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|Posted by: Macfive 06-Apr-2005, 08:51 PM|
| Ok, call me a romantic, a dreamer or even an optimist! I am so tired of hearing about all of the troubles in the world. Let's hear about some good things!
Have you done something for someone lately? A family member, a friend or a stranger? Post your story here and start spreading the good news!
|Posted by: WizardofOwls 07-Apr-2005, 08:31 PM|
| I can't think of anything I'VE done to relate here, but I thought I'd relate an act of someone ELSE'S kindness to me!
My wife and I have been having some finacnial problems for about a year. Between sicknesses (lost work, doctor visits, prescriptions, etc) and unexpected bills, we just can't seem to get our feet solidly back under us. Recently, my wife changed jobs. She left Wendy's about a week ago and went to our local Wal-Mart making $2 more an hour and moving form part-time to full-time, so we're hoping things will turn around for us now.
But back to the act of kindness...
During the worst of the problems last summer, we barely even had enough money to pay our bills, much less get groceries. We were jsut barely getting by. And getting anything extra was out of the question. At the plant where I work, we get our check stubs every Thursday, but we can't actually use the money until Fridays due to direct deposit.
At work we each are assigned our own personal lockers for safety shoes, safety glasses and other personal belongings. These lockers have vents to let the lockers air out.
Well, apparently I have a special friend at work, because every Thursday for about two months, $20 would just mysteriously turn up in my locker! Someone must have been inserting it through the slots in my locker door! I never found out who the mysterious money came from, and apparently they don't want to be found out, so I'm leaving it alone. But I thank God for my friend! I refused to use that money for necessities! We split it three ways between me, my wife and daughter just so that we get ourselves a little something! Boy, it sure put smiles back on our faces during a really hard time!
Thank you, Lord, for such thoughtful friends!
|Posted by: Rindy1202 07-Apr-2005, 08:54 PM|
| Good Idea Paul
That is a wonderful story Wizard.. Really is.
As far as myself I make it a point to look at people in the eye, smile and use thank you's and please. The other day, I saw a elderly woman in a motorized cart trying to reach something. I got it for her. Just the look in her eyes, I will never forget. Its a fine line though, I have found some people just don't want your help, but most do. As they age they like the company and interaction. I hope one day if I reach an old age, there will be someone to smile and help me.
|Posted by: Shadows 07-Apr-2005, 09:33 PM|
| An act of kindness can be as simple as a smile to a passing stranger...
...or holding the door open for whoever is coming in behind you...
Chivalry and kindness do seem to be things missing in todays society... but I still see them happening on a regular basis, they just don't make the news!
Good topic Paul!
Last year my immediate family , instead of giving gifts to each other at Yule ( Christmas ) arranged through a local church to have a "Grand Feast" cooked and delivered to one of the poorest families in our town.
I can only imagine the looks on the faces of the recieving family, we chose to remain annonomous.
|Posted by: RivDan 08-Apr-2005, 12:51 PM|
|I love being kind to people. Although I can't remeber everythng I do at the top of my head. I remember picking up a cell phone yesterday for someone who droped it on the escalator. I dedicate my life to doing things unto my Lord. I enjoy especially being good to my honey, whom God sent to me for me to marry. It is God who bonds us together.|
|Posted by: Macfive 12-Apr-2005, 05:44 PM|
| Acts of Kindness can be as simple as a hello or a door held open (as echoed above).
I always make a point of waving to people that let me out in traffic, or in stopping and letting someone out in traffic.
I got it from my grandfather who use to wave constantly in traffic - letting people walk across the street or pull out. I asked him why he was waving to people and his reply was that he hoped they would do it to someone else.
Another Act of Kindness that my wife and children were involved was with a little boy in our neighborhood whose mongoose bike was stolen. This bike had special meaning because it was giving to him by his father in Iraq before he left. The call went out to our friends for a second hand mangoose bike and in a few days a broken down mongoose was delivered to our house. 4 hours later after greese, paint, bolts, new tires, sweat and toil the bike looked new!
My wife called the mother and explained that we had a refurbished bike for him (she is not from around these parts) and first wondered outloud to my wife "how do I know this isnt his stolen bike" - Neither she nor her son could understand why we did this. The little boy thought it was an April fools joke (since it was 4/1) and kept asking why would you want to do this for me?
He was soo happy with that bike, but I am sure that a new bike would not have meant as much. A few days later the mother stopped by our house and her cell phone ran (she had planned this) - it was her husband calling from Iraq to thank us - offering money - which we refused. He was just so touched that someone thought of his son since he can't be around.
|Posted by: rowan6 13-Apr-2005, 05:23 AM|
| It's usually the little things that catch people off guard..
The other day while out shopping the store I was in was having a huge sale, tons of people and just general craziness..I had quite a few things and the lady that came behind me had 1 clove of garlic. I let her go first.
And yesterday, while I was at another store, it was cumbersome to get to the handheld shopping baskets and I happened to already be there, so I handed one to a lady that would have had to squish in where I was. She sounded and looked quite shocked. Made me feel good though.
|Posted by: CelticRose 14-Apr-2005, 05:53 PM|
| Nice topic, Paul!
I do the same thing when some lets me in and out of traffic. I always wave and say thank you and I always allow some one who needs to get into traffic on head of me.
I always look out for all the neighborhood dogs that get out of their yard and return them to their home.
I try to be a good listener when someone needs to talk.
And I always try to say thank you when gestures of kindness are given to me.
|Posted by: Aaediwen 18-Apr-2005, 07:36 AM|
| Being a pedestrian in the US is a dangerous propsition. When someone stops to let me cross the road in front of them, I try to wave and thank them. Even though the law says pedestrians have right of way and people really should stop like that, most don't. It happened a lot more frequently in Ireland, that people would stop to let you cross
Aarogant leadfooted Americans. It was so nice actually being able to *walk* around town over there.
|Posted by: Shadows 18-Apr-2005, 08:37 AM|
|One can not help but be kind if one treats everyone like you would like to be treated...|
|Posted by: CelticRose 18-Apr-2005, 03:41 PM|
|Well said, Shadows. However, that is not always the case. I open and hold doors open for people and let people into traffic and such only to have the other person not even acknowledge the act of kindness and go on without a thank you. Sometimes I want to say out loud, "your welcome!" I think I actually did that once.|
|Posted by: WizardofOwls 18-Apr-2005, 08:16 PM|
|Just wanted to report that I was the "victim" of another random act of kindness today! My wife's cousin, who is also our neighbor, found out that I have emphysema! I was a little late going to bed last night, so I over slept a little this morning. I must have REALLY been out like a light bulb, because somehow he came over and mowed MY ENTIRE LAWN for me without me knowing!!!! What a guy! I gotta figure out some way to repay him!|
|Posted by: BluegrassLady 18-Apr-2005, 09:20 PM|
|Has anyone seen the movie Pay It Forward? It was about a youngster who decided to see if he could help to change the world. He did a kindness for three people and when they asked why and how could they repay him, he said to pay it forward. Which meant that they should each do a kindness for three other people. They did and it began to spread across the land. And so it went on and on and on. Wouldn't we live in a better place if we all tried to follow his example? Sure is something to ponder on, isn't it?|
|Posted by: CelticRose 19-Apr-2005, 06:33 PM|
|Wow! That was really nice of your neighbor, Allen!|
|Posted by: WizardofOwls 19-Apr-2005, 06:54 PM|
|I thought so too! But he's always doing things like that! Such a pleasure to have him for a neighbor!|
|Posted by: Caitriona 20-Apr-2005, 05:59 PM|
|I've been stressed out with school work, papers and events going on, and a friend of mine has kept me thinking positively as much as is possible. She's the greatest. It's wonderful to have friends who encourage you to keep at it.|
|Posted by: Shadows 20-Apr-2005, 08:07 PM|
I don't look for thank you's and seldom get them but that does not stop me...kindness like smiles is contagious!
Enough folks act kindly it can only eventualy catch on.
|Posted by: CelticRose 22-Apr-2005, 12:49 PM|
| Well, I think I was grumpy that day when I actually said, "your welcome."
I have had several people do a lot of acts of kindness towards me lately. My hubby is always one of them. I have great friends and great in-laws too. I am a very blessed person.
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 03-May-2005, 08:43 AM|
| I've found that the more I keep my mind turned towards God (thru prayer but also just everyday evidence of His presence & affection for us), the more opportunities He sends my way to do those acts of kindness...
Holding the door at a store open for a young mother trying to maneuver a big stroller was a recent opportunity. How I remember trying to steer those things myself! My daughter is 17 now but those days don't seem that long ago.
This past weekend four friends did a deliberate random act of kindness for me
when they hosted a Bridal Shower for my future daughter-in-law! For them to approach me with their idea a couple of months ago was so unexpected, but it warmed not only my heart but the hearts of my son & his fiance. How I appreciate those ladies!!
'Mother-in-Law To Be'
|Posted by: CelticRose 14-May-2005, 01:08 AM|
|I was a victim of an act of kindness this week. I love this one particular band that is touring the states right now. They came out with a DVD that only can be purchased at their performances. Well this gal that I have never met personally and doesn't really know me, purchased one of those DVDs at their performance last weekend for me and mailed it to me shortly after. I received it the other day and I was so jazzed and flabbergasted that she would do this for me!|
|Posted by: gaberlunzie 14-May-2005, 06:50 AM|
Acts of kindness should be a matter of course and so I do not expect a "thank you"...it's simply the way my creator wants us to treat each other and by the way the easiest thing at all: Treat anyone as you want to be treated yourself.
Smiles are great. Smiles drive winter out of human faces and let the sun come to shine. And yes, they are very contagious. Give the world a smile and it will smile back to you more often than you might expect it.
Each kindness you do returns back to you and warms your own heart, too.
|Posted by: Agrona Borimar 17-May-2005, 04:12 PM|
| This is a great topic!
There is one thing I always do whenever I have to go to the grocery store or any store that has shopping carts. I always make it a point to pick up any stray carts not put in the corral along the way and put them where they belong. There have been times when I've done this and the person who left the cart was still in their car when I went to pick it up. With the expression on their faces I often wonder if it makes them think next time about leaving it there.
