Random Acts of Kindness  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
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5/10/2005 10:36 am

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Random Acts of Kindness

"One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness; it usually comes back to you."

This is something that I have always believed in and always will. Some people haven't understood why I help out my friends so much, but this is certainly very much part of it. Although, I may not be able to help via monetary means, I do whatever I can to help my friends out when I can.

I have also done many things "just because" I see a need to be done.

One of the things that occurred at the arena football game was that when adults caught t-shirts, footballs, etc., they would pass them along to the nearest kid. It was soooo refreshing to see that done b/c in most anyother games I have been to, adults would have a tendency to keep the things that they had caught. I think, though, that the people that gave their caught items to the kids honestly have felt what it is like to truly pass along the love that goes with passing a memorable thing to a young kid. It is amazing to see the love shoot to the youngster's eyes in awe and amazement.

A friend of mine is addicted to getting the stuffed animals out of the machines at many of the area restaurants. He has given me many of these animals/dolls to pass along to the kids at the shelter. They have the same awe and amazement in their eyes, as they have not had this kind of attention in a very long time. When he isn't giving them to me to pass along at the shelter, he is giving them to area firehouses and police stations to help children victims to cope with their losses.

I was wondering what AdultFriendFinder members are doing to share their random acts of kindness in this world today????? How long has it been for you???? Should you be doing something today, if it has been too long for you??? What are you going to do today???????

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/12/2005 7:05 am

You are so very welcome, keithcancook. We all need small reminders of that every day. BTW, I loved that movie. One of the Churches that I had frequented often in The Woodlands did a service based on that them. Each family was handed an envelope. In it there was at least $1.... some had $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, and on up to $100. Each family was to take the money in their envelope and pay it forward. It was amazing to hear the stories how the families paid it forward. What a tremendous affect it had on the community.

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
5/11/2005 11:41 pm

The movie Pay It Forward had a profound effect on me. I told myself that I was going to help a stranger if the right opportunity ever presented itself.

About two yeas ago as I was leaving a grocery and walking to my car an old station wagon filled with with junk slowly pulled up beside me. Inside was a young couple with 2 little girls.

I thought oh lord, I am about to be panhandled and I was. The driver rolled down his window and nervously asked me if I could spare $5.00 for gas. They had just arrived in town after moving from Fayettville, N.C. He told me that he was moving his family here because he had found a job. He was very apologetic and I could see the pain and desperation in his eyes.

I gave him the five bucks and asked him if he had food for his family. He said not much but he really needed the gas money so he could get to work.

I just couldn't get over the haunted look that was in all their eyes. Those little girls just about melted my heart. I asked them if I could buy them groceries to last them until he got his first paycheck and their disbelief and gratitude all mixed together was overwhelming.

I will never forget that tour through the grocery that I took with that family that night. Those little girls were beaming. They got to pick their school lunches for the next 2 weeks. The mother made very good choices, and they were going to be in good shape for a while. I just walked along the aisle behind them telling them to get whatever they felt they needed.

The bill was almost $200.00 but the value to myself and to that family was priceless.

PS: I had completely forgotten about that until I saw your post. Reliving that episode is just as wonderful a feeling NOW as it was then, and I have been well rewarded for my own little version of "pay it forward" . Thanx for helping me remember.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/11/2005 10:46 am

lol... goko....should have known, should have known!!!

Well, maybe God was giving you some payback!!! lol.....

goko54 62M

5/11/2005 9:23 am

maybe we should make a Starbuck's run together.......and yes , it was two little old ladies buying coffee for their Sunday school class...

We wouldn't have to go to Sunday school afterward, either.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/11/2005 8:49 am

Dang, goko, what were they buying????? Several coffees????? Maybe you should double check how many are behind you when you do!!! lol.... It is a good thing that you were able to follow through; often, when I am making a quick run to Starbucks, I have just enough change on me for my Toffee Nut Latte.

goko54 62M

5/11/2005 7:10 am

Just the other day I was in line at the drive thru at Starbuck's.....when I got to the window I said I'd pay for the person behind me, a total stranger. Iabout choked when I found out what the bill was, but after taking a deep breath happily plunked down $33.75......

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/11/2005 12:23 am

Yep, sharksy.... Let me know what you end up doing. It works wonder to combat depression; I should know!! lol...

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/10/2005 11:36 pm

lol, rockinhard.... The idea is to do random acts of kindness though without any self-gratification recieved!!! hee hehee....

rm_sharksnsails 46M
738 posts
5/10/2005 11:33 pm

When I am around I try to "pitch in" with whatever work is being done. I believe "Many hands make light work". Maybe that is what is missing in my life. I need more charitable time. Maybe this is an answer for depression, hmmm worth investigating, I'll get back to you.

rockinhard24 36M

5/10/2005 11:19 pm

I pass out condoms at the local high school

... with my phone number.


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/10/2005 7:53 pm

Smileguy... I have to agree with all that you said. I do all sorts of volunteering myself; however, the greatest reward is when you can make someone smile in the midst of all sorts of adversitites.

Ps. Thank you for you compliments on my eyes!!! (*now blushing and smiling from underneath*)

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
5/10/2005 7:50 pm

Papyrina - lol.. I know what you mean about the cold thing. I stayed home today with my darn allergies!!! lol..

And, yes, even just a wily smile can be a simple act of kindest that will go a long, long ways!!!

smileguyqc 53M

5/10/2005 5:44 pm

By the way very beautiful eyes

smileguyqc 53M

5/10/2005 5:43 pm

Taking meals to the elderly, coaching a kids team, all good stuff, but I like what papy said just smile at people and say hello

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
5/10/2005 1:38 pm

today my random act of kindness was to stay home and not pass my cold on
Daily though its not what you do but how you do it,just a smile to a person is an act of kindness,

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