This week it is Random Act of Caring week, and I chose a RAC to demonstrate throughout the week. I chose #20 – Talk to a shy person who is by themselves at a social event.
In my church youth group, we have a new girl who just started attending our youth group. She came into the Youth room, and looked very shy, and didn’t know anyone. I saw that she was alone, so I went over and started talking to her. She looked very happy when I started talking to her, because she wasn’t alone anymore. I continued to talk to her for a while, and when it was time for our youth group to play a wide game, it was in partners, so I asked her to be my partner so she wouldn’t be left out. She was super grateful, and even said to me “thank you for being my partner, because I don’t know anyone else.” I felt very good for being kind to her, and she said that she is going to come back to our youth group again next week, so I hope we can become friends.
What did you notice about the people who benefited from the RAC?
– I noticed that she was very happy for my company, and was thankful that she now new someone at the youth group. I also noticed that because I was kind to her, she was kind to everyone else, and so they were also kind to her.
What did you notice about yourself?
– I realized that I felt super good inside, after being friendly and kind, and I knew that I must have made her day better. I am going to try to always talk to new people or shy people, because they will be very happy when you talk to them, and it makes me feel really good, knowing I helped someone make a new friend.
How did performing a RAC contribute to your personal awareness and responsibility?
– This RAC helped me be aware that there are lots of shy people around in public places or at social events, and that they want someone to come over and talk to them, but they are just a bit scared to start a conversation. I now feel like I am more aware of the responsibility that I should have, and that I should always be looking out for those people who are alone.
Did you enjoy this RAC? Would you do it again? Would you change it, if so, how?
– I really enjoyed this RAC, and would definitly do it again, and I am going to make a personal goal, to try to always be looking out for those people who need someone to talk to if they are alone at a social event, or in any public place. The next time I see someone who looks shy and lonely, I will go and talk to them, and start a good conversation, and just try to make their day better, by making a new friend.
How did it contribute to your leadership skills?
– This RAC contributed to my leadership skills, by encouraging me to be a leader, and stepping out of the way to talk to someone who is shy or lonely. This has helped me be a supportive leader, by trying to include everyone.