Thirteen Ways to Celebrate Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day!

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One of the postcards Cristina gives out for RAPA/

It’s February 20! Happy Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day! (RAPA) What’s Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day? Cristina M. R. Norcross, its founder, says, “RAPA Day is about coming together, wherever you live, and paying it forward through random gifts of art and poetry.”

About eight years ago, Cristina got the idea of the day when she wrote lines of poetry on the post-it notes Office Max puts out for customers to test markers. She wanted to brighten people’s day. The idea worked. The smiles she saw inspired her to create a holiday and then to recruit “a rebel crew of kindness people,” to spread art or encouraging words.

Cristina M. R. Norcross

Cristina gave several suggestions about how to celebrate this event. She said she puts poems on postcards and bookmarks that she leaves in restaurants and libraries while another friend knits scarves. She pins notes to them which say—if you’re cold, please take me, and then she hangs them on coat racks in public places.

Cristina says, “RAPA is a free and fun event people can do anywhere.”

I know it’s already halfway through February 20th, but I think this holiday is like an adult’s birthday. Never mind its actual date. Birthdays can be celebrated for a week or a month or, really, any time you want.

Thursday Thirteen Polyhedron courtesy of M.C.

Not sure how you’d celebrate? Well, here are some suggestions.

  1. Doodle a funny cartoon to include in your loved one’s lunchbox.
  2. Write a sentence expressing your sentiments about a loved one and then leave it on his/her pillow, door or window. You get the idea.
  3. Buy a bouquet of tulips or daffodils and then share them with neighbors.
  4. Write a letter to a friend.
  5. Snap a humorous photo and share it.
  6. Take a picture of your pet and text it to someone who loves pets.
  7. Pick up a bag of your favorite candies and hand them out to people you know.
  8. Compliment yourself, write it down and post it on your mirror. You deserve love too.
  9. Write some kind words on the box of cereal or the can of beans you donate in the grocery store’s food barrels.
  10. Make a point of smiling at people you meet especially those who aren’t used to being noticed like: fast food workers, road maintenance engineers, and store clerks.
  11. If you can afford it, pay for the coffee, meal or cart of groceries for the person behind you in line.
  12. Leave your favorite paperback in a public waiting room along with note inviting someone to enjoy it.
  13. Tell someone else about RAPA.

That’s what I’m doing. I’m also looking for other ideas for celebrating. Do you have any thoughts? Please share.

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