Acts of Kindness – Connecting With Others!

Today for “Acts of Kindness” I’d like to share a recent post by a fellow blogger and a motivational video.

The post, written by a very caring individual, was first read by my friend Ute of Ute’s Smile (she defines loving with her posts) who then shared it with me and suggested I pass it along to you – so I shall!

Russ from A Grateful Man posted the following experience a few days ago on his blog, thank you Russ!

“My Beloved and I were out on the town with some other couples when an elderly woman who appeared quite down on her luck and perhaps homeless walked up to our group and asked if we were going in a specific direction. We said we were. She asked if we could perhaps give a lift to her because she had someplace important to be and had no car or money.

As we had driven together, the owner of the car said, “Sorry, our car is too small and we can’t help you.” Then he walked away.

When no one was looking, another member of our group took some money from his wallet and dropped it on the ground. He then bent down to pick it up and handed it to the elderly lady. As he did so, he said, “I think you may have dropped this ma’am. It should be enough to hire a taxi to take you to where you want to go.”

The elderly woman’s eyes misted over with happiness and surprise as she took the money. She gave a knowing and grateful look to him as she thanked him.

I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I saw the look in the woman’s eyes.

Those eyes reminded me once again how small kindnesses can make huge differences in the lives of others, and it brightened my evening and lifted my spirit to experience it.”

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Russ’s words are a potent reminder. Thank you Russ!

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Another talented and caring friend, Michael of Morpethroad, recently shared a video with me, my special thanks. Some thoughts here to think on. Why our acts of kindness are more important than ever today!

Let daily “acts of kindness” be contagious in your own life! Become interconnected. Pay it forward! The rewards are awesome!

Thanks for the visit, have an excellent week ahead my friends!

~ Penny

An Act of Kindness – keeps giving – for both receiver and giver!

This is from my own ‘yesterdays’ of life but even though it happened a while ago the memory is indelibly printed in my mind. Each time I recall this day, I’m reminded why small acts of kindness are so important.

This experience happened while I was operating a small marketing firm in downtown Portland, Oregon. While trying to secure an appointment with an editor for a busy city newspaper, the lines to his office phone kept staying busy. Every 5 minutes or so the receptionist would come on the phone line and apologize for the delay.

Although I could hear in the background that she was extremely busy herself, her voice was polite and sincere. At one point, while she was asking me to wait on “hold” just a little bit longer, I heard her speaking to several people, at once, there in the reception room, she was clearly having a very hectic and difficult day.

Still, each time she spoke with me on the phone, she stayed polite, friendly and interactive. I finally said to her. “A hard day today?” And she told me it was one of the worst she’d ever had regarding situations to handle. I was greatly impressed that she did not let her bad day interfere with her ability to give great service. Eventually I did get to speak with the editor and an appointment was set for the next day.

The next morning as I prepared to go to the meeting I kept recalling the excellent demeanor of the receptionist, I wanted to thank her and acknowledge her “good job”. I stopped at a florist’s shop and bought a single rose. When I arrived at the newspaper’s offices, it only took a few minutes, once in the lobby to locate the receptionist. She was the busy person handling a variety of people standing by her desk while holding the phone to her ear.

I waited my turn then introduced myself to her mentioning my appointment with the editor. She checked a list on her desk and I could see she recalled our brief ‘back and forth’ phone interactions. In a friendly voice she gave me directions to his office.

I handed her the single red rose bud and thanked her for her courtesy on thea single rosebud phone. She looked up at me, tears flooding her eyes and the cool, calm demeanor vanished. With the tears rolling down her face I was rewarded with one of the largest and most sincere smiles I had ever seen. She thanked me profusely, and said “That was such a long hard day for me, thank you for thinking of me. I now have this rose to recall when I think about yesterday.”

I was personally overcome. I had just wanted to do a thoughtful gesture of kindness. To me “a little thing”, but for her, something that made her sit up straighter, feel much better about herself and the job she was doing … just because … Someone was thinking of her, appreciating her and letting her know!”

As I headed down the hall towards my appointment, my own heart felt lighter and my steps more carefree. I nailed the interview with the editor and my piece was published.

I’ve never forgotten the expression on her face or that day. An act of kindness does keep giving … for both the receiver and the giver!

Have an excellent day, thank you for stopping by,

~ Penny

Acts of Kindness

This Sunday I have but one act of kindness shared with me during the course of the previous week. Which I will be passing on to you in a moment. If you look at the categories at the top of this page you will see a category ACTS OF KINDNESS. If you’ve heard about, witnessed, received or been a part of an act of kindness please share in the comment section there.

Or you can share today in the comment section at the end of this post. Either way I will pass it on to readers to enjoy and appreciate the everyday acts of kindness that mostly go unnoticed but are all the more special because they happen to everyday people like you and I each day. I hope you’ll have one to share too.

