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Random Acts of Kindness Stories April 30, 2011

These stories are not mine, but i want to share them with you:

   Paying Forward My Gratitude: ( Again, these did not happen to me!!!)

When I was 23 years old I was in a dangerous relationship with the man who was my financee at the time. I was being physically and verbally abused on a daily basis.  I was financially tied to him (after he spent all my savings to pay his debts) but I wanted to be free! 

For the longest time I was too embarrassed to tell my mother about the situation. She had warned me about him. But, eventually, I worked up the courage to tell her and she sent me the money I needed to leave. 

Before the money arrived he found out what I planned to do. I was so scared of what he might do I decided to leave all my things and just get out of there.
Then, on my way to safety, my car died! I had automobile insurance (thanks to my mom) so I called the AAA and had them tow the car to a garage.  It turned out the repair was going to cost $80.00 and the money my mom sent hadn’t arrived by that point.  
The owner of the garage must have known something was up because he asked what was wrong. I told him a brief version of my story and told him I could pay him in two days.  
He never told me his name but I will never forget him or what he did for me that day! He fixed the car immediately and told me he would not accept any payment – ever! He said he had a daughter almost my age and would like to think that if she ever needed help in the future then some stranger might do the same for her.
Since then I have tried to help people in my own way. Now I have a beautiful twelve year old daughter and I hope throughout her life she can help others and be helped when she needs it, like I was!
( This did not happen to me)
   Remembering Why it’s Worth Helping: 

Just recently I had been wondering if there was much point in doing little acts of kindness. So often they get ignored, and occasionally they come back to bite you!

Then, just last week, after a long day of travelling, dragging suitcases behind me, I found myself delayed at a bus station. The bus was running four hours late! So, I guess I wasn’t in the best of moods.

That’s when a woman asked me if I had any spare change to help her get a bus ticket.

“Oh, sure,” I said, more than a little sarcastically. “How much would you like?”

As I spoke I mentally kicked myself for my attitude and reached into my bag for some money. As I handed her five dollars I heard her stomach rumble. This was no gentle, ladylike murmer. This had the growl of real hunger!

I reached back into my bag and brought out a Danish pastry I had bought earlier. I handed it to her with a smile I hoped would make up for my earlier tone of voice. Getting a good look at her now, I realised she was exhausted, like she had had several months of hard days!

As she took the Danish a look of relief washed over her and I thought she was going to cry. In her appreciation she tried to give me all she had to spare – a Milwaukee bus ticket! I don’t live in Milwaukee and the ticket will probably never be used, but I took it in the spirit it was given.

She went to get her ticket and I went back to my book.

A few minutes later she came back over, apologised, and told me she was still five dollars short. I grabbed some singles from my bag – and slipped a twenty in there as well. Of course, the voice in my head told me I was being a fool.

She thanked me and went back to the counter. Again I went back to my book.

Five minutes later she came back again and tried to return my twenty. When I said it was for her so she could get something else to eat besides the Danish, that I was completely serious and I wasn’t taking it back, she started crying and hugged me.

From now on, when I wonder if it is worth trying to help someone I will remember that woman. Maybe I really am making a difference for someone.

So, sure, sometimes my efforts might not be noticed, and sometimes they might still come back to bite me, but it’s worth all of that for the times we actually do help another human being! ( This did not happen to me, but to another person)

    Dinner with an Unexpected friend Changed my Life:
I was walking home from work on a busy city street with lots of people. I wasn’t looking forward to going home and my friends weren’t able to hang out with me.
That’s when I walked past a homeless person that I hadn’t seen before. He was moving back and forth to stay warm, and very gently asking for change. He spoke so quietly I could barely hear him.
Something made me stop, turn around, and walk up to him. All the while anxious thoughts whirled around in my head like, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ ‘You’re alone, it’s dark out and you’re a woman,’  
Before I knew what I was saying I asked him if he had had dinner yet and would he like to join me at a nearby restaurant. He said he hadn’t eaten and he would like to. So, he walked with me a few yards to the restaurant and held the door open for me as we entered.
He asked for the smallest thing on the menu but I ordered a larger meal and explained that the price difference wasn’t worth worrying about.
We had a good dinner and a pleasant conversation about everyday stuff like where we grew up and what kind of music we liked. The whole time I just prayed to say the right thing and to give him the respect and dignity everyone deserves. I didn’t want to come across like I was better then anybody or out to fix someone.
I was so grateful for this experience. I may not have met my friends that evening but I met an unexpected friend and the experience changed my life. It will make me think twice in future before I complain about something I think I lack.



2 Responses to “Random Acts of Kindness Stories”

  1. Marco Says:

    Good Theme.
    Love you… Dad

  2. Carlos Escobar Says:

    Hi Leoni, I think you don’t remember us, as you was almost a baby when we met. Random Acts of Kindness are the result of the Golden Rule: Matthew 7:12 (New International Version)
    12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

    Blessings from Carlos, Norma and Carlos Jr.

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