I also make it a point to say hello to people as I walk past them. Sadly too many of them are surpised to be greeted by a stranger.
|Posted by: WizardofOwls 17-May-2005, 07:48 PM|
|To follow up on my original post: My wife's cousin/our neighbor has not let me mow a single time this year!!!! He gets all of the big stuff and all I have to do is the trim and the few patches he can't get with his riding mower! Every time I've tried to get out and do it myself, he shows up - without a word - and takes over! I've got to figure out some way to pay this guy back for all of the help he is giving me!!!! God bless him and his family!|
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 18-May-2005, 12:07 PM|
| I was the recipient of some genuine kindness, last week when my mom was rushed to the hospital. The ambulance guys were absolutely wonderful; when I arrived at the salon where she'd passed out they were already taking her blood pressure (it had shot up dangerously high) and trying to find out how she was feeling but she was so zonked she couldn't talk clearly. I came up behind them, looked over one guys shoulder and said "Mom, are you being trouble again?!?'
Those guys turned around so surprised, but then they just laughed when I told them who I was. The tension was diffused, mom was relieved to see me and got to where she could tell the paramedics what was wrong, and we got her to the hospital soon. Even at the hospital, the paramedics checked on her until she was seen by a doctor, and they were so kind & ressuring to me and dad too when he arrived.
Oh by the way, guess what caused her problem?? She hates taking meds anyway, understand, but this time she had let her blood pressure med run out & simply hadn't bothered getting it refilled for over 2 weeks! Now she's fine.
I sure appreciate the kindness shown to my whole family by the paramedics and the hospital staff too.
|Posted by: CelticRose 18-May-2005, 03:23 PM|
|OMG, SB! That is so very dangerous to ever stop taking blood pressure meds! I am so very glad your mom is okay now. I was really worried there for a second. Yeah, those EMT guys are something, aren't they? Thank God Almighty for them too!|
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 19-May-2005, 09:31 AM|
| Mom learned her lesson about meds! Its been making me uneasy the last year or so, that she's taking more and more of them for different ailments: blood pressure, thyroid, arthritis, estrogen for awhile, osteoporosis, indigestion (the Purple Pill)...
Seems like there would be a risk of bad interaction between something, but maybe not.
I don't even like taking aspirin! Guess it runs in the family to dislike pills.
|Posted by: CelticRose 19-May-2005, 04:52 PM|
| Well getting old is part of taking pills, I guess. I am glad she learned her lesson.
I had another act of kindness yesterday. A friend of mine sent me a gift in the mail yesterday for no other reason than kindness and was thinking of me.
|Posted by: Annabelle 12-Jun-2005, 08:47 AM|
| Acts of Kindness! Yes I have a very good one!
Mother's Day approached this year although 2 of my 4 children are not speaking to me. The week of Mother's Day I had unbelieveable flowers, cards and letters from clients that started arriving that week at my salon. All included loving thoughts and prayers for me and a wish for me to have a nice mother's day.
One of the last gifts that were brought into me was from a young lady around 28 whom had just been lain off her job 2 weeks before. She was in for her regular haircut and I offered to charge her half price to help her out during a difficult time. She insisted paying me full time and tipped me $5. About 30 min's in she comes with a coffee cup with 3 balloons and flowers in the cup that the cup had a positive inspirational saying on it for me in other words to keep my lift up.
What generosity during a already difficult time in her life. That was the most unselfish thing! Such love and concern were given to me that week it was unbelieveable. I didn't think I had a support group to help me with what Im going thru right now. How wrong I was! My support group has been men and women whom have shared their friendship with me and are truely caring.
Wow! What kindness and friendships I have sometimes overwhelm me! I am truely blessed!
|Posted by: WizardofOwls 12-Jun-2005, 11:55 AM|
|Hi Annabelle! Where ya been? I've missed ya! How are the weddings going?|
|Posted by: stoirmeil 05-Jul-2005, 11:25 AM|
| This is a nice thread.
About a year ago, some people in my building moved out and left an elderly male cat behind. He stayed near the building outside getting thinnner and thinner, until one day he was lying in the rain next to a little paper plate of soggy friskies somebody left out for him. I couldn't stand it, and took him in, although I am quite allergic to cats. After a few days I got lucky and placed him with an older woman upstairs who is housebound and lonely, and had a mouse problem besides. Several people leave decent quality food for him by her door, since she is on the usual not very adequate fixed income.
This weekend she came down to the stoop to have some Fourth of July barbecue, and the cat was with her. I could hardly recognize him -- fat and happy. They seem quite devoted to each other. It's our building success story.
|Posted by: Maddie 06-Jul-2005, 07:44 PM|
| Thank you for sharing those stories.
Don't have so many but I can say I have rescued a couple of animals myself and still I feel I'm not doing enough.
I had volunteered for the local humane society but I can't cope with it... and I'm still with four dogs, one cat, and a horse. Quite a lot.
I'd like to do something like for homeless or so but I'm too much of a coward. I admire people who can.
|Posted by: cynni 20-Jul-2005, 08:40 AM|
| This is a wonderful thread. It makes me want to cry seeing so many heart touching stories.
My daughter is in jamiaca for a week with a youth group. They will be helping with a vacation bible school. Then they are going to a retirement home also., to talk to the people. I think it is so wonderful when the young people do things like that. I am waiting for a call from her right now. So she can tell me everthing that is going on.
|Posted by: Rindy1202 20-Jul-2005, 08:46 PM|
| Ok mck58 now I know... Couldn't put the two together until now... I hope she enjoys the ocean- I saw it for the first time about 10 years ago in Mexico the feeling of being sucked out is kind of scary . But you see I can't swim... I really can't believe the cost of things over there..
I bet you will be glad when she gets home huh? Well keep us posted ok.? She is such a nice girl...
|Posted by: cynni 21-Jul-2005, 04:36 AM|
| Wendy is doing fine. Just needs her alone time. Has alot of mosquito bites.
She is going to call Sat. to talk to her dad. She will be leave to come home Sun.
I really miss her. Can't wait to see her.
|Posted by: CelticRose 21-Jul-2005, 11:00 PM|
| Hey Cynni! So glad to hear that Wendy is doing fine!
|Posted by: MDF3530 21-Jul-2005, 11:20 PM|
| Not sure if I've ever told any of you these stories before.
1. I was headed home on a crowded subway train. I was able to get a seat. At the next stop, I noticed a pregnant woman had entered the train car I was in. I got up and offered her my seat.
2. One time, I was in a Target by my house. I was passing by the toy department when I saw and heard a little girl, about four years old at the time, weeping. I asked her if she was lost and she nodded. I asked if she was there with her mommy or daddy. She nodded. I asked her if she wanted me to help her and she nodded again. I took her by the hand and started leading her to the service desk. About halfway there, I spotted a cop. I explained the situation to him and told the little girl to go with the nice policeman. A few minutes later, I heard the announcement over the store's PA.
|Posted by: cynni 22-Jul-2005, 05:47 AM|
| That was really wonderful of you MDF3530. There are not to many people like that give u p there seat. There was one gentleman that gave up his seat on the trolley that we rode on down in Gatlilnburg. I thought it was so sweet of him.
The little girl was probably Happy when she saw her parents.
Cheers to all the kind people in this world!!!
|Posted by: MDF3530 22-Jul-2005, 03:04 PM|
| I always give up my seat on the train or bus to someone who needs it more, like senior citizens, people with disabilities, pregnant women, etc. That's how I was brought up. I had just figured her back may have been hurting.
Now, about the little girl. I love kids and always want to help them. I don't have any of my own yet, but I always ask myself, what if it was my kid? I would want someone to help my kid if they got lost, so I help them. Again, that's the way I was raised.
|Posted by: cynni 22-Jul-2005, 07:16 PM|
|I know how that little girls parents felt. My oldest one took of with his uncles one time and didn't tell me. A car pulled up in front of my parents then took off real quick. I was terrified cause I couldn't find him. Then I saw my brothers cutting a tree down in the pasture and that was where he was. There is nothing more terrifying than not knowing where your child is. They are so precious. You never want to lose them.|
|Posted by: ArizonaAmy9 11-Aug-2005, 08:21 PM|
|I have a friend and his motto is - It's nice to be nice. He says it all the time and he is, in fact, a very nice person. It got me to thinking. It's not that I'm not nice...but sometimes I get so caught up in where each of my children need to be ie: volleyball, soccer, dance and so on, plus their homework and all the things that go along with being a parent. Then there was life in general - I was just so busy. Now, I am taking the time each day to remember his motto...and you guys are right, it is the little things, the every day things that make a difference! The bigger things are great too but...I make sure to smile at people more and make eye contact... This is a great thread - since it's nice to hear nice news!|
|Posted by: Haldur 20-Aug-2005, 02:52 AM|
| Here recently I was out walking with my wife early one morning (as weekends on night shift leave me taking walks at the crack of dawn) and we passed a little fenced-in yard down by the path where we walk. Usually when we'd passed by before, we'd be greeted by two little dogs; one, a bit bigger/older would bark and growl furiously and the other, a young puppy, would just follow us from the other side of the fence.
Well, that morning the little puppy must've gotten up enough gusto and crawled under a loose part of the chain-link fence. On our way back we saw that he'd snuck out and was playing in the neighbor's yard which was fenceless. Now this alley isn't all that busy but when people in our neighborhood find it they tend to use it quite often as a shortcut onto the main road. And, with that, they speed (down this path, a little one-lane road/alley) downhill very fast.
So I snatched up the little pup and took him back around front, hoping I didn't wake his owners. Apparently, he'd been sneaking out a lot and a couple of his siblings also snuck out and ran off. I figure that even though that pup might sneak off again (partly due to his tenacious curiosity and his masters' unwillingness to try to keep him safe and sound) that the people that keep him might realize that they have a problem in either their supervision, tending of the loose fence, OR they are holding back a puppy that obviously wants to find greener pastures.
