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“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American Poet 5 years ago
As Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train was moving. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first. Asked by a fellow passenger why he did so, Gandhi smiled. “The poor man who finds the shoes lying on the track,” he replied, “will now have a pair he can use.”
~Author Unknown 5 years ago
“Perhaps we’re too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment, safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.”
~Lady Diana Frances Spencer
Beloved Princess of Wales 5 years ago
How I did it: I have had multiple occasions in the past few months where I had been given choices of weather or not to help people and I chose to help. On one occasion the person infront of me in the lunch line didn't have enough money to buy lunch and I bought it for him. The experience came to me out of nowhere and I chose to help him. It made me feel like a better person that I could make someones day better. I hope that things like that can happen to me more often because, I really like to help others! I am also going to go out of my way more often. Read how I did it… 5 years ago
I had to take my mom on an errand. We passed an elderly man laying on the sidewalk around 6am. No coat or hat and it was 32 degrees here this morning. I passed by before I realized it, but circled back to where he was. I saw he was moving and asked did he need help. He said yes, I saw he was bleeding. I called 911 from my cell phone and waited for them to respond. 5 years ago
I went to a sandwich shop yesterday, there was an old man pulling change from every pocket he had. He was trying to get enough to pay for a sandwich after asking the cashier which one was the cheapest. I offered to pay for his sandwich. The owner heard me and told the man he could have the food. I offered the owner money and he refused to accept it. The man was very thankful to both of us. He went out the door and came back in to thank us again. My grandson was with me at the time and I told him that’s how you get your blessings. 5 years ago
I finally watched the movie. It is so inspiring! And sad…but yeah I’m very motivated now :). 5 years ago
I’m glad it’s on my list now :).
I live in a place with many homeless people. At first (and even now), it really broke my heart to see so many on the streets, especially in the cold (and either way, it cannot be pleasant). It also broke my heart that many friends warned me not to give them money or anything because there have been stories of people snatching wallets. I followed their advice for a long time and recently, as I met up with a new friend (from this area), she was watching a performer in the subway station. When I approached, she said she really liked the music and tipped him. I smiled and I thought that I should follow her example.
It’s hard knowing I can’t help out every single person but it doesn’t mean I can’t help one or two as often as I can. I started giving my change to people who happen to be outside the Subway I frequent often. I’m going to start tipping the street performers I encounter too. 5 years ago
Whenever I’m driving on the freeway and I see someone pulled over, emergency lights on, it seems so easy to think, ‘I bet they’ve already called a friend, or a tow truck.’ Would it really take that much time out of my trip to pull over and ask if they need to use my phone?
When I am considering it, I hear my mom in the back of my head telling me that I need to be careful. I know I’m not a big guy, and I could easily get taken down by a bigger man, but what excuse do I have when it is a young girl, or an elderly man or woman? I don’t have one. 5 years ago
I saw a lady running toward the bus stop this morning, the bus sped by without slowing down. I stopped and offered her a ride. She was very appreciative. 5 years ago
As people come across my path and I see a need that I can actually meet I try and show compassion and share the load with them in some way. 6 years ago
Be attentive wherever you are for opportunities to help someone. Perhaps you have an elderly or disabled neighbor who is too proud to ask for help with their yardwork; or maybe you’re in a restaurant and see someone who looks like they could use some kind stranger to pay for their meal. You can change people’s attitudes about the world through your unobtrusive acts of kindness. 6 years ago
Well it happened again in reverse, I got stopped for speeding. The police officer gave me a lecture and a warning.
It was like the movie “Pay it forward.” I feel like if I hadn’t paid for 5 strangers breakfast earlier, I may have gotten an $186.50 ticket. 6 years ago
I went to IHOP for breakfast after sunrise services and I picked up the check for a table of 5 clergymen and women. 6 years ago
Today we are having mega storms. I was going to the store to get a few items and I passed an elderly lady sitting at a bus stop in the rain. She had three bags of groceries. I stopped and asked her if she would accept a ride from me. She said yes, I asked where she lived and it was clear across town. I took her home and she was so grateful. She offered me gas money which I refused. She was my blessing today. 6 years ago
Wow! It happened in reverse . A complete stranger stopped me today and said “Lady you smell so good.” It was obvious he was a homeless person, he touched my heart and never asked me for anything. 6 years ago