Random Acts of Unkindness

We’ve all heard Oprah talk about practicing random acts of kindness–put a coin in the old expired meter and that kind of stuff.  I’ve seen it sung on the back of bumpers and I belong to a group at school whose mission is to be the actors of the kindness.  I like the kindness, I like it a lot.

Where’s the however?  Here it is.  So much of life is random and sometimes it isn’t kind. Like dropping my phone in the pool, shit happens.  I think about stepping on a snail, by accident.  It was totally random, God knows I wouldn’t voluntarily step on a creature–let alone a slimy, squishy, gross kind of creature, but it happened.  It was both random and unkind.

Sometimes you’re the shoe and sometimes you’re the snail. What is that lyric, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug?”  There is something to be said for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  This was brilliantly illustrated on T.V. the other night on an episode of South Park:

It is sometimes hard in times like these to understand God’s way.  Why would he allow 9 innocent people to be run down in the prime of their lives by a senior citizen who perhaps shouldn’t be driving? It is then that we must understand that God’s sense of humor is very different than our own. He does not laugh at the simple man walks into a bar joke. No, God needs complex irony and subtle farcical twists that seem macabre to you and me.  All that we can hope for is that God got his good laugh and a tragedy such as this will never happen again.

Here’s a Friday wish:  may you all be in the right place at the right time!  As I see it, we’ve got at least a 50/50 chance or better…this is the beauty of random.


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