I like doing kind things like this for people (and four-legged creatures also) because I would expect the same sort of respect, reverance, or whatnot...even though it might not always be returned!
|Posted by: Macfive 13-Oct-2005, 09:20 PM|
| I've enjoyed reading all everyones good will!
Keep the Acts of Kindness going!
|Posted by: Senara 11-Nov-2005, 10:06 AM|
| I'd like to start an act of kindness today and hopefully you can all help me out.
Request a song for a Vetran today...let's honor those warriors that gave thier lives for our countries....
Be sure to add the dedication notes to your request! Let's thank the ones that listen with us and let them know we do appreciate their sacrifices.
Have a great weekend.
|Posted by: CelticRose 18-Nov-2005, 09:13 PM|
|Well I have to share an act of kindness given towards me. I recently started in the 18thc re-enacting community. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I had no idea where to get started, what to buy, what to make, where, when, how. This gal from CT found out about me and made my whole outfit for me and guided me in everything to make sure I was absolutely 18th c correct! I had my first event last weekend with the RevWar group and when my Sgt saw me, he was sooooo excited that I had looked so good and told me everything was absolutely period correct. I have spent a lot of time researching history and costume and this gal nailed it on the head and was gracious enough to spend her time to get me started and make my outfit for me. I couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Sarah!|
|Posted by: Shadows 19-Nov-2005, 04:46 AM|
|Rose, you will find all those in the hobby you have taken up to be cut from the same cloth!|
|Posted by: CelticRose 19-Nov-2005, 06:17 AM|
|Shadows! I have found this to be very true already! These people who are in the "hobby" have been more than kind and generous towards me! It has been an amazing journey already and I am absolutely HOOKED! !|
|Posted by: Shadows 19-Nov-2005, 08:23 AM|
|Posted by: cynni 20-Nov-2005, 10:17 AM|
| Glad to hear that your were dressed to attire. Hope you will post a pic of your outfit. Bet your were great.
Have fun I am sure you will.
I love going to events like that.
|Posted by: Rindy 20-Nov-2005, 10:58 AM|
| Celtic Rose-
How nice of that woman to do that for you..think I could get someone to sew on a button for me??? LOL
I think you should post your pictures of your outfit..
|Posted by: CelticRose 22-Nov-2005, 05:55 PM|
|Well I could do that, Rindy, but boy! Would y'all get a good laugh!|
|Posted by: cynni 23-Nov-2005, 11:22 PM|
|I would sew the button on for you. But I think it would be quite costley to get it to me to sew.|
|Posted by: Firecracker 24-Dec-2005, 02:14 PM|
| I don't mean to toot my own horn but this touched me so...
I bought a small gift certificate from Subway for the man that
works the window at our local Post office.
It meant so much to him that he came around and gave me a big hug.
It's not the price of the gift that matters~just the thought
|Posted by: Macfive 24-Dec-2005, 02:27 PM|
|Sometimes the smallest of gifts mean the most. It is so good to see that the hearts of men and woman are still alive and well - living the Christmas spirit all year round!|
|Posted by: Firecracker 26-Dec-2005, 05:22 PM|
| "I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year."~Charles Dickens
A good thought to live by
|Posted by: snake 30-Dec-2005, 11:19 AM|
| hmmm..i give alot of gifts to my friends at school...especially to the girls teehee
but i do that to impress them,so..heh,maybe thats not an act of kindness.
(most of the gifts i give to girls will end up in the rubbish bin,though *sweat*heh,but i dont mind.)
|Posted by: mariah 08-Jan-2006, 09:59 PM|
| This year my medical office staff decided that instead of drawing a name to purchase a gift for a co-worker, that we would have a potluck and each staff member would purchase children's story books to donate to the local hospital's children's ward. So between all of the staff we were able to donate over 30 books, and the doctors even helped out.
Also, there is a homeless man that often digs through the garbage cans where I park my car for work. One day he was looking for things, and I passed onto him the soda pops and the waters, and some food items that I had in my car to him, his reply was God Bless you ma'm. God's blessing was payment enough for many days to come.
This is a great subject........................Mariah
|Posted by: Firecracker 09-Jan-2006, 12:03 PM|
| Mariah~The book idea was great! There are so many children that would
love to read but can't afford to purchase the books.
My daugther teaches 7th grade in a fairly poor community. She has set
up a library in her classroom so the children can check out books.
We buy them at local Goodwills for .25 so if a book doesn't get
returned it's no biggie.
Reading about the homeless man touched my heart. It makes us realize
how very blessed we are in life.
|Posted by: ArizonaAmy9 18-Jan-2006, 12:52 PM|
| I just have to give a little shout out for a friend here at CelticRadio...he was one of my very first friends here and he is such a sweet-heart! I just got the nicest p/m from him...so...from me to you....(and you know who you are!!) THANKS FOR BEING A FRIEND!!! I got your back if you've got mine!!
|Posted by: stoirmeil 19-Jan-2006, 08:47 AM|
| Saw something that made my eyes misty a few days ago . . .
A little girl around seven was out with her dad in midtown. They passed a homeless man with his dog. Dad was for going right by, but the man and the dog caught the kid's attention, and she stopped her father. I could see him trying to get her to just walk away, but she insisted. So they gave the guy some money, and more (and better, I believe) the girl chatted with the man for a minute about his dog, her school, and stuff. The main problem homeless people themselves often talk about isn't that nobody gives them anything, though that's bad enough, but that nobody talks to them like they are human.
|Posted by: John Clements 26-Jan-2006, 03:56 PM|
| Reading these act of kindness is like reading a good book,
that you don’t want to end.
|Posted by: cynni 29-Jan-2006, 12:50 AM|
|It kind of Warms the heart reading these.|
|Posted by: Celticlady 13-Feb-2006, 12:01 PM|
| I always try to do a random act of kindness. The movie pay it forward was an awesome inpiration to me. I alway smile and wave to those that let me go first at a stop sign or to cross the street. I smile and say thanks to those that hold the door open for me to pass. In stores I always let the one behind me go first if they have one or two items and I have a cart full. Those are just simple things that take a few seconds to do but puts a smile on the other persons face that will last awhile.
I do have a many bigger RAOK "Random Act of Kindness" that I have done. here are just a couple.
In the store one day an elderly Gentleman was about 2 people ahead of me in line. He couldn't get his check card to work in the machine so he tried to pay cash for the few items he had. He didn't have enough money for all so was asking the clerk to take a few things off the bill. It was only 5 of 6 dollars worth and he was just buying bread milk and few other needed items. so the gal ahead of me and myself paid for the rest of the items. He followed both of out out of the store wanting to know how he could ever repay us. We told him one day you will have an opportunity to help somebody else just make sure that he did.
Another time I was at work one day and a coworkers former Foster Daughter stopped by to let her know that she was getting married that weekend and wanted her to come to the wedding. They were not having a big wedding as they couldn't afford it but were just going to have a small ceremoney at home. So my coworker told her to go to the store and pick out a dress that she would buy it for her. Since I sat right across from this coworker I heard the whole conversation. So on my lunch break I went and got my jewelry tools some mother of pearls hearts and gold wire and made her a neckalce and pair of earrings. I dangled a blue crystal off the clasp of the necklace. I gave them to my coworker to give to her foster daughter as something new and her something blue. My coworker offered to pay me but I refused. I told her it was my gift to her. We all cried LOL. When she got the pictures back of the wedding I couldn't have pick a more perfect stone to use in the set as they went perfect with the dress. She looked radiant and the groom was very handsome.
|Posted by: NorLigh 22-Feb-2006, 10:51 AM|
| The day when I was leaving for Christmas break from work I was so excited because I was not going back to work until January 3rd. I got on the train in Chicago to head back to Indiana, and I realized as the train was pulling out of the station that I'd left my purse in my office at work. I had no money, no train pass, and no idea what to do. The conductors are fairly strict on the train, and I was just flabergasted. I started crying, and the man next to me asked me what was wrong. I told him, and he not only made a game plan for me, explaining the easiest and quickest way to get off this train and back to Chicago for my purse, but he also gave me $20.00 for my train fare.
I was so thankful for not only the money, but for his kindness and peace of mind that he offered me. I made sure to find him after the holiday (he is a regular train commuter also) and I gave him the $20.00 back. He was SHOCKED when I approached him with the cash and a huge "thank you." I don't think he ever expected me to return what he borrowed. It just made me feel really good.
I try to make sure to treat others the way I desire to be treated. I do not always achieve this goal- but I try, and I feel that God blesses me with kindness too when I need it.
|Posted by: stoirmeil 22-Feb-2006, 11:57 AM|
|Did a bit of "guerilla counseling" at the school Starbucks today with a kid who was crying into her coffee. Taking Calc III for the second time, frozen solid petrified by it. Afraid to tell her family she's afraid she can never do math well enough to get out of the science program and into medical school (high-pressure achiever family). What does she really want to do? Psychology and early childhood education. Sent her to a Psych department advisor I know (a sweet guy) for a chat to explore possibilities, e-mailed him first so he would expect her. Not my job, but I really didn't think the salty coffee would be good for her.|
|Posted by: LoriCelt 09-Mar-2006, 04:09 PM|
| This is refreshing. . .I find myself feeling rather weighted after reading the news.
Personally, I love to open doors, say "hello", smile (as it sounds many of you do) and then enjoy some people's responses. Many are truly surprised when you show kindness.
One of my favorite things to do is bake and then bring it to work and leave it in the break room for all to enjoy.
Another is make sure that my young sons act like "gentlemen" which includes (much to their dismay at times) writing Thank You notes upon receiving gifts or acts of kindness from family and friends.
I know I am humbled when someone treats me with kindness.
An kindness that someone bestowed upon me recently. . .We were having a glorious snow storm and I was pushing and struggling with my grocery cart through the accumulation of snow in the parking lot and an older gentleman helped me and then proceeded to take the cart back to the store for me after I emptied my bags into my truck. I was so grateful!
