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05-13-2014 05:15 PM

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Several years ago I watched “Pay It Forward”. The movie had a tremendous impact on my life.

Is this something you practice in your life? If so, in what ways?

”No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 05:27 PM

It’s just something you do,not something you need to talk about.

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 05:28 PM

If you don’t put money in the bank how will you ever make a withdrawal or take out a loan. This is how I try to explain it to my kids. What goes around comes around. Put some kindness in the bank without being asked and it will come back 10 fold!!! Take care of your fellow man and he will take care of you. But this requires faith in mankind.

My thing has always been to try and help those stuck on the side of the road. Or to give them a push out of traffic… The other random act of kindness I try to do is a SMILE. Just smile at someone you never know what kind of day they have had. It just might keep someone from jumping off the cliff.

Thats what I believe!!!

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 06:38 PM

All the time. Just yesterday a lady was walking down the sidewalk carrying some bags. Just as I saw her she set down the bags and walked off, out of curiosity I watched as she had walked back to get the rest of her bags that she had previously set down, then brought them to where she was. She set those bags down picked up the original bags walked a little farther down the street, set those bags down and returned for the other bags that she had set down. The bags were to heavy for her to carry all of them at once so it was taking her 3 times the walking to get wherever it was she was going. I went over and gave her a ride to the bus stop and gave her 10 dollars so that she could get to her aunts house.

I always try to help if someone needs it and I can provide it. It’s easier than we may think to do something nice for others. I also believe that it’s like banking up.

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 07:23 PM

I do it for my selfish reasons whether is needed, wanted, asked or not.

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 07:46 PM

Since I think that most people are good at heart, I think most people do many little “good” constantly. They also, for the most part, don’t even think about it or remember doing them. I help lost folks find where they’re going at work (hospital), I have bought meals for people who looked down and out in the cafeteria, and then left before they even knew who bought it. It’s not a matter of getting a thank you or even acknowledgement. My parents raised us that way and I know my father would come back to haunt me if I didn’t do it. I have 4 brothers who would do the same.

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#6 posted 05-13-2014 07:58 PM

I do and it’s the way I was brought up too. I like to think I’m teaching that to my kids as well. In my job I feel like I get paid to wash Firetrucks and fire hose, but that I help people for free. A cute little old lady approached me as I waited for salami at the deli a few weeks ago. In my cart I had two loaves of wheat bread. She asked where did you find that, I couldn’t find wheat bread anywhere. I told her where they were and that they were up high. She said oh that must be how I missed them. I said how about you just take these and I’ll get more. She was surprised and said are you sure. She only wanted one.

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#7 posted 05-13-2014 09:11 PM

Also, it never hurts to ask a silent blessing for someone even though they may not need you at the moment!

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 05-14-2014 12:29 AM

Many times people think that random acts of kindness have to be big or only go to people they feel “deserve” them. For me, it isn’t about that. Sometimes those who deserve it the least need it the most. I try to make kindness a way of life. It can be as simple as going out of my way to make a cashier at the local grocery (who is having a bad day) smile. It can be making sure to report excellent service to a manager, instead of just the bad stuff or taking a moment to stop and truly talk with a elderly neighbor…

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#9 posted 05-14-2014 01:01 AM

a1Jim;”It’s just something you do,not something you need to talk about.”

Well said.

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#10 posted 05-14-2014 01:15 AM

While I don’t think we need to talk about what we do for others, the topic itself can help others think of small ways they can make a difference in the world around them.

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#11 posted 05-14-2014 01:42 AM

As a non-believer, the concept of “love your neighbor as yourself”, you must first love yourself in order to love your neighbor. Can you love your neighbor in order to come to love yourself? Maybe. As a student of the three major religions of the world; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The parable of the good Seminarian pretty much sums up Christianity for me. The good Seminarian probably went to the tavern afterwards, had a few drinks and possibly hired a whore for the night. None of that was disclosed because it didn’t matter. Those thoughts were pre-planned. What mattered was that he reacted to his “righteous” instinct of being a descent human being and thus helped a person in need. The consequences became secondary to what his instinct was the right thing to do. Charity, piety, religiosity and every other form of religious-institution practices that define purity and “righteousness” are for those who are willing to swallow the concept….. The second video is a perfect example of conscious “righteousness”. Impulse based on internal drives instead of logical determinations.

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#12 posted 05-14-2014 04:47 PM

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 01:00 PM

What an inspiration, an eye opener.

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 06:18 PM

Thanks for posting Cricket.

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#15 posted 05-18-2014 06:38 PM

I really don’t think about it. I just do what I consider right.

I tell my kids to do what is right but not to buy into “karma” or some sort of “kindness bank”. The majority of their acts will not be rewarded by their fellow man . If they are doing it for some sort of recognition or reward from others they are doing it for the wrong reason. I also try to tell them if they do it to validate themselves as being a good person then they have other issues they need to deal with.

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