Late last summer I started asking friends, colleagues, and readers to tell me about random acts of kindness. Tell me about a time a stranger turned around the course of a dismal day. Tell me about a time you reached out to help someone you didn't even know. Tell me how that made you feel.
And you did.
And I took note.
And I didn't know what I would do with all those little anecdotes, but I knew if I collected, cataloged, organized, and displayed them nicely, someone might want to see them. What is the old expression? "If you can't be good news, be the first to share good news."
So that is what I am doing: I am sharing.
A couple of months ago I decided that I would make my 2013 New Year's Resolution to share one act of kindness each day. Come Thanksgiving I started posting on a dry run basis...now it's nearly Christmas, and even though the official 'launch date' is still January 1, recent events have made me realize that some things shouldn't wait. So go on and be one of the first people to take a look at my new baby: I Believe in Strangers.
I can't tell you how excited I am to share this with you guys. Except for the handful of friends who contributed to the existing content, you guys are the first to know. I should probably wait until Jan 1 but I'm feeling impulsive. It's Christmas. That'll happen.
In case someone was wondering -- this second adventure is not going to conflict with or diminish auntpeaches.com. No, sir. It's just a sibling operation. Having a second kid does not lessen one's love for the first.
For the foreseeable future, I will not be making any money off of I Believe. No ads or sponsors. I want to keep it simple. It is not a business. It is an opportunity to share. Period.
And now, this is the part where I need your help: If you did not join in the first round of people telling me about your own experiences with random acts of kindness, please do. Then tell others about I Believe as well. The more people who see it, the more people contributing, the more we have to share.
Yes, there is a lot of sharing going on up in here.