One of the first big random acts of kindness I did was years ago - I was watching TV (shows how long ago that was, I haven't had TV in years) and heard the story of a young women who put herself through highschool while she was homeless and then made it to Harvard. The story touched me, and I sent her a check via the TV station for $100. I could barely afford it at the time, but I figured she needed it more. For days I wondered if I had done the right thing, then I found out she cashed the check on Christmas Eve. That brought me assurance at the time.
I just heard her on NPR, and one of the things she said was that all the gifts she got at the time taught her that people could be good. And now she is running her own non-profit Manifest Living.
As she says, you don't have to do it all. You just have to feel like you have done your part. I guess that's what keeps me going.
I'm going to buy her book.