This week, before leaving for my cousin’s wedding in Georgia, I crossed a few more items off my kind acts and volunteering bucket list. I got the idea to bring old magazines to a hospital or doctor’s waiting room from one of the first pages on Google that lists suggestions for possible acts of kindness.
A few weeks ago, after I’d finished some of the books I brought for vacation, I figured I’d head over to Barnes and Noble and get some light reading. Unless we’re on vacation and offer them to someone else who is around, my mom and I will typically throw out our magazines after reading them; although it’s a pretty easy task, I’ll admit it never crossed my mind to donate them to a waiting room, but when I read about this idea, I really liked it.
The other day I headed over to the local hospital and walked into their waiting room. I walked toward the receptionist, a fairly young blonde woman, and carried the three magazines. “Hi, this is sort of a weird question, but I was wondering if you’d want these for your waiting room,” I said.
“Sure, that would be great,” she said. “Sorry they’re a little tattered,” I added, after re-assessing their post-beach condition. “Oh, it’s okay, I think I’ll read them first,” she said laughing. “Thank you.”
Although I thought her response was pretty comical, I realized that even if she doesn’t wind up putting them on a table in the waiting room (although I hope she does!), I might have made her day a little more exciting.
Even so, I left the hospital smiling. Although I’m going to risk sounding cliché, this small act added some happiness to my day.
Has anyone else done something similar or do you plan on adding this one to your bucket list? I’d love to hear about your experiences!