Little things really do matter.
|Posted by: CelticRose 18-Mar-2006, 02:31 PM|
|I think that "forgiveness" of another is one of the biggest acts of kindness anyone can bestow on another. It is something I try to do in my life and always appreciate it when others do it towards me. Lord knows I have my share of faults!|
|Posted by: bannja 07-Apr-2006, 07:25 AM|
|When Hurricane Katrina hit. My sister belonged to an animal rescue group. She sent out a call for help. I was working for one of the Walmart stores at the time and helped her by getting them to donate the broken open bags of food. I've been doing this for about 5 months now. Sometimes I get more food than her group could handle. We have found other groups to give the excess to.|
|Posted by: CelticRose 08-Apr-2006, 05:16 AM|
|I kind of feel like I am tooting my own horn when I post in here, but can I say that I am very much involved with the Apache Indians of AZ and have seen such wonderful things be accomplished by many generous people who have been involved to help these people who are very much in need. It blesses me greatly to hear that whatever any of us do has helped them some and that they are receiving some very important help they need. There is so much yet to be done and wish we could receive more help for these wonderful people. They are very cautious of white people, but hopefully we are crossing barriers and gaining trust.|
|Posted by: aklassie 16-Aug-2006, 09:10 PM|
| I want to share something that happened almost 2 years ago. Since I've not been able to tell ya'll until now, I want to share it with you.
I was still living in Fairbanks AK, on my own trying to figure out what I was going to do with my future. I'd been thinking about moving back to Texas to be closer to my only grandchild, at the time. And to be closer to my parents, mom had a heart attack the year before. Out of the blue I get this phone call from my mom wanting to know my mailing address, because they wanted to send me something. My dad gets on the phone and tells me their sending me $5,000. Boy did I cry. I was able to move and had enough to get me going until I found a job. God bless my parents!!!!
|Posted by: ballydun 16-Aug-2006, 10:37 PM|
|when I start feeling down on the entire human race I read this thread and my faith is restored!! keep up the great inspiring stories!|
|Posted by: coastman 29-Sep-2006, 01:42 PM|
|My mother died the last week in August. She was 90 years old. I appreciate the kind words from my brothers and sisters on this forum expressing their condolences to my family. I am from a large family and the kindness from my friends and friends of my mother from a lifetime of knowing people really warmed my heart. Then my cousin sang Amazing Grace without music and the church was so quiet that I could hear the tears flowing down my checks. Tears of Joy.|
|Posted by: Arien 04-Oct-2006, 07:08 PM|
| Need a little boost today? Check out this story:
|Posted by: Eiric 01-Nov-2006, 06:31 AM|
| I must tell you about my trip to Västerbotten in Sweden last week. As I was prepared for a long trip (it takes about 16 hours) I had packed down all the stuff I needed, as well as a small teddy bear that I have had since I was 4, and whom always accompany me on my trips (and he's ideal since I can put him in me pockets and noone will notice...) He's been with me on trips all over Europe, and I guess it's one of those things that you feel you will never throw awa'. Anyway, as we stopped in Stockholm a family with a three years old child boarded the train and they were all very happy until we have left the station when the child realised her cuddly toy wasn't there. Apperently they had forgot it at the train station and the child cried her eyes out... Nothing could stop her, and although the train driver called Stockholm they told him that the cuddly toy was nowhere to be found. So after a long consideration I gave my travel bear to the child and she stopped crying and slept all through the night. I thought I would never see the bear nomore as I left the train in the morning, but today as I was checking through my mail I found a package and guess what was in it - YES indeed my tavel bear!!!
They had come safely to their destination and back and apparently found the cuddly toy in their house, and now they wanted to return my travel bear to the address he has on a paper attached to his neck, as they could see he was old and had been through a lot and probably meant a lot to me.
Aint it fantastic how things can go as long as we'r nice to each other???
|Posted by: CelticCoalition 01-Nov-2006, 03:45 PM|
| Thank you all for the stories you posted here.
I was having a tough day, and felt myself slipping into what I like to call a "mind cold". I get them from time to time. They are just short periods of depression or emotional numbness that I go through. Reading the story about the man who pushed his kid through the marathons and triathalons just cleared it up right away.
These stories were like a serving of vitamin C for my mind. Thank you all.
|Posted by: Lady of the Loch 01-Nov-2006, 03:58 PM|
Wow, that is sooo cool. The fact that you were willing to give it up to a stranger and that stranger went to the trouble of returning it. What comes around goes around :D
|Posted by: CelticRose 09-Jan-2007, 04:03 PM|
| I tried to be a good soul today. While out running errands, I saw to large mixed breed stray dogs running lose. since I can't handle seeing stray animals out on the loose, I tried catching and trapping these dogs on my own (very stupid idea, really). Needless to say, they would not come near me or any other human, so wondering if they were feral. At the same time I had the animal control people on the phone to tell them about it and where these dogs were, so hopefully they caught them. I just hate to think that the owners may have lost their dogs or worse yet, they get injured or killed. I am always looking out for animals on the loose.
Then I went to Wal-mart. Hubby is sick and so I had to pick up a Rx for him. While there, I noticed this one young man waiting on his Rx and he seemed very sick. Sadly he was alone and I watched him carefully and the pharmacist interacting with him, who I thought could have done a better job in patient care and others there avoiding him (30 years of me working in the medical field caught up with me there so I was ready to act and not stare). He got his Rx and I told the clerk to keep an eye out on this young man as he appears to be very sick and was there some way we could help him. His cart was full of stuff he needed to help him feel better. I finally went over and talked to him and asked him if he needed help. he said he felt like he was ready to pass out. I asked if he had the flu. he said no, but had a severe sinus infection, high fever that is raising his blood pressure so high he had the shakes. I was probably taking my life in my hands, but I offered to give the guy a ride home as I felt he was in no condition to drive, let alone be shopping...(I had my pepper spray with me)! Anyway, I hung around him to make sure he was taken care of. Turns out the guy was a nursing student and knew what to do and was going to call his uncle to come pick him up. But Wal-mart kept an eye on him and got someone to drive him home as well. Gosh, I just felt so badly for the guy. so all that was my heartfelt *trying to do an act of kindness* for the day. If you any of believe in pray, please pray for this young man who was so sick. I can't even believe he was out alone trying to take care of himself. My gosh, I would have done it for him.
|Posted by: Lady of the Loch 09-Jan-2007, 06:04 PM|
|That is so sweet that you did that. I couldn't imagine doing that either, will def. keep him in my prayers!|
|Posted by: Rindy 09-Jan-2007, 09:32 PM|
| Way to go CelticRose!!!! That was so nice of you... hope your hubby is feeling better soon.
|Posted by: Firecracker 09-Jan-2007, 10:46 PM|
| CR~Hope that your husband gets to feeling better soon
We have a quilting guild that I am very fortunate to be a member of
Today we made baby quilts for a local organization~Crossroads
We have several blankets to donate thanks to the many ladies
that gave of their time and skills.
|Posted by: CelticRose 09-Jan-2007, 11:56 PM|
| Oh how wonderful, Firecracker! Quilts are the ultimate gift for babies and/or anyone. I just love them. How so wonderful for you and your organization!
I wish I could crochet...............but can't seem to learn...........so I could give something wonderful as a baby blanket. Good on you, Firecracker!
|Posted by: mydogisaleprechaun 29-Mar-2007, 04:44 PM|
| i always bring a fresh flower or two home for my mum! I'm not too bug on botanicals myself...but i know how much she enjoys having them!
As small or as trivial as it is, I always open the door (wherever i may be) for anyone, especially if they're older or carrying something!
|Posted by: Knightly Knight 23-Apr-2007, 07:37 PM|
| Everyday and i mean everyday I wake up and get ready for the world to get to see me. I am so good looking and a wonderful person I just know folks can't get enough of me.
How is Narcissm spelled?
Yes Im kidding, well sort of. but it an attitude of looking forward to seeing eveyone and hearing what they are up to that helps keep me going
|Posted by: TandVh 23-Jun-2007, 05:59 PM|
| This forum thread got me to thinking way back when my wife and I had only been married for about 5-6 years, we had three children - a stepson to me- 10yrs. old and two little girls 5 and 6 yrs old. We didn't have much money so couldn't really go to the movies or out to dinner much, but we managed to put together enough to go to the movies- the first movie any of the kids had ever seen. I think it was Disney's aladdin. We got in, but no way had enough money for popcorn or sodas or candy. We were watching the movie and several people in front were having popcorn. My 5yr little girl- Heather- wanted to know what they were doing- so we told her- so she sweetly asks for popcorn and my wife tells here- no honey, we can't afford it. So little Heather says- OK mom- it's just nice to be here anyway. The couple in front of us turned around and gave little Heather and April their popcorn and someone next to them gave little Sabin their popcorn. They even asked us if they could get the babies something to drink and little April says- "no thanks we brought cool water, but thank you so much for the popcorn" even at 6 she was a little charmer.
We,as parents, were extremely touched by the thoughtfullness of those folks!
Thaank you for starting this thread- it brought back a memory I had forgotten and made me think fondly and with a little heartache about my kids who are all grown and gone away know!
|Posted by: Lady of Avalon 07-Jul-2007, 06:53 PM|
| Its all these little things in life that make the difference in people.
You and yours I'm sure are very appreciative of what you have and don't thrive for more and more. This is to me good life values and principles and sometimes hard times means "sacrifices" that makes one stronger and more in control when situations are inevitable and able to deal with it.
I think sir your are that kind a person with strong family values and principles.
Thank you for sharing your story with us.
|Posted by: CelticRose 09-Jul-2007, 11:37 PM|
|I had a great act of kindness shed upon me today. I had received this horrendous medical bill, all the way back from 2005 and when I called and spoke to my doctor's billiing department, they wrote it off as it was not my fault I did never receive the bill! Now I only owe $32.00! I can handle that, eh?|
|Posted by: Lady of Avalon 11-Jul-2007, 05:13 PM|
| My act of kindness today was to visit my parents on their 54th wedding anniversary
They were not expecting me coming for lunch with them with a bouquet of roses and a card saying how much we love and appreciate them for who they are.
