How Many have You Recieved A Random Act of Kindness?

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05-13-2014 11:29 PM

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We have all heard of those who do these things. So,... how many of you can share, with intimate details, the time YOU have received a random act of kindness of equal value? And WHY do you think, that it was or should be YOU who should receive that random act of kindness?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 05-14-2014 12:25 AM

I have received random acts of kindness many times in my life. I have no desire to share the intimate details, but I can say that I didn’t feel like I “deserved” them. They were given from the heart and had a huge impact on my life.

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 01:06 AM

Not very long ago, I went into Subway to get a Sub that was on Sale… it ended up NOT to be on SALE… I was pissed and had to pick another type of Sub… Ended up with a Meat Ball Sub with the Works!

I went to pay… only to find out another customer Paid My Bill for me!
I Couldn’t believe it!! A perfect stranger paid for our DINNER!
... He ducked out without a word… He didn’t want me to know he had done it…

I must have really looked like I needed it bad… no shave for awhile, etc. ...

It was a Nice thing for him to do…

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 01:24 AM

I have had many bestowed upon me as well. They are usually out of left field and always seem to touch me to the core. Spiritual experiences all of them. I like when they show up just when I need them the most. One such time was when I was stuck in my truck last winter during a Rain/Snow storm. I stalled in a dip between the alley and the street. As I stepped out of the truck the water/slush pool was very near as deep as my knee. I had my wife and 4 year old in the truck with me. Out of the blue a guy pulls up behind me and gives me a push into a parking spot on a side street (that usually never has any spots) while I was on the phone to a friend who borrowed me his car for the weekend until I could get my truck fixed and back home. Horrible but touching just the same.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 02:11 AM

Thanks for the details Joe and John. IMO, true random acts of kindness SHOULD be that memorable. I am glad they clearly stood out in your memory as such. It does give humanity some hope in themselves.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 04:19 AM

Picture this back in 1959, in Northern Rhodesia now (Zambia) . One night late, around 3:30am I am driving home in my Beetle and the engine just dies…. This is on a single lane road no buildings for miles behind or ahead and I am 45 miles from home… I get out and open the engine cover, just then a guy pulls up and asks what is wrong, without waiting for an answer he goes back to his car and returns with a tool / parts box, he asks me to try start the Beetle while he listens carefully to the sounds, Yep! it’s your capacitor in the distributor that gone. He pulls one out of his box and puts it in, then he tells me to get in and try to start the engine – the Beetle fires up right away!
Before I could get out to thank him from the bottom of my heart – he was gone, down the road taillights getting smaller and smaller..
I lie awake at night wondering just who he was…..

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 05-14-2014 04:37 AM

50 some years ago I got fired from a horrible job with an equal horrible boss.

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#7 posted 05-14-2014 04:57 AM

Given and received several, most typically things like paying for the person behind you at the toll booth, or when you pay for your meal at a fast food place you give them an extra $20 and tell them to pay as many people’s bills as you can with it, I’ve bought some food for some homeless (those that I know are actually homeless and not gaming the system) and sat down and chatted, etc.

I don’t do it super often, but even now and then I will.

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#8 posted 05-14-2014 04:58 AM

OK Mike, what has happened to you that prompted this thread…

... or maybe I should say… What have you done to help make people feel good like this?

Your side of the thread? :)

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#9 posted 05-14-2014 05:11 AM

I had a RAoK boomerang on me one Sunday morning. I had just come from church and spontaneously decided to breakfast at a local Mom and Pop restaurant. Sunday mornings are real real popular at this shop so there was a huge line. A family of four with two little girls who were really trying to be patient in the crