Our life everyday is filled with opportunities to make kindness the action that may change someone’s life. What you do for others, is often the best rewards you earn for yourself.
Be the deciding factor in someone’s life.
Don’t wait for an act of kindness to be random in your life of sharing who you are and what you have. Choose the next step above and be a daily act of kindness in the lives of others. Make it a plan to drop by the area where the homeless hang out and leave some good food with one in need. Carry a few one dollar umbrellas from your local thrift or Dollar General Store in your car to hand out to people sitting at a bus stop on a rainy day, I guarantee, they either forgot to carry or can’t afford one. Most of these people will share that umbrella. (I keep them in my car everyday) That clothing you no longer fit or need, drop it off where it can be used. When you are sitting in McDonald or Burger King or your other favorite fast food and you see a large family, obviously short on funds, buy something special for the children after talking to the parent first. I have a large wooded property and each winter, I cut firewood for various families which I started doing years back when I drove past a two room house and saw an old lady trying to get wood scraps out of her yard to start a fire. Her husband was sick and has since died, and she moved to a nursing home four years later, but I have carried on that tradition with other families. I have worn out five chainsaws, but it keeps me in shape. My wife and I make it a point to eat at new and struggling family businesses when we can. Sometimes at other restaurants, the tip you leave for the waiter or waitress working his or her way through college will keep them in school. I always ask our server, “Where do you go to school?”
Caution and courtesy must always be maintained. My wife and I have had many funny and interesting things happen over the years. The example above, the bus stop on a rainy day, is one in particular. We lived near an area where the housemaids came early and most of the ladies went home around two in the afternoon. One day, as we drove down the main street with bus stops, we noticed it was beginning to sprinkle and my wife reached into the back seat and we began passing out umbrellas through the window on her side. Of course we always got happy smiles and a big thank you. On one occasion, we drove over to where two people were sitting on a bench waiting for a bus. My wife handed out a single umbrella thinking it would be big enough for two people. The lady that grabbed the umbrella first, opened it and instead of moving closer to the other lady, got up and walked away so as not to share. We both saw it in looked at each other and laughed. They were of very different religions we found out later. Anyway, to make a long story short, it was a four lane highway and after some lane changing and maneuvering, I went back and my wife handed out another umbrella.
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In my teaching career, I always mentored one or more students each year. Many of these refugee or project children are today doing their own good deeds. Many of these young people are my good freinds forty years later.
As a youngster, I too was helped and I never forgot it. I don’t have just one person to mention, but many. I couldn’t pick out one to say he or she did it, but one that comes to mind; our local state game supervisor who was a perfect example of all that this post talks about. He and several of my teachers did so much to shape my outlook on life.
Sometimes it is difficult to decide what is appropriate and proper, but with practice, you can get good at being a random act of kindness, and it doesn’t have to be very much. As I said earlier, some times what you think is a good and necessary deed turns out to be rather funny. I will save that story for later.