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Posted: 07-May-2008, 02:45 PM
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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.
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Posted: 07-May-2008, 02:54 PM
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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.


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Posted: 07-May-2008, 05:27 PM
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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.

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Posted: 07-May-2008, 06:00 PM
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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.
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Posted: 07-May-2008, 09:19 PM
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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.

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.

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Posted: 10-May-2008, 06:14 PM
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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.

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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! beer_mug.gif


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Posted: 10-May-2008, 11:46 PM
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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!!
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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.


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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.


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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.

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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 07:18 AM
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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. unsure.gif
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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.

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