Todays Act of Kindness is from Harula, her blog is Words That Serve ~ breathe, read…smile! She wrote:

Recently I was at the checkout in Tesco, when a lady next to me exclaimed, ‘ah, help, it’s gonna kill me…’. There was a spider, wandering over the counter amongst the plastic bags. The woman held her arms tight to her chest in fright, and told the cashier to ‘do something, do something!’

I was both curious and nervous. I expected the cashier to kill the spider, so I was kind of half turned away as I didn’t want to see and felt too shy to intervene. All kinds of judgmental thoughts were passing through my mind about the woman who was making such a fuss, and about the cashier whom I thought would kill this small being who wasn’t doing anyone any harm.

What happened next filled me with great happiness and a healthy dose of humble pie. The cashier came from out behind her desk, despite the fact there was quite a queue waiting. She took a piece of cardboard and encouraged the spider to climb onto it. Once it was secure she walked over to the nearest window, lying the piece of cardboard down gently and leaving the spider to make its next move, well away from all the fuss and fear.

She then returned to her desk and continued to serve with a smile. Not once did she tell the woman to stop complaining. or not to make a fuss etc, she just calmly moved the spider to a safe space. This act really touched me and woke me up to how wrong I can be when I make snap judgments about what I expect someone to do. Not a day goes by without people surprising me, and mostly for the good  🙂

Thank you Harula. I will say that a spider isn’t one of my favorite creatures that I share this planet with, and yet I was delighted in the manner in which the cashier handled the situation. There is a gentleness and serenity to many loving people and it comes across very clearly in this act of kindness. She calmed her customer and set free a spider to go about it’s business as if it were a regular occurrence in her day! Making very light of a small affair in the process! It is the little things that can make a big difference in a day!

Thank you for stopping by to read, have an excellent week ahead,

Penny,

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Act’s of Kindness: Loose Change, A Caring Caregiver,

… A Thoughtful Youth, and another little bird!

It’s Sunday so this means it’s time to present Acts of Kindness that have been shared with me by others, this past week! I have four new ones to share with you.

In the first Act of Kindness, loose change and a caring stranger make the difference for RoSy – of Sharing me myself and i – and her girls. In her own words:

“Just today I received an act of kindness. It was girls day out. My daughters, my niece, & me were going to hop on a local trolley ride. The driver couldn’t make change for the bill I had to pay with & I didn’t have enough small change to pay for our rides. As we were walking away – a lady said that she had some change & if it made enough for our fare with the change that I did have that we could have it. With her change & my change – we had enough for the trolley ride (with a few pennies to spare)!”
Small change made for big smiles —> :D :D :D :D

file000853215458In the second act of kindness, Tez shares a special moment with a very special caregiver, her story:

“This week I experienced an act of kindness from my Home and Community Carer, Carol, who is a lovely woman. She brought me a packet of my favourite biscuits, which we shared with a cup of tea and, of course, a good old natter. She takes such good care of me and is always so kind. I’m very lucky.” Its one thing to do a job, quite another to really care and make a special difference in someone’s life. I agree with Tez, Carol is a lovely woman.

file9571342883720In the third act of Kindness, When Sharla was reading the act of kindness by Lesley Fletcher of Inspiration Import who shared her moving story of saving the life of a little bird last Sunday, it reminded Sharla of her encounter while photographing a nest of baby mockingbirds shared on her blog Catnipoflife posted on July 17.  “In checking on the these newborn ‘babies’ a few days later, there was one left in the nest so I captured a photo. Today, I checked again and the nest was empty. In turning to walk away, I glanced toward the ground and saw the tiny bird on the ground. The click of yet more photos stirred the baby so I knew it was alive. I thought about the tiny baby on the ground for most of the day. With storm clouds gathering and rain in the midst, I ventured out at dusk gently lifting the tiny soul (with gloves on, of course) and placing it back in its nest. I know Mother Nature has a way of taking care of its own but something compelled me to help this new life…maybe it was the impending storm.” A helping hand for a new little bird, is a noble gesture. Thank you Sharla!

file000767348141In the fourth Act of Kindness Lisa shares a story of her young son’s concern for the safety of an elderly neighbor after a recent series of Earthquakes in New Zealand (thinking not of himself but of others) recently, Her words: on her blog of July 22nd: ACT OF KINDNESS FROM MY BOY!

“I’m so proud of my boy he went over to our 86 yr old neighbour to check she hadn’t fallen and all was ok how cool is that ….very proud mom of him! As she should be, a wonderful act of kindness by a caring young man!”

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Thank you to each, for taking a few minutes to share these acts of kindness. I’d love to hear of an act of kindness you were involved with or have heard about.

At the top of this page you’ll see the title Acts of Kindness. In the comment section: share your story. Next Sunday I will pass your story on to my readers. I look forward to hearing from you. Until then I hope you have an excellent week filled with many acts of kindness.

Penny

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