Random Act of Kindness

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    Jan 14, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    Ever received a random act of kindness? Please share.
    If you've ever done one for others, tell us what it was. I think we can all do something good this year, need some ideas here.
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    Jan 14, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    I really appreciate the little things and I always try to go just that little extra to help someone out.

    On a daily basis I always try to hold the door for someone. Its just a simple gesture, but something that so many people find so difficult to do.
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    Jan 14, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    That's a good one, I've never thought opening door would be consider as kindness since it's very much in the culture. But it is.
    Anyone ever put in quarter for other's meters that's reaching limit?

    I remember once I was going to drive over a bridge, and notice a small old car with a elderly couple in it. Just the look of them invoke something within me that I want to do something to help them. I don't know why, but for sure they don't look rich. So at the toll, I told the lady I'll pay for the car behind me too, which was them.
    the lady was somewhat surprised too. And I just left.
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    Jan 16, 2008 3:14 AM GMT
    My car ran out of gas (100 feet away from a gas station, go figure) in the city where I was doing my student teaching. A random stranger pulled over to see how I was doing (I was fine, gas station was right there); a stranger offered to tow my car while I was in the gas station (I had already called for a tow truck); the guy towing my car to the dealership service shop was friendly; the guy who shuttled me to the school while they worked on my car was courteous ... that entire day was filled with warm and friendly strangers and it totally made my day. icon_smile.gif

    I usually hold doors open for people on a daily basis (like danielryan) and once in a while in the supermarket, I'll help a stranger get an item off the top shelf since I'm tall and I get requests by strangers to "use my height" all the time. I love it. icon_smile.gif

    ebl, that is really awesome of you. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 16, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    thank you two for responding. Who'd though this is such a dead topic. Seem like you have a very good day.
    I remember that too regarding the car issue. People are very helpful when it comes to obvious situation like car broke down. But you get an extra shuttle service which is just awesome. It just show the society are still very loving.

    Although I do remember once, I had a flat tire and I didn't even notice ( I always blast the music loud) and a guy drove next to me and pointed it out. So i stopped and try to put in my spare. All of a sudden, a guy drove up and park behind me. He came out and offer to help. I know what to do, but i guess I have a know nothing look on my face. lol. But anyway, he was really eager and very friendly to help, to the point I feel bad if I didn't let him. So he took over and skillfully threaded the bolts up and tighten it for me. I thank him and just surprise of the kindness a stranger would show to me. It really make me feel warm inside.

    the bad new is when it came to time to rotate the tires of my car, the garage told me that one tire was threaded wrong, they had to cut the whole bolt down just to take the tire down. LOL, i really wish to kick that guy then.

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    Jan 16, 2008 4:01 AM GMT
    My english teacher my soph year of high school introduced my class and I to this concept. The idea was to try to counterract random acts of senseless violence with RASKS. We had to do like ten of them if I remember. Cool idea.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    Every time I go snowboarding I get a random act of kindness. I always park my truck at the bottom of the hill and hitchhike up and down. Sure I'm soliciting said act, but there's always the possibility that no one will give me a ride. Granted, most skiers and boarders are decent folk and willing to give people rides so the probability is low, but it's still there.

    I also do the same for fellow hitchhiking riders or those who have gotten lost on the mountain and ended up meeting the road. That's just good boarder karma right there.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    My boyfriend and I broke up on the 6th - don't worry - nothing too dramatic. He just left me for another guy - oh, well!

    Anyways, he came down with strep towards the end of the week (Karma is a bitch...) so I brought him some sorbet at 10pm on the 12th to soothe his throat - no reason to not be friends with the guy.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:15 AM GMT
    Do unto others...
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:19 AM GMT
    Deano963 saidMy english teacher my soph year of high school introduced my class and I to this concept. The idea was to try to counterract random acts of senseless violence with RASKS. We had to do like ten of them if I remember. Cool idea.