They are getting old and sick both of them and I think it is important to let them know that even busy as we are we MUST find the time to visit them as often as possible and let them know we care.
|Posted by: Robert Phoenix 11-Jul-2007, 08:46 PM|
|Today I did not quit my job-that was my act of kindness to my employers.|
|Posted by: Brendan 27-Jul-2007, 08:33 PM|
| I must share this with you folks and this seems to be the right place...
When I was about 24, My stunning wife @ 22 and our 2 children 5 Y/O girl
and 2 Y/O boy, were at my side and expected the paths I was venturing to be straight and true and for their best as always it should.
I Uprooted my family from the northeast (Long Island NY) and moved down to Georgia ,basically on a whim. I was skilled at 2 things, Delicatessen clerk
and plowing snow. Of course the demand for either was nill in this land we were
Had I mentioned I had sold everything I had owned to have the money for this trip
and gathered the pitiful stash of a couple of hundred US..? This was pitiful..
I think the sum of everything I'd owned at this time was ...anyway you get the picture. So Off we went and what a wonderful feeling to be off to a new life!
Long story short... We lasted about 4 weeks. and the vehicle I had owned was a 1966 VW bus, Great on Gas but I had to push start it... So everything I loved in the world along with a rediculously cheap record player were headed back north.
Well we ran out of money and gas when I had hit Philadelphia in the blackest snow storm I had seen in a while at about 4:30 in the AM I had to pull over in front of a closed service station, no money...with babies....and no heat...and no one around...
Thank goodness they opened up at about 5:30! But I must tell you this was a frightful hour in my life. I went into the station and there were about 4 patrons
and the clerk inside. I went in with my "High Quality" Phonograph and started the sales pitch. To my displeasure no takers.... I didn't know what to do so I swallowed the lump in my throat and lowered my price with the explanation that was real and honest and still no takers... So... I walked out with my phonograph
and my heart in my throat and behind me one of the patrons walked past me and got their gas and took off and another walked out and walked up to me and said
" this your car?" I nodded yes, he looked in and looked back at me and reached into his wallet and pulled out $25 US and made sure that none of the other patrons were watching before he shoved it in my hand and closed it and started walking away..abruptly? I just was shocked and immediatly started following him requesting his address so I could square this debt. he looked over his shoulder
trying to get away clean and said "Lad.....You'll know one day this will be your task for that day... now get back to your family and be on with you."
Now I have to tell you everytime I think of this moment, and by now its thousands of times, it makes me choke up a bit and certainly puts things in perspective.
So Now My stunning wife @48 and I are "Empty Nesters" and have made a stable
financially sound life for ourselves and our children and Grandchildren now.
I will never forget this moment....It secured and confirmed the taste of honor and
morality that exists in the world around me.
I'm a better person because of that moment.
I wanted to share this with you..
|Posted by: jime307 03-Aug-2007, 01:43 AM|
| I also have an act of kindness to share.
We have a music teacher at our school who is about 7 months pregnant and has a young child. My friend and I were at the grocery store and Saw her With a Enourmous amount of groceries, I had no idea how she had got it all in her cart to start with! She was clearly having trouble putting the things away so I asked my friend if he thought we should help her. He Started to object but I was already halfway there and she looked really relieved when we showed up and offered help. When we were done she thanked us and tried to offer us money, but we refused it. after that i felt really, really good inside. I try to do anything I can to help people anywhere I can.
Reading these stories is heartwarming and I think this is a Great post, keep up the good work! (and good stories)
|Posted by: Lady of Avalon 04-Aug-2007, 06:23 PM|
| I think that was nice of you what you did.Chivalry don't exist anymore.
The act of kindness that I tend to repeat pretty much everyday is feeding my little friend (chipmunk) Picolo I just can't not giving him any food because these little innocent creature have no place anymore.So to me I make it my duty to give him what he needs.
I've been doing it for 5 years now he comes back every year about the same time April and then around October he goes in hibernation.
|Posted by: jime307 04-Aug-2007, 09:11 PM|
|It's True Chivalry and honor and not the most promoted things anymore now it's all about the bad things happening, but this really touches my heart knowing that there are still a handful of good people out there. Last night and this Morning I was running Relay for Life. Which if you didn't know is a cancer society thing. What was great about it was they honored every single person they knew had cancer. We used little bas lights with candles insind and names on the front to represent people. It was scary how many people there were! The relay was at our track which also doubles as a football field there are gigantic bleachers there and on those there was a bunch of bags arrnged in to the word "HOPE" it was great you could see it form a long distance. There was an hour-long honoring ceremony where the named everyone on the bags. And I had the Idea to try to cheer people up. I gathered as many people as i could and we on the bleachers above the word hope and when they were done listing names of people we started to Chant "HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE" trying to get people to join in. The sad part was that only 3 other people in the crowd chanted along. Maybe people have given up hope, but i really hope not....|
|Posted by: Leyland 19-Aug-2007, 02:20 PM|
| What a great subject for a thread and then so many kindnesses in the replies! My husband noticed fairly quickly after moving to South Carolina that we "strangers" here are always smiling at one another or talking to each other in lines and so on. There is quite a bit of door holding and reaching out to assist someone clearly in need. He absolutely can't get over the way drivers let others merge in front of them or otherwise politely give way.
But truly, doesn't it all comes down to showing kindness, patience and consideration to everyone who crosses your path?
|Posted by: jime307 25-Aug-2007, 07:23 PM|
|Indeed it does!|
|Posted by: leenieww 31-Oct-2007, 10:21 AM|
|I've been having a lot of health problems lately. So many people have called, sent cards,made me promise to e-mail them with news. It means a lot to me that I have such good friends.|
|Posted by: Lady of Avalon 02-Nov-2007, 07:20 PM|
| Well...this is when you really can recognize true friendship leenieww.
True friends sticks by you through tick and thin and this is what counts.
Sometimes the bond of friendship is stronger then one with family.Hope you get well soon leenieww.LOA
|Posted by: gaberlunzie 03-Nov-2007, 12:54 PM|
| You are so very right, LOA.
Life would be so much better if we remembered to treat others like we would like to be treated ourselves. That doesn't mean you have to please any a**h*** running around out there but I found out that it's easy and no sacrifice at all - and it doesn't hurt, promised! - to give the world a smile. Smile - and the world smiles back.
It doesn't hurt to step aside to let someone in a wheelchair pass in a narrow street. To pick up the heavy bag of an elderly person and to carry it. To walk with eyes open and to give a helping hand where it is needed.
This is how I have been raised and this is the way I raised my own children - not to look away, not to step away and never to become silent about things that really matter.
Peace starts into yourself and your own family. You will never be able to give peace if you are not in balance with yourself and you don't feel peace inside yourself.
Everything you are giving from your heart returns back to your own heart.
*stepping off the soapbox* ... sorry for ranting....
|Posted by: Lady of Avalon 04-Nov-2007, 02:45 PM|
| Yes indeed the world would be a much better place if people wouldn't be so selfish in their hearts.
And yes, peace starts within yourself,but again like you say one has to be in balance with oneself to be able to understand the meaning of it.
Otherwise,in my eyes life has no meaning. Thanks Gabby. LOA
|Posted by: CelticRose 07-Dec-2007, 08:28 PM|
| So many acts of kindness. It is nice to know there are still kind people out there. I try to always smile and be helpful to others, even to strangers. And this time of year people can be so rude and yet yesterday I had to hold my tongue to keep from letting someone know how rude they were. But luckily I shut up instead.
Where I live, most people are pretty friendly to each other. I live in a somewhat small town and it is nothing to talk to complete strangers in line, hold doors, etc. It is nice to live in an area where people still do that. I have lived in rather large cities where it was just the opposite, but even there you can find the kindest people.
Most of you who know me, know that I am a major animal lover. Well today I saw another lost dog running about the streets. I always carry in my SUV a crate, leash and some treats for incidents such as these lost furry creatures. Luckily the owner had a name tag where I could locate the dog's home and return her safely. Yay! I love it when that happens!
leenieww, I hope and pray you are feeling better. Best wishes to you.
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 09-Dec-2007, 08:53 PM|
| Yesterday I was out in town and saw a Lass whose car battery had died, so I stopped to give her a Jump start. She asked me how much she owed me, I responded that she owed me nothing but that she should pass the kindness on and that if she wanted to honour me she should plant a tree in order to make up for the pollutants that her car was emitting. She asked what church I attend and I told her that I am a Druid, well that ended the conversation!
|Posted by: CelticRose 10-Dec-2007, 02:26 PM|
| Oh my, Druid of Ark! What a wonderful act of kindness you passed along to a lass in distress on the road. We need more folks like you! Even if she didn't have the same beliefs, acts of kindness are contagious and I am sure she will pass it on in remembrance of what you have done in her own way.
Blessings to you!
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 11-Dec-2007, 10:46 AM|
|Thank you dear Lassie for the words of encouragement I had the chance to assist a neighbor last evening they had a movie that had to be returned (about 3 blocks away) and they were going to walk done to do it, as they have no car. I am low on gas in my van but came up with a solution. I have a motorized wheelchair so I got in the chair and carried the movies back for them no waste of gas. But I got a surprise on the way home we got a good downpour of rain. Better me than them. I am anxious for the month to end though! Blessed Be!|
|Posted by: jime307 15-Feb-2008, 07:19 PM|
| That's Wonderful, Interesting Idea about the wheelchair, but hey, you gotta use it sometime! We have a lot of snow (and I mean a LOT) around here and the snowplow in our Neighborhood does the most Horrible job you have ever seen! There's Always lots of snow left a foot or two from the garages, and I though my neighbors would appreciate it so I went out and shoveled the rest of the remaining snow in all the houses (we live in a circle of Townhouses) and still, no one except my next-door neighbor has thanked me, but still, it feels good knowing you did something nice =) have a nice 3-day weekend everyone!
|Posted by: Rindy 18-Feb-2008, 06:54 PM|
| Shoveling snow for a elder neighbor or one that can't do it on there own is a wonderful way to help out.
|Posted by: fionadunbar 05-Apr-2008, 12:28 AM|
|I really enjoy random acts of kindness. The last one for me was when I was driving home on a stinking hot Sydney Summer day I saw and elderly couple walking down my street and the man 's arm was bleeding . I stopped and offered him a lift home , he refused at first then his wife just bundled him into the car. I blasted the air con too cool him down and I took them to their home, It was eazy and natural thing to do and when I get old I'd appreciate the same.|
|Posted by: CelticRose 06-Apr-2008, 03:26 AM|
|Good on you, fionadunabar! Not many would do what you did but know there are many other kind souls out there as well. Proud of ye!|
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 07-Apr-2008, 02:52 PM|
| My family moved to the country two years ago in June, after a lifetime in the suburbs. Peace, quiet, 5 acres and (now) 2 horses has made this Siobhan one happy gal.
