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I am a big fan of Random Acts of Kindness and try to practice them as often as I can. For almost a year, I have been carrying around a list of ideas and projects to try and bring a little joy and happiness to my community. Then yesterday, I saw that the most inspiring moments of hope cannot be planned. They just happen when you need them most.
For the last several months I have been studying for the bar exam. This means I spend day after day alone in my apartment studying. Yesterday, I made a quick trip to the pharmacy to pick up some supplies. I wasn't in a particularly pleasant mood and just wanted to pay for my items, get home, and get back to work as quickly as possible. In front of me was a man buying a box of antacids and in front of him was an elderly woman struggling with several bags of purchases. He set down his box and asked if he could help her. She was shocked and thanked him profusely, but he just laughed and smiled, "Of course! I'm a strong young man, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't help you."
I decided that one good turn deserves another. While he was helping her carry her items to the car, I quietly purchased his antacids for him and left quickly (I really don't like to be thanked when I do nice things, it makes me feel awkward). But even today, I'm still smiling thinking about that nice guy who helped an elderly woman without being asked and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to do something nice for him.
=) this made me smile!
Posted 10 months ago by Amal from Michigan
You're a good soul
Posted 10 months ago by krystina from ny
the man who helped the old lady was an angel...those were regularly practiced way back in the day...i hope people start carinig for their negihbors more often.
Posted 10 months ago by Rosie Reyes from Philippines
How beautiful of you and so nice to see you listen to your heart and follow it. God Bless.
Posted 9 months ago by Nicole from Oz.
I cried. Thank you for sharing. I am trying to teach my children to be nice and charitable. I hope that my oldest child helps a random person while his siblings look on. Thoses impacts are the strongest. Thank you again.
Posted 9 months ago by Maureen from Oahu
Bless Your Heart!! That was great! I have been taking quarters and sometimes ten $1 bills into Walmart. When I go past someone (especially a child) who looks as if they could use a boost. I accidentally drop the money right then and there and walk away very quickly so that they do not know where it comes from. Just a little thing. But, I have seen some smiles on the face of some children as I was sneaking away. Best feeling in the world!
Posted 9 months ago by Mary Adcock from Monroe, Georgia
The more acts of kindness you do, the more your mind finds more acts of kindness to do. It changes your whole mindset and can make your whole day be the best ever.
Posted 9 months ago by Steve Ford from Las Vegas
When I read great stories like this one it gives me hope for the world. There are so many bad things going on in the world you can see them every time you turn on the T.V. So good to read about the good people in the world.
Posted 8 months ago by Debbie from Callander, Ontario, Canada