Post # 1
I wanted to share something that happened today that really resonated with me, even if it may seem small and insignificant to some.
This morning I was backing out of my ILs driveway, as I always do, and as I’m getting closer to the side walk I notice that there is an empty garbage can smack in the middle of the sidewalk/driveway that was blocking my path. I decided to stop, get out, and remove the obstacle but before I was fully stopped I saw a boy walking behind me. He must have been 9, maybe 10, and was carrying a backpack. He proceeded to stop, grab the garbage can, and move it to its usual spot on the lawn. He then looked at me and walked away.
To my surprise, I got goosebumps. It took me a second to realize why this small action affected me so much. This little favor is tiny in the grand scheme of things, but I had never encountered such manners directed towards me and especially from a little boy. I have done my small share of helping others, with opening doors for people who are incapacitated or the elderly, but it is very rare that people do something totally out of the blue. Especially considering that the boy saw that the driver of the car was an able bodied young woman, he still helped so that I wouldn’t have to get out of the car.
Once I drove out far enough towards the street, I lowered my window and yelled out “thank you!” & gave him a thumbs up, and the boy turned around smiling and replied “you’re welcome”.
It’s little things like this that renew my faith in humanity & future generations, not to mention that it was a great start to my morning.
Just wanted to share this with you lovely ladies & gents, and ask what random acts of kindness have you witnessed or contributed lately?
Post # 3
Good on you for acknowledging his good deed! I’m sure you made his day too.
Post # 4
@Mimoza: his small gesture of kindness probably really got your day off to a wonderful start. Such small things can really impact someone. Good for him for being such a kind hearted boy.
Post # 5
@Mimoza: It’s awesome when things like this happen. We are often so caught up in our own lives, are so busy, and so glued to our electronics, that we forget the human element of actually interacting with (and helping) other people.
I get coffee from the drive thru every morning. Once a week, I will pay for the person behind me. I will have already driven away by the time they realize so I’m not doing it to get recognition. It’s just a small thing that makes someone’s day 🙂
Post # 6
@julies1949: I hope so! 🙂
@stardustintheeyes: It really did. His parents/guardians must be raising him well and I hope he continues to be just as wonderful to everyone.
@BoxerLady: I totally agree about how our lifestyle affects our people skills. That is an awesome thing you do by the way – good for you and I hope you get all the goodness back!
His actions made me want to go volunteer somewhere!
Post # 7
@BoxerLady: Wow what a great idea! 🙂 I’m definitely going to do this too.
Post # 8
@BoxerLady: Once every pay period I do this as well. It varies though, depending on how much disposable income I have at that time. i will sometimes just buy someones coffee or maybe their meal, or sometimes Ill pay for someone’s gas order if I see they are about to pay for gas. I don’t do it for recognition either. I do it to put a little kindness out into the world, my hope is to start a sort of ripple effect. Even if my kindness ends there and it doesn’t get passed on, it still makes me feel good to do it.
Post # 9
@stardustintheeyes: Nice! You should be proud that you do good and don’t exect recognition or that others do the same. However, I honestly think that good inspires good. So someone seeing what you did for them will make them feel great and inspire to do something similar to another perfect stranger.
Post # 10
When I was 18, I worked at a grocery store. I was walking across the parking lot to start my shift, and the wind started pushing a carriage really fast toward an car. I sprinted as fast as I could and stopped it before it hit the car. An older lady said, “That was really nice of you” in a very solemn way. It made me feel good. It’s nice to get acknowledged when you do something to help someone else.
A couple times the person in front of me has paid my toll, and that’s happened to my SO too. That always gives you a little bubbly happy feeling.
My dad met a woman at a gas station. She was pumping gas and was fighting back tears. My dad (a 6′ 1″, 250 former heavyweight boxer) asked her what was wrong. She burst into tears and said a tree had fallen on her mobile home and she had no idea what she was going to do because she couldn’t afford to fix it or move. My dad was a handy man and asked to look at it. He looked and there was way too much damage for him to fix. So, being the gruff but loveable guy dad is, he did the next best thing he could. He gave her his 21′ trailer. It was actually nice and had pop outs and was fairly spacious. She was so grateful and the kids were really excited about it. At the time, our family was pretty poor and dad had planned to sell it.
Post # 11
@Mimoza: your comment to star is exactly why my parents always emphasized to me to mind my manners and be kind and good-hearted. It reflects on them as our parents. People just don’t realize it sometimes.
Post # 12
@strawbs: Very true. Sometimes people don’t realize it because they see it so rarely! Like the fact that what the little boy did shocked me sounds horrible…it’s sad that this is the exception and not the rule.
Your parents sound like mine and you (and I) should be proud to have been given such good foundation.
Post # 13
It was a long time ago but my family grew up poor. Like – 7 family members on $25K a year poor. Like, strangers used to drop of trash bags of old clothes at our house poor. We always had super second hand cars because that’s all we could afford and we held on to them as long as we could (even if they weren’t appropriate for our 7 person household) because…that’s all we could afford.
My parents had become friendly with an elderly lady at church. Her car decided to finally call it quits and she wasn’t in a place finanically to replace it. So my parents gave her our second car. They didn’t ask for a cent. They felt she needed it more than they did. It’s always stuck with me.
Post # 14
Wow, these beautiful stories are bringing tears to my eyes. I like being reminded that there is so much more good in the world than bad. Especially in light of what happened in Boston, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, and all the other tragedies recently. Thank you, ladies.
Post # 15
I often pay for the car behind me for bridge/tunnel tolls. I love when someone has done that and it starts a chain reaction and everyone continues it 🙂
Post # 16
@Sunfire: I thought the same thing. Thanks for that.
@adoc86: Good deed chain reactions – I like that!! 🙂 I’m going to do that next time I take a trip where tolls are involved (although when I do that, I used the EZpass)