Talk about acts of kindness, we've found them everywhere. I went to the local doctor for my first major checkup/physical in eons soon after we settled in; well, the cholesterol # was too high and the blood pressure was bad, so I had to go on meds. I asked the sweet nurse to recommend a pharmacy, and as soon as I said I was new to the community I swear two other nurses and the doctor crowded around saying "Oh I hope you like it here, where's your new place? - Where are you from? - I go to a great church if you're looking for a new one! - The best pharmacy is a mile down the road..."
It was amazing! In the local grocery, or the 'Dollar Store', or that charming pharmacy they sent me to, if I need help finding something all I have to do is ask & say I'm new and everybody just swamps me with kindness. I love it out here!
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 07-Apr-2008, 07:31 PM|
|Thats the way it is in small towns. I have made the mistake of living in the Big City a few times but did not care for it, the people in big cities become rather like the concrete they surround themselves with.hard and unyielding. In small towns they have the pliability of the earth and the beauty of still peacefulness.|
|Posted by: Leelee 09-Apr-2008, 02:41 PM|
| Yesterday, I donated money at one of our local grocery stores raising funds for handicapped children to go to camp.
During the time of "911", I was getting some very strange phone msgs. from Texas on my answering machine. I had been home to receive one of the calls & asked him why he keeps calling my number. Happens to be his wife & children had left, him, a day prior to "911" & was desperately trying to find them. Apparently, she fled to Canada to stay with a friend in my City. This friend had my initials LD. He had pleaded that he only wanted to know that they were okay. I had provided this distraught gent all of the L. D.s in our phone directly that I could give him; I even tried to contact a few myself....but couldn't get through to the recipients, no answer. I hope this gentleman found his wife & kids....safe.
|Posted by: ranger 09-Apr-2008, 03:00 PM|
|Probably a reason why they not only left him but fled the country.|
|Posted by: Leelee 09-Apr-2008, 03:25 PM|
|I felt really badly for this guy, even if his wife & kids left him (for whatever disagreement). They had feelings for each other at one point in their lifetime. I could understand him wanting to at least know that they were safe. It was a verra unnerving phone discussion, I say.|
|Posted by: Patch 30-Apr-2008, 07:21 PM|
| It is sort of sad that "acts of kindness" seems to have fizzled.
My little community has 330 people locked out of a local factory. Today management announced they were moving to Mexico. I suspected that two months ago. I think it was yesterday that the state unemployment dept approved their unemployment as the factory has refused to supply the required info to start the claims. After a certain period of time approval is automatically granted without the info. I was suprised at the amount of food collected to help the families involved. People in the community have even donated money for unusual needs.
It has restored my faith in the residents of the county. I do not think much of the foreign company that purchased the facility and plans to take advantage of NAFTA though.
I do believe that most people are basically good and want to help their neighbors. Some just need to be jolted a little bit once in a while.
|Posted by: Leelee 02-May-2008, 08:04 PM|
| The Beauty Inside....read at Audrey Hepburn's Funeral
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness...
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone...
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
|Posted by: Patch 03-May-2008, 12:42 AM|
| Excellent thoughts!
In this part of the US it isn't unusual to see people along the street with a "will work for food" signs. Whenever I see one of those persons I go around the block and come back to give them $5.00. I have been asked, what if they are just ripping you off? As I see it, if they are, it is their loss. It is not mine.
|Posted by: Leelee 03-May-2008, 12:01 PM|
Thank ye, Patch If only people would live by these words, the world would be a much better place to live in.
Went to B.C. one Christmas by Greyhound; once we arrived, there was a young ladd asking for money so that he could buy a ticket to make it for Christmas to see his family. We were hesitant to give money, but instead gave what we had left of our sandwiches and juice that we made for the trip. He was extremely grateful, as we don't know how long he had gone without food & drink.
We felt wonderful being able to help, in some way
BTW I am glad you figured out how to do a "Quote"; took me awhile, too
|Posted by: Patch 03-May-2008, 07:34 PM|
In the community where spent (or mis-spent) my youth depending on who you might talk to there was an older lady who was known for always being the first to come forward when someone needed help She probably needed help herself as badly as those she was so willing to help. I moved away and 20 or so years later my Sister called to let me know she died. The preferred memorial was for the "Make a Wish" foundation. For the Funeral, They had to block streets around the church as people stood in the rain because the church was full. The funeral director indicated they had never raised so much money for any cause and the viewing was extended to accommodate those who came to show their respects.
She left only a small estate but her riches were far greater than those any one I know of today.
Her life had a bigger impact on my believe than I realized.
I plan on having a Wake in the finest tradition of my mothers Irish ancestors. My father's Scot side will probably roll over in their graves at the thought of the expense. It is easy to get people to show up for free alcohol, food and entertainment. In reality that WILL be a "free lunch".
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 06-May-2008, 12:03 PM|
| I work part-time as a secretary for a Baptist church in Douglas county. Our church helps a group called Christian Aid that distributes food & clothes to needy families in the area. Some of our members volunteer there, and the church collects food each month for them too.
Well last week we were told an anonymous man was willing to match all funds donated to Christian Aid for an entire month! I haven't heard how much $$ was raised, but I thought that sure was nice of him to do that. Very generous.
|Posted by: Patch 06-May-2008, 05:26 PM|
| This Saturday our 'Mail Carriers" will be collecting food for the needy. Time for a trip to the grocery store.
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 06-May-2008, 10:34 PM|
|While in the hospital I helped a young Lass tha was having trouble wi another patient, and she said I was truly a Gentleman. She was a nice Lass tae say tha, bit I did as always. I wish ain day I could find a Lass tha would want tae be wi me fae me.|
|Posted by: pretentiouswombat 07-May-2008, 11:17 AM|
| I've done lots of charity knitting, crocheting, and sewing for probably 20 years now. One of the groups I support sends handmade goods to the troops overseas. Occasionally, they send other store-bought items when there is enough postage money to spare. The other day I saw a note that said the troops were asking for coffee. So, I contacted the organizer and said that I had packs of coffee for our coffee maker here at work but I didn't know if they wanted instant or regular. Turns out they want the regular so I boxed up all of our Starbucks coffee (probably 2 dozen bags) and my dad mailed it off for me. We don't drink it because it's too strong and it was just hanging around in case we had guests in the office who might want it (let's see, the last time we had guests was...last year??) So, I made the executive decision to donate it. It's the least I can do.
|Posted by: Camac 07-May-2008, 01:34 PM|
| I used to do acts of kindness for people that I knew or barely knew but after being stabbed in the back once to often that now if they were on fire in front of me I wouldn't pee on then to put the fire out.
|Posted by: gwenlee 07-May-2008, 01:45 PM|
|Camac, that is so bitter. Good deeds aren't meant to be rewarded either for here or the after life. They are to come from the heart. I know there are people out there who take advantage but in that case you have to revamp what or how much you do for them. Helping someone doesn't have to come out of you pocket book or wallet sometimes it is guiding them to the right resources. Give a person a fish he eats for the day but give them a fishing pole and teach them then they can feed themselves for life.|
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 07-May-2008, 01:54 PM|
|I too have been stabbed in the back for doing acts of kindness, but I feel that the one that did that is not representative of all people. I am reminded of a story a friend of mine shared about agencies (especially Churches) that have the calling to help people in need. Many times they use "cookie cutter" thinking, that is they try to make everyone fit a mold before they will help. My question then becomes when ye make cookies there is dough that is cut away, if the Creator did not want that dough there then why did it get there, and if you think you can cut away from people to make them fit your mold are you not then playing God? This is not Directed at anyone in particular, just pondering a point.|
|Posted by: Camac 07-May-2008, 04:27 PM|
| I am not bitter about the good deeds and I still do them not for the rewards I could care less about that. I just don't do them as often because to be honest I am tired of being crapped on for trying to be nice.
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 07-May-2008, 05:00 PM|
|Been there, done tha, got the T-shirt, the coffee cup and the Mouse pad! LOL. But life goes onb even if we think it should nae.|
|Posted by: Patch 07-May-2008, 08:19 PM|
After I retired, most of my circle of friends was still working and I wasnt ready to play cards at the senior center so I did voulenteer work at the Salvation Army. I found them to be somewhat wastefull with the funds, IE: GMC Tahoes for transportation, $250,000 homes (in 1995) I used my transportation to run errands, make deposits and deliver checks for temporary lodging. The straw that broke the camels back was the day a woman in her 30's stopped 30 miles short of her destination and asked for 4 head lice kits. (not money) Her husband had been imprisioned and she and three children were on their way to his parents house. All had head lice and needed a shower. The Lt.'s wife refused the money for the kits. I asked the family to wait, went to the drug store and bank. I got the kits and enough money for the motel that we had a cntract with. Also enough for them to eat. Then I told the Lt.'s wife what she might do with the job and quit.
I have not really done anything through them since. Now I help through a lady I know that is on a church board. She keeps things confidential and I trust her.
|Posted by: jime307 10-May-2008, 05:14 PM|
|It really makes me feel good reading all these stories|
|Posted by: Rindy 10-May-2008, 06:46 PM|
| Wonderful stories!!
I don't know if it was a act of kindness but I was heading out the bank doors and there was a old lady in front of me with a walker and had a young woman holding the door for her in the front. The older woman was talking away about something she tripped on one of the area rugs all was ok, I used my foot to lay it back down, well the other door the younger woman had pushed the automatic handicapped, luckily I was paying some what of attention by now the door decided to close on her before she got out. I grabbed it and held it the man behind me said "woof that was close!" The young woman didn't say a word. I think she had enough by now. The old woman went on talking didn't have a clue that she would of been knocked down by the door. I was thinking about it I wondered what I missed today. lol..
