When I first decided to do this, one of my goals was to do something different each day of the 366 days. However, after thinking about it, there are some things that I have planned that would be more impactful if they happened more often. One that I will be sure to repeat multiple times is today's random act of kindness (or RAK for those that prefer brevity). Today I wrote a letter to a soldier that is currently serving in Afghanistan. I wanted to let them know how thankful I am for the life I have due to the sacrifices they and others have made. I wanted to let her/him know that although it may seem lonely overseas, there are people here back home thinking about them everyday. I wanted to let them know that their bravery is unparalleled. I wanted to let them know that I would be extremely proud if my daughter grows up with just a fraction of their will, strength, and heart.
The last thing I wanted to do with 366 Random Acts was to get preachy and tell people to do certain things, but I do have a favor to ask. Regardless of your thoughts on war or political stance, please take a few minutes to show your support for the members of our armed forces. You can send a care package, send a hand written letter, or even send a quick email. There are a number of websites dedicated to helping you do this (www.anysoldier.com, www.letterstosoldiers.org, www.operationshoebox.com, there are many others you can find as well). So, please, if you get a few minutes, jump on one of these sites because it will go a long way with our men and women overseas.