking birthday gifts. It’s the smile and extra tip you leave the barista at Coffee Bean, or the time you take out of your day to help someone in need – simply because you can.

Receiving a “surprise” theatrical Thor poster in the mail definitely qualifies. Thank you, Lesann Berry.

This week is the Random Acts of Kindness Blogfest, today being the official kick-off. As a result, Immortal Monday will be pushed back to Tuesday, the 28th.

– Welcome to my Random Act of Kindness bestowed upon me –

My life would never be the same…

It began like any other weekend may have. I sat at a table outside of a Starbucks, enjoying time with a good friend. The sun was bright and it warmed my skin. The single difference was this day was about to change my life forever.

I am blessed to have an amazing circle of friends. Christine Ashworth is a star among them. That Saturday as we sipped our Chai tea lattes we discussed my writing path. I wavered, uncertain on the desired writing affiliation I wanted or was right for me. Was RWA the right direction for a YA fantasy writer? Or should I be investing my time and money in SCBWI? Waiting for the husband to weigh in, I was trapped in a holding pattern. Money was tight giving me little wiggle room.

Giving Expands Exponentially


Unprovoked and unexpected, I soon found myself a member of RWA‒Romance Writers of America, and I owe it all to the incredible Christine.  She sponsored my membership that day, thrusting me into a whole new world of fantastic and supportive writers. Without her random act, or gift, I may not have chosen the Romance Writers of America, but I’m now thrilled to be a member.

I will never forget where my journey changed. Someday I will have the chance to pay it forward to another writer in the same way, on the same level. I look forward to that day. Until then, I give what I can of myself when I can.

Thank you, beautiful friend and fellow writer – Christine Ashworth. Thank you, to all my friends, fellow bloggers and writers out there. I wouldn’t be who and what I am today without each and every one of you. Each and every one of you is special, unique, and matter – to others, to yourself, and to the fabric of life, in ways you may never understand or realize.

Have you been the recipient of a random act of kindness? How did it affect you? Will you pay it forward? I challenge us all to pay our random acts of kindness forward for the rest of this week. I bet it makes you feel good. Try taking those actions beyond a week and keep going.

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Check in at The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom to find out more about this Blogfest, the chance to visit more participating and inspiring posts, and to learn all about the cool anthology Wayman Publishing is putting together during this event.

Random Acts of Kindness Anthology


16168564GREAT NEWS! As part of the amazing Random Acts of kindness Event, Wayman Publishing is offering the eBook version of “Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales” FREE from May 27th-31st on Amazon. Remember, it’s one of those books I’ve been published in.  😉  You can read more about it here, plus enjoy more great offers while they last. Grab the book!

Also, the audiobook should be available through iTunes and Amazon within the next 3 weeks! Yay!


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22 thoughts on “A Random Act of Kindness Can Change a Life”

  1. Tameri EthertonTameri Etherton

    I LOVE random acts of kindness ~ more so to give than receive, but both are excellent in my book. Christine is so fabulous for getting you involved with RWA! I have Kate Wood to thank for pulling me into the family. It’s been the single greatest thing I’ve done for my writing.

    Here’s one random act of kindness I like to do on a regular basis ~ when I grab a chai latte from the coffee shop, I purchase one for anyone who needs a cup that day, but doesn’t have enough cash. I never know who the coffee goes to, but that’s okay. I know someone is sipping their drink and grateful for the kindness of others.

    Today I’ll give a little extra to pay for any military folks who come into the shop. A little way of saying thanks.

  2. Sherry EllisSherry Ellis

    Kind people can really make a difference in our lives!

  3. Christine AshworthChristine Ashworth

    It was my pleasure and privilege. The passion in your voice as we talked that day just solidified my decision. Hugs honey!

  4. Beverly FoxBeverly Fox

    The kindness of other writers I’ve met, and continue to meet everyday, is truly awe-inspiring. They are so giving of everything- their writing, their experience trying to get published, learning lessons the hard way which they offer to us for free. I am overwhelmed by it, everyday.

    Thank you for sharing this act with us. This is such a fantastic idea and I’m so happy to have discovered Elise’s site and company.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  5. Emma MeadeEmma Meade

    Love that pic. I’m looking forward to reading your story, Debra.

  6. M. J. JoachimM. J. Joachim

    Friends make random acts of kindness all the time. What a neat story to share for this blogfest!

  7. Kitt CrescendoKitt Crescendo

    It’s great to have a friend who will help push you in the right direction, isn’t it?

  8. Kassandra LambKassandra Lamb

    What a great idea for a blogfest! Friends are the random acts of kindness bestowed upon us by the universe

  9. Diana BeebeDiana Beebe

    What a great friend! Kindness is such an easy thing to express to others. Have a great week!

  10. Kristy K. JamesKristy K. James

    I love hearing about things like that. And I need to look for more opportunities to do random acts of kindness…which means I actually have to leave my house for more than just quick trips to the store. 🙂

    The one thing that comes immediately to mind, when someone did something nice for me, happened last summer. I’d taken my van in for some work on the air conditioner. A gentleman came in to pay for his repairs, walked out…I thought to get in his car…but then he came back in and handed me a coupon for $25.00 off any service the business provided…including my a/c repair. It made me smile for days that a stranger would do something that generous. Not sure where the coupon even came from because it was in a nearby larger city, so I don’t get the paper.

    Anyway, sorry I’m missing your posts. I’m doing SO bad on getting to all the blogs these days. :/

  11. Kristy K. JamesKristy K. James

    Oops….I meant to ask when that picture was taken. Pretty sure the only thing that could get me to jump that high is a mouse or a snake. 🙂

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