Random Acts of Kindness: Anonymous Edition
Written by: Jen Johnson
Unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
A Wednesday night group I meet with gave a challenge for the week; do something nice for someone, but do it completely anonymously. Not only can we not tell the receiver of the good deed, but we can’t tell ANYONE. It’s harder than you think.
First, I tried to donate some clothes to a teenager in need, but I had to get the address from the woman requesting the help. Because she then knew who I was, the teen ended up writing a very sweet thank you note. Not anonymous.
I tried filling a bag of groceries for a friend’s church, which is collecting for a food drive, but she posted about it on Facebook, and I commented that I would help. Not anonymous.
I cleaned my 9-year-old’s bedroom while she was gone to grandma and grandpa’s house, but within minutes of her being home, I inadvertently said, “did you notice how nice your room looks? I did that for you”. Not anonymous.
And now, I’m sharing all of this here. Not anonymous.
The difficult part is that it feels GOOD to share happy news and sweet stories. The only reason I can handle social media these days is for the “feel good” inspirational stories (and puppy videos, but I digress). Why would we want to hide that? Well, maybe, just maybe, instead of a quick, warm fuzzy when we share a good deed, it’s possible staying anonymous provides an even bigger reward.
Did I succeed in the anonymous random act of kindness challenge? I can’t tell. Anonymous.
Jen Johnson co-hosts The Show with Jen and Truta on KC102.1 in Kansas City weekday mornings from 6-10 am. She lives in Overland Park with her husband and two daughters (ages 9 and 7). Random facts about Jen: she was an extra in the movie Derailed (with Jennifer Aniston), she lived in Alaska for a summer, she was a traffic reporter for NBC in Chicago, and she tore her ACL playing basketball in college. She’s passionate about fund-raising and participating in Walk MS (multiple sclerosis), Cure SMA’s (spinal muscular atrophy) Walk-n-Roll, and raising money for Variety KC. Twitter/Instagram @jenkc1021