“Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better.”
— Maya Angelou
We love this sentiment by Maya Angelou because it reminds us that we can always change and evolve as we learn new information. Our initiative AMOK (Annual Melee of Kindness) has for many years served as a yearly reminder of our biggest goal: to spread as many acts of kindness as possible in a short period of time. What we have learned, however, is that the word “amok” does not evoke a sense of kindness all over the world.
In Germany and other countries, “amok” has a much more violent connotation. While other parts of the world may interpret this word in the jovial manner it is intended, we do not want any part of Random Acts’ mission to be misunderstood. We are so thankful for this opportunity to learn and improve.
And now that we know better, we can do better.
Same celebration of kindness, but with a new name that we think better defines the true intention of this event. When we came up with a new name for the event, we thought of all the brightness each participant brings to their community. We know that when people witness acts of kindness, they are inspired to do the same. Each kind act can be a catalyst for untold good.
We want all of you to ignite Sparks of Kindness in your communities and all over the world.
What does a Spark of Kindness look like? It could look like helping to refill your local food pantry. It could look like donating your time to pick up garbage at the beach. It could look like volunteering to walk your neighbor’s dog. The possibilities are endless, but the value is immeasurable. Keep an eye on our social media for more ideas as we ramp up to the event!