Saturday, February 17, 2018 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. How beautiful is a day dedicated to kindness? As you think about how you will celebrate this awesome day, I want to give you a few ideas. Of course you could always pay for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop or fast food joint but that is so 2016. This year I want to encourage you to get involved as a family with The Kindness Rocks Project.
It’s a fun family project, find or buy some flat rocks, river rocks work great, do a base coat of paint, markers to decorate with an uplifting or inspirational saying, seal with a clear coat or Mod Podge outdoor sealant. Once dry place them in public places where people can be inspired. There are a few more ideas and safety rules about where you can and cannot leave your rocks so make sure you check out the link above for that information.
I decorated 5 rocks over the weekend and then on Monday I enlisted Ron and Jordan’s help in placing the rocks around our area. Jordan left his rocks outside his chiropractor’s office, and outside the church he works at. Ron left his at 7-11, and McDonald’s, and I left mine at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. Take a picture when you leave your rocks and then you can add them to the map on The Kindness Rocks Project website.
Same Kind of Different as Me
Another way to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day is to watch a movie all about acts of kindness. Same Kind of Different as Me is rated PG13 and may not be suitable for the youngest family members. “An inspiring, beautiful story about love” (Dave Morales, Fox TV Houston), Same Kind of Different as Me arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 20, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Based on The New York Times best-selling book, and recipient of the Dove Foundation seal of approval for ages 12+, Same Kind of Different as Me follows successful art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear, Heaven Is For Real) and his wife Debbie (Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’s Diary), who seemingly have the perfect life. But when their faith and family are tested, an unlikely bond with a homeless drifter (Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond) leads them on a remarkable journey that forges an everlasting friendship. “Loaded with surprising twists and turns” (Jim Ferguson, KGUN9 ABC Tucson), Same Kind of Different as Meshows how a simple act of kindness can change everything.
The Same Kind of Different as Me Blu-ray includes over an hour of behind-the-scenes bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes, featurettes, and commentary by director Michael Carney, writer Ron Hall and writer Alexander Foard. The DVD includes the feature film only.
Mom Maven’s Movie Review
I was familiar with the story behind the book and movie Same Kind of Different as Me. Ron and Denver were guests on our local Christian Radio station’s morning show and became friends with my friends, the DJs. I never did get around to reading the book so I was glad to have a chance to watch the movie. The movie wasn’t quite what I was expecting, it was mostly a look back at how an art dealer and an angry homeless man became friends, helped each other and the homeless community. I never realized the huge part Debbie, Ron’s wife played in their becoming friends. It is a well done, inspiring movie that shows how simple acts of kindness can change a person’s life.
Whatever you do I hope you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th and the rest of the year too.