a glimpse of kindness

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    Mar 07, 2008 12:02 AM GMT
    in a world in which people have degraded in personal morality and value increasingly more, where a simple "Hello" or "How are you" are almost a trespass on the monotony and solitude that has become the ideal life of the stranger passerby, where simply holding the door open for someone has become a burden, it is sad how a simple act of kindness is now so significant to me that it brings me almost to tears...

    ...today my jacket was stolen. "big deal," right? after all, it's only a jacket. well what they didn't know is that my sister gave me that jacket for my birthday, what they didn't know is that I'm sick with a cold and this freezing rainy weather is torture to me right now, and what they didn't know is that I had to park over a mile away to day because my school's parking lot is ridiculously packed. why did they take it upon themselves to ruin my day?

    ...and this isn't the first time. no. i wouldn't have such a negative view of the world right now had it just been this one incident. i'm just tired of forgiving them thinking "they probably needed it more than i did." because not only have they stole property from me, but they've stolen the very essence of my being: my identity. and not only THAT, but they also have stolen my whole family's identity.

    and i'm sorry, but when you go charging up credit cards under all of our names to buy electronics, groceries, clothes, and appliances, you don't have my sympathy even if you are drug addicts. and FUCK YOU, my family has almost nothing besides each other and we do NOT deserve this shit. my grandmother recently passed away, my mom just had a baby, im going to school...we are in a financial SHIT HOLE. why us?

    sigh. i try my best to keep a positive attitude and be happy and do well in school, but it gets harder and harder to do so. its the acts of people like these that make me lose hope in humanity. why do we treat each other like this? we aren't animals. we were given the power of reasoning and self-awareness for a reason.

    i went to pick up my dry cleaning after work today. the lady asked me how my day had been. it was the most sincere greeting i've probably ever gotten. so i was honest. "my day has been good! besides getting my jacket stolen, being sick, walking a mile to my car in the cold and in the rain, my day has been GREAT! how's yours?" its what she did next that left me in awe...

    ...she stepped in the back and brought out all my clothes. she made sure everything was there and asked if everything was alright. then she very humbly brings out two additional pieces that didn't belong to me and says: "my husband brought these to get cleaned, i don't know if you like them, but i figured they might keep you warm." she took the plastic coverings off and they were two suit jackets. this to me, was the most kind thing any stranger has ever done for me. she was offering to GIVE me one of her husband's suit coats so that I could keep warm.

    now that, my friends, is... you know, i don't even know what it is. i'm speechless....

    anyone have similar stories?
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    Mar 07, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    Great story. icon_biggrin.gif

    There are good people out there, keep the faith.

    Thanks for sharing. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 07, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    thanks man, yea i know there's good people out there. they just need to be more visible sometimes. or more of them, haha.
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:55 AM GMT
    Nothing quite as awesome as that. Just little things that are forgotten over time.

    Sometimes some things make me lose hope in humanity too.

    And yet something always brings it back. icon_razz.gif

    I do however make the effort to show random kindness every now and then.

    Telling street vendors to keep the change, offering seats to women and old men in buses/jeepneys, offering to pay for an acquaintance's fare, etc. Not quite as generous as the dry cleaning lady. icon_razz.gif

    Oh yeah. A neighbor who offered to stand in to buy our house back from the bank when it got taken over by the bank because of debts in my early teens. icon_sad.gif Mom and Dad were already desperate because the auction forbids former owners and relatives to buy back the property.

    The family next door offered to help us with nothing in exchange. We had a bit of money borrowed from relatives and from selling most of our remaining land (we were quite well off when I was younger). The bank probably knew we were trying to buy back the house, but they didn't complain. They even let my father enter the bidding room with the neighbor.

    And most of all, fellow bidders DIDN'T challenge the bid. A really really kind thing to do since our house is on prime property and relatively big. They just probably knew that it was the previous owner who was buying it and didn't challenge it. If someone did... we'd probably be homeless by now, or living somewhere else. Shows not all people are just interested in money. icon_wink.gif

    (this was one of the most trying times of our family. We had already packed everything in anticipation of being forced out by the sheriff. When dad and our neighbor came home with the good news I felt like crying. Hehe)
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    Mar 07, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    Hearing stories like that is just so great. I have to say I do believe in karma and think that doing bad things won't bring about anything good. Thanks for sharing guys. Right now I'm feeling the opposite with my roommates, who are never doing dishes, recycling, garbage and stuff like that. They just assume that "someone else will do it". Ugh. It drives me crazy when people think that way.
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    Mar 08, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    oh my gosh, don't get me started on my roommate. icon_rolleyes.gif