    What kinda of RASKS you guys did?
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    The most random act of kindness I've ever experienced didn't even come from a human being. The day my mother died nurses and administrators were scrambling all over the place leaving me sitting alone in the hallway trying to absorb what had finally happened. Out of the blue a rough looking little dog ran in through the front doors of the facility and just sat next to me until I could collect myself enough to call my family and then ran back outside and I never saw it again.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    When I was still married, my wife and I and our two (then very small children) were in the car and got hit by a hit and run driver in the most dangerous part of Brooklyn. The car was a mess; fortunately no one was hurt. So I went to a payphone to call for a tow truck.....and as we waited for it to come, we were approached by three African-American teenagers wearing what looked to be gang outfits....

    ..and they proceeded to tell us that we were in a very dangerous place for us to be, and that they would wait with us until the truck came to make sure we stayed safe. Which they did. All they would accept was a couple of cigarettes (yeah, okay, I smoked back then).

    Great guys.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    RBY71 said Out of the blue a rough looking little dog ran in through the front doors of the facility and just sat next to me until I could collect myself enough to call my family and then ran back outside and I never saw it again.


    I have heard that dog can sense human in desperate situation and would come to comfort the person. Quit a God send if I may say.
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    Jan 16, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    I have a boss at work that never ever gets mad no matter how many mistakes I made when I was learning my trade. He went above and beyond with me, always saying "its all good, dont worry about it" no matter what I messed up. His wife is lucky to have someone like that.




    I always say thank you, please and always exhibit small town hospitality...Y'all icon_smile.gif

    and i never fart in elevators
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    Jan 17, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    For me with work, I will open up the toys for little kids after their parents have bought them. I sometimes also will pick up stuff that a little kid dropped and give it to the parent nearby. I do hold doors and say please and thanks to whomever I meet. That's really about it for me here that I can think of.
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    Jan 17, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    scottNV said

    and i never fart in elevators


    Good one!

    I got another one. My partner and I were at the Old Country Buffet one afternoon during christmas season. (yes I eat buffet, and only because I get many selections) While waiting there in line, we noticed an old couple behind us. Again, I don't know why, both of us feel we want to do something for them, but neither of us talk about it. maybe it's their old 50's coats and the woman digging thru her purse for money. So my partner offered to paid for their meal, they were so thankful they cant' stop saying thanks. The owner was behind the cashier and was happy to see this and ask us why, we just say it's the season of giving.

    Later during our meal, he came to us with a couple for 2 free lunchs. That was one special day.
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    Jan 17, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    In the area of West Hollywood where my ex lives and I visit frequently there are a number of older, retired people living alone. It's amazing to see the smiles on their faces if I will stop while walking my dog and just talk with them and let them play with my dog and get licks from him. Such a little thing.
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    Feb 11, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    "Join Me"

    it is jus a fuckin lame
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    Feb 11, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    Atlazeia said... that entire day was filled with warm and friendly strangers and it totally made my day. icon_smile.gif


    ...didn't anyone ask, "Can I get your autograph, Mr. Aiken?" at allicon_question.gificon_razz.gif
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    Feb 11, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    svengali11 saidIn the area of West Hollywood where my ex lives and I visit frequently there are a number of older, retired people living alone. It's amazing to see the smiles on their faces if I will stop while walking my dog and just talk with them and let them play with my dog and get licks from him. Such a little thing.


    Reminds of me of Kate Winslet's character in "The Holiday"
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    Feb 11, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    Just Saturday I was doing some mt biking and found an Infinity car key...very shiny so I knew it was just dropped. When I went back on my path towards where I started I was asking everyone if it was there's. Finally found a guy searching... boy was he happy....I felt good...the reward was the look on his face and the sincere appreciation he showed. It made my day!
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    Jan 22, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    I refrained from speaking today... nothing good will come out of my mouth if it opens. That I spared the world from my bitterness and melancholy is not random or kind but it is deliberate and benevolent.
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    Jan 22, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    After I was done skiing last weekend I gave a guy's dead car a jumpstart. It wasn't anything special though. What else is a person supposed to do? Leave 'em stranded?