I still like to hope there is more good people in this world than evil. I am hoping I can make just one person happier today I don't want to be recognized I just want to make it better for someone else.
|Posted by: parkers1 10-May-2008, 08:28 PM|
|Leave it to Paul to come up with a great topic and wonderful kindness!What a super family! Best to you always. The best thing I do now a days is get out of bed, also invovled with the grand kids.Keep up all the great work to One & All that think of others before themselves, super thing to do!|
|Posted by: Druid_of_Ark 10-May-2008, 10:46 PM|
|Okay here is a two fold story of kindness. I was approached by a young man wearing a JESUS t-shirt and he asked me to help him by hauling some stuff in my van. I said okay and then he asked me to drive him to a town that was 12 miles away. It was on my way home so again I said yes. He asked me to drop him at this service station, and he would give me some gas. Well he put in $113.00 and got me 30 gallons!!|
|Posted by: Leelee 14-May-2008, 08:50 PM|
|Now that is an awesome deed|
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 13-Jun-2008, 09:01 AM|
| We were at WalMart last night, and a young woman with a small boy was blocking the asle because he was hanging on the side of the buggy & talking instead of getting off so she could move on. My husband said 'he's a big boy, why don't you let him push the buggy!' The young lady turned around real slow and a big grin spread on her face - we could tell she thought we were going to be mad they were blocking the asle, and she was so relieved my hubby said something funny!
It's fun to get somebody to grin.
|Posted by: DesertRose 14-Jun-2008, 04:19 PM|
| Gosh, I always feel like I am boasting on this thread, but I do have to share.
Had to take one of my dogs to the vet yesterday..had an appointment and all. There was this lady who had a dog who possibly had a broken leg. It was very obvious this dog was in a lot of pain. Because she was a walk-in, she had been sitting there for an hour. When they called my name to bring my dog in, I told them to please take the injured dog instead so he could get treatment and pain relief. I am not boasting in the least, but when I got to the vet's office the owner and dog had been sitting there for a whole hour and no one ahead of her or during would offer their spot so this poor dog could get treatment before their dogs annual shots? How horrible is that?! I was mortified at the lack of compassion!
Well, that was my act of kindness for the day. Hopefully the doggie is better than ok.
|Posted by: Rindy 30-Oct-2008, 09:23 PM|
| What uplifting stories. I think with what all is happening in the world right now we need to all smile and be kind no matter what. Some days and some folks it's kind of hard to get them to smile but if I know I made a difference in their day for the better and it makes me feel better.
People most of the time are shocked someone is kind. Go into a nursing home and smile and talk to the lonely people there. I just was in one and it was a fantastic experience to talk with these folks let them know they are being listened to. It also made me count my blessings as well.
There's a lot of bad people in this world but there is a lot of good ones as well.
Just my thoughts about all the depressing things going on right now peace to all in the world.
|Posted by: stoirmeil 31-Oct-2008, 06:18 AM|
| I've been sitting here with a pile of papers to grade, grumbling and sucking down the coffee and feeling like none of these kids appreciate anything. Teachers get like this sometimes. I have just run across the paper of a girl I spent hours with privately (unpaid) last week -- English as a second language doesn't begin to describe her. Brilliant kid, been here four years, speaks Mandarin -- having an awful time. I asked her to take it on faith that we were going to open up her vocabulary, but she would have to be brave and put up with a lot of new words and weird usages for a while, and it would be mucho work. This paper shows an enormous improvement in just one week -- she has remembered everything I told her and has used it, astonishingly well -- and there is a note on it from her that she finally thinks someone here understands what she needs.
I would be feeling virtuous if I hadn't just been grumbling.
|Posted by: flora 31-Oct-2008, 06:36 AM|
| Oh Stormeil you should be commended! I think anytime someone takes time to help a child (age does not matter) they are an angel at that moment. Just think of the confidence and pride you have given her.
|Posted by: Patch 31-Oct-2008, 08:37 AM|
You sound much like my sister who retired from teaching a year ago last spring. She gave much of her free time to tutor those who were behind and personally bought teaching aids that the board would not buy. The only ill will she held was against a student who knocked her down. The young man was expelled and went on to a private school where he got in serious enough trouble to cause his confinement in a juvenile facility. Her only comment then was that "that was what she expected." I could not have been so nice!
|Posted by: valpal59 12-Jan-2009, 03:25 PM|
| I received this today and it really touched me. I would like to share it with you.
Life of Reilly
There are some games in which cheering for the other side feels better than winning.
by Rick Reilly
Gainesville State players douse head coach Mark Williams in celebration.
They played the oddest game in high school football history last month down in Grapevine, Texas.
It was Grapevine Faith vs. Gainesville State School and everything about it was upside down. For instance, when Gainesville came out to take the field, the Faith fans made a 40-yard spirit line for them to run through.
Did you hear that? The other team's fans?
They even made a banner for players to crash through at the end. It said, "Go Tornadoes!" Which is also weird, because Faith is the Lions.
"I WOULDN'T EXPECT ANOTHER PARENT TO TELL SOMEBODY TO HIT THEIR KIDS. BUT THEY WANTED US TO!"
It was rivers running uphill and cats petting dogs. More than 200 Faith fans sat on the Gainesville side and kept cheering the Gainesville players on—by name.
"I never in my life thought I'd hear people cheering for us to hit their kids," recalls Gainesville's QB and middle linebacker, Isaiah. "I wouldn't expect another parent to tell somebody to hit their kids. But they wanted us to!"
And even though Faith walloped them 33-14, the Gainesville kids were so happy that after the game they gave head coach Mark Williams a sideline squirt-bottle shower like he'd just won state. Gotta be the first Gatorade bath in history for an 0-9 coach.
But then you saw the 12 uniformed officers escorting the 14 Gainesville players off the field and two and two started to make four. They lined the players up in groups of five—handcuffs ready in their back pockets—and marched them to the team bus. That's because Gainesville is a maximum-security correctional facility 75 miles north of Dallas. Every game it plays is on the road.
This all started when Faith's head coach, Kris Hogan, wanted to do something kind for the Gainesville team. Faith had never played Gainesville, but he already knew the score. After all, Faith was 7-2 going into the game, Gainesville 0-8 with 2 TDs all year. Faith has 70 kids, 11 coaches, the latest equipment and involved parents. Gainesville has a lot of kids with convictions for drugs, assault and robbery—many of whose families had disowned them—wearing seven-year-old shoulder pads and ancient helmets.
So Hogan had this idea. What if half of our fans—for one night only—cheered for the other team? He sent out an email asking the Faithful to do just that. "Here's the message I want you to send:" Hogan wrote. "You are just as valuable as any other person on planet Earth."
Some people were naturally confused. One Faith player walked into Hogan's office and asked, "Coach, why are we doing this?"
And Hogan said, "Imagine if you didn't have a home life. Imagine if everybody had pretty much given up on you. Now imagine what it would mean for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you."
Next thing you know, the Gainesville Tornadoes were turning around on their bench to see something they never had before. Hundreds of fans. And actual cheerleaders!
"I thought maybe they were confused," said Alex, a Gainesville lineman (only first names are released by the prison). "They started yelling 'DEE-fense!' when their team had the ball. I said, 'What? Why they cheerin' for us?'"
It was a strange experience for boys who most people cross the street to avoid. "We can tell people are a little afraid of us when we come to the games," says Gerald, a lineman who will wind up doing more than three years. "You can see it in their eyes. They're lookin' at us like we're criminals. But these people, they were yellin' for us! By our names!"
Maybe it figures that Gainesville played better than it had all season, scoring the game's last two touchdowns. Of course, this might be because Hogan put his third-string nose guard at safety and his third-string cornerback at defensive end. Still.
After the game, both teams gathered in the middle of the field to pray and that's when Isaiah surprised everybody by asking to lead. "We had no idea what the kid was going to say," remembers Coach Hogan. But Isaiah said this: "Lord, I don't know how this happened, so I don't know how to say thank You, but I never would've known there was so many people in the world that cared about us."
And it was a good thing everybody's heads were bowed because they might've seen Hogan wiping away tears.
As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home—a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.
The Gainesville coach saw Hogan, grabbed him hard by the shoulders and said, "You'll never know what your people did for these kids tonight. You'll never, ever know."
And as the bus pulled away, all the Gainesville players crammed to one side and pressed their hands to the window, staring at these people they'd never met before, watching their waves and smiles disappearing into the night.
Anyway, with the economy six feet under and Christmas running on about three and a half reindeer, it's nice to know that one of the best presents you can give is still absolutely free.
|Posted by: Siobhan Blues 14-Jan-2009, 10:28 AM|
|What a cool story! Grapevine is where we stayed on our way thru Texas, to our daughter's wedding in Wichita Falls up north in the state... its a sweet community.|
|Posted by: Faerydreamer 05-Jul-2009, 06:07 PM|
| That is a great story about the football game.
Well, I am not tooting my own horn but I was able to help a family have a mini vacation. My husband has been working a bit of overtime lately. A group I belong to is planning a camping trip for next weekend. With everyone going in together for food, it is only $7 per person for meals. One woman, that has been planning to go, found out that her soon-to-be ex-husband had the checking account frozen. She has no money to pay for the trip. I was able to help out the family by paying for three of them. They will most likely never know who did it, but I feel good for 'paying it forward.'
|Posted by: mcnberry 12-Aug-2009, 11:50 AM|
| I just found this topic and wanted to share this link to a video with you. It's called "The simple truth of service", but I think it should be renamed "A simple act of kindness". I work with handicapped people, so watching this touched me even more.
Hope you enjoy!
|Posted by: Rindy 16-Aug-2009, 06:27 PM|
| I love reading this thread. mcnberry thank you for posting this youtube it brought tears to my eyes. We can make a difference. Bless you for working with the handicapped people.
|Posted by: Faerydreamer 17-Aug-2009, 09:43 AM|
| I love that story. I wish that there were more Johnnys in the world. The grocery store in my town is a nightmare to shop in. The employees would rather talk to their friends or family than deal with others.
