The First Level of kindness acknowledgment (and what will really put our club on the map) is the handing out of our cards to recognize AOK’s when we see them. Each member will have a dozen or so cards and be encouraged to acknowledge those they see who have positive attitudes and perform acts of kindness. We will also encourage those who receive these cards to pass them on to others.
As we grow in our ability to acknowledge acts of kindness we will begin to populate this page with more and more examples. Each of our members has cards they will hand out as they observe acts of kindness. These cards have our logo on one side and a thank you message on the other. We also suggest they pass it on as they see other AOK’s.
Do you have a card story to tell?
Send it to aaokclub@gmail at and we will include it.
“Hi, I couldn’t help but notice that you have a great attitude (or just did something very kind, etc) and when I see that, I always like to recognize these efforts by giving you two of these cards – one to recognize you for what you’ve just done and the other for you to give to someone else. That way we can help spread a culture of kindness together. Thank you again for your attitude/kindness.”
Since we have been doing this, I am aware of the importance of doing kind things to people. I even gave myself a card (from one pocket to another) when I removed a fallen branch from a parked car and someone shouted, "Thanks for your kindness!" I now find more things I personally can do for others (running out of my own cards). So finding kindness within yourself is part of the "culture" we are trying to create - Give yourself a card a day.
Hi All. I just want to share a nice experience I had toady. As some of you know, I am a sub driver for Community Watch. Today I was patrolling in The Village of De La Vista and noticed an elderly couple in front of their home. She was just bringing her husband out so he could sit in a chair while she worked in the garden. I decided to just stop and chat with them. He was obviously experiencing some problems but was so happy when I walked up and shook his hand. I had a wonderful conversation with them and they were so happy that someone was thoughtful enough to spend time with them. I was so moved by the kindness that she showed toward him that I gave her a card and told her about our club. When I walked back to the truck, I had trouble holding back the tears. Then I decided to take John Maiorino's advice and give myself a card.
I recently gave out an AAOK card at our Publix grocery store. The older gentleman in line in front of me was giving the cashier a hard time. She could not do anything right. The store didn't have what he wanted and prices were too high, etc., and it was all her fault. Through it all, the cashier just kept apologizing and asking him how she could make things better for him. She stayed polite and engaged event hough he was being very rude. After he left, she let out a big sigh and we had a god laugh. I told her she showed him such kindness and her attitude stayed so positive (I, personally, would have strangled the guy. He really did not deserve the kindness she gave him). I gave her a card and said I hoped with all my heart that her day would get better. She said, "For me? Oh really?" She was so surprised when I explained our purpose in acknowledging acts of kindness, and how she could pass the card on. She said, "OK, thank you!" There was a line behind me and I could tell she wanted to get back to her customers but she was so appreciative.