Thanks for sharing that video.
|Posted by: CelticRadio 17-Aug-2009, 08:03 PM|
| What a wonderful idea! There are so many things people can do to make a difference.
One thing I try to do is give people a friendly wave and let them take a turn if I see no one letting them in (in the car). It catches on, and then that person will do it to another person. Kinda like payit forward.
Agreed, thanks for sharing this video!
|Posted by: IrishBeachLassie 06-Feb-2010, 09:03 PM|
Driving the California freeways, very seldom do you get a smile and someone that actually lets you change lanes; doesn't matter how long the blinker is on, some people have a problem letting people change lanes; that also goes for coming into traffic on a on-ramp, I see more and more every morning I take the freeway to work only apx 4-5 miles, that people would rather see you run off into the ditch then let you yield into the traffic, therefore every morning when that one person shows courtesy on the freeway I ALWAYS make a point of a smile and a wave thank you, rain or shine.
At the grocery store, I will always let someone go ahead of me with just a couple of items; I know that there are check outs for10 or less or whatever, there hasn't been one time I haven't gotten a thank you and a smile from that person.
I always say hello or acknowledge a smile to people I do not know whenever out and about, there's absolutely no harm in being kind. Unfortunately being kind and showing respect seems to be a lost characteristic, so, my thought is; a smile and being kind can be contagious, so why not spread it around !
|Posted by: CelticRadio 07-Dec-2010, 05:56 PM|
| This story really should be repeated over and over and over again.............
Jobless man's son to get Christmas surprise
|Posted by: Rindy 08-Dec-2010, 05:34 PM|
| This is a great story. It's good to know there's still kind people on the earth. I agree pass this one on.
|Posted by: englishmix 09-Dec-2010, 12:03 PM|
|I told someone today that he was a big jerk, which I consider to be most kind. No more enabling and cover it over for him. Just a most-loving expression of truth to enable better personal responsibility. Now what can be more kind than that?|
|Posted by: dragonboy3611 09-Dec-2010, 09:19 PM|
Absolutely wonderful story! Shared it on facebook!
|Posted by: CelticRadio 10-Dec-2010, 05:41 AM|
That actually brings up a good point. Sometimes an "Act of Kindness" means doing something to invoke a person to be a better more responsible person. I think of kids mostly in situations like this, but adults too sometimes need a swift kick to the pants (myself included!).
|Posted by: CHRISTOPHER5 30-Dec-2010, 04:04 AM|
| They expect nothing in return though they hope their deeds will inspire others to spread kindness through their lives and through the lives of others
|Posted by: englishmix 30-Dec-2010, 10:39 AM|
|I don't like kindness.|
|Posted by: Rindy 30-Dec-2010, 05:31 PM|
| That is so true Celtic Radio. A swift talking to when someone is out of line or doing something harmful to themselves or others is needed at times. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
CHRISTOPHER5 Welcome to Celtic Radio. I really like the way you said that. Lets hope more people become this way. I am kind hoping I will make someone elses day or life happier.
Englishmix how could you not like kindness? It is the light of the world in my opinion. And you certainly are entitled to yours. But I wouldn't want to go through life without giving kindness. I guess I wouldn't want to be here if all were mean to human kind.
Have a great day!
|Posted by: englishmix 01-Jan-2011, 12:52 AM|
| Oh, I was bored and feeling prickly, Rindy. Just trying to agitate.
Although, when people often use the word "kind" it seems to be in a bland whatever sense; rather than the charitable and good sense.
|Posted by: Patch 02-Jan-2011, 08:39 PM|
| Sadly one does not have to look far to find people in need of a "hand up". Also, if you are observant, you will see that most around them are too preoccupied to notice. THAT is sad!!!
Some posting here I know better than others but I see people that truly care.
It is strange though that from the 6th of Feb. to the 7th of Dec. 2010 this topic died. I can assure one and all that the need remained strong in the areas I visited. I too could have posted and did not.
Maybe this could be a late new years resolution.
|Posted by: albannachangel 05-Apr-2011, 09:19 PM|
|Random Act of Kindness from someone- I work with mentally and physically challenged who have little (if any) income. Some come to us with only the clothes on their back. Special thanks goes out to the family who, instead of having a yard sale, donated all their unwanted clothing to the center.|
|Posted by: RealtaRinceoir 23-Dec-2011, 01:11 PM|
|A little girl at my Irish dance school (she's just nine) is one of those people with a real talent for dancing. She competes a lot and is nearly in championships after just three or four years. But her parents lost their jobs, one a year ago, and the other a few months ago. The girl was on the brink of having to quit dancing, which would have been terrible for her, she loves it so much. I don't know them that well, so there wasn't much I could do, but what I did do is this: I made a charm bracelet for the little girl with good-luck and prosperity symbols on it, saying prayers as I did so. I gave the bracelet to her, and a few days later I found out her father found a job and she could continue dancing. I have no proof what I did is in any way connected to the girl's father finding a job, but you never know, maybe it did.|
|Posted by: tjbren 31-Dec-2011, 10:05 AM|
| This thread is great. My entire life has been focused on the light, not dark side of life. There are millions of examples I could give of people doing good works.
Most recently, my sister impressed me. She has a lot of health issues but does her best to give smiles and hugs. She and her husband live on a 'Green Acres' type of farm. Her husband grew up without plumbing or electricity while my sister was a city kid with every toy she ever wanted.
My parents are now elderly and were no longer safe in their home. My sister decided that she would have them come live with her. My father has Alzheimer's and my mother has had several strokes that cause significant dementia. My mother grew up in a very affluent family and the thought of using paper napkins vs cloth was unthinkable.
But my folks seem to be happy on this rundown, old farm with all the critters running about. My sister has done an amazing job of taking care of them. My brother-in-law and I were busy for a week or so cleaning, painting, and installing carpeting, preparing the house for my folk's arrival.
My brother-in-law is only 35 years old and now he has his 80 year old in-laws living in his house. Quite a gift.
|Posted by: jmparrish 20-Feb-2012, 07:20 PM|
| Acts of kindness, be they random or planned, are beautiful. I see little ones just abotu everyday, but every now and again I see something that brings tears to my eyes.
When I was little, my favorite Christmas tale (besides the nativity) was an Irish tale about cobbler elves who snuck into people's home mending or giving shoes. I find that kindness has the most profound impact when it is unexpected and/or from someone unknown. When I do something, I try to be discrete, anonymous if possible. I draw and write quotes on napkins in places where I eat with encouraging words or humor. I don't know who finds them, but I hope it does something pleasant to find a little token from someone who cares.
|Posted by: CelticRadio 21-Jul-2015, 05:05 PM|
|I fear that we have reached a point in this country where random acts of kindness are on the decline. Say it ain't so - does anyone have one to share.|
|Posted by: lgreaseman 23-Jul-2015, 01:55 PM|
| Thankfully...Random acts of kindness are not on the decline, they just have a bad press agent. Bad news has and will always sell newspapers and drive television reports. If people feel all is right with the world, then no one would buy all the "trash gossip magazines" or stayed glued to the news channels for the latest tragedy, killing spree, or racially motivated "disturbance" going on.
We (America) are no longer willing or have the desire to "stop to smell the rose." However we will drop all to grab our cells phone to record a violent public melee or whatever tragedy we happen upon, so we can be the first to post it on Facebook!
We need to increase the growing trend of paying it forward. It helps to soften the heart and increase self awareness of other's situations in life. Ultimately driving home the point that life is much easier and more rewarding when we realize that in reality it is a team sport and that we are not as alone as we often let us over selves believe...
|Posted by: DesertRose 23-Jul-2015, 11:24 PM|
|I know I should have been doing this a whole lot sooner but the beginning of this year whenever I see someone wearing a Veteran cap I make a point to go over to that person and thank them for their service. Just to see the light of surprise in their eyes that someone actually cares enough to say thank you means a lot to our veterans. I am not patting my back by any means but I think our veterans and active military are unappreciated and not thanked enough for the sacrifices they make.|
|Posted by: lgreaseman 26-Jul-2015, 05:59 PM|
|So true Desert Rose.....I remember seeing the returning soldiers from, Vietnam being spat upon and called horrible names. And it was some of those very same soldiers who went out of their way to make sure returning soldiers from the middle east got the warm welcome home they deserved. So I agree with your habit and likewise it can be extended to police and fireman as well...another group of under appreciated people who do an important job which often goes un-thanked....|
|Posted by: CelticRadio 19-Jan-2017, 07:48 PM|
| Even more reasons for Random Acts of Kindness...
|Posted by: misspatty 30-Jun-2017, 09:11 AM|
|we maybe full time cattle ranchers and celtic music lovers. but we also rescue and rehab wildlife. we work closely with the Forest Service in our area. we have rescued everything from baby birdies to hand feed and release when ready to fly. we have 8 baby barn swallows that fell out of their nest that we are hand feeding right now. the biggest rescue 2 years ago was a baby bear cub that was orphaned by a hunter. we so enjoyed bottle feeding him until he was transferred to a large animal rehab center. we may work at least 12-14 hours a day. but we will always stop the equipment to wait for or help even a little garner snake. KUDOS TO ALL THOSE WHO STILL HAVE THE CURIOSITY TO CARE AND HELP THERE FELLOW MAN OR ANIMAL.|
|Posted by: aimeusdietger 05-Nov-2018, 11:57 AM|
Wow!! the last part of your story is interesting. i wish i had such a mysterious yet helpful and much needed friend.. i find myself in situations where i give give give and give more yet none of the people i dedicate my all to ,seem to even care about me. No one actually fights for me as much as i do..
i recently supported my ex girlfriend despite the ache she has caused me over the years we dated,
she did not have a place to lie down after her current guy kicked her out in the middle of the night.
He happens to live a few miles from where am set up. she called in tears saying that she's been thrown down the stir case by the guy..i took an Uber went to get her, nursed her, fed her and gave her a place to sleep..i believe that can be called an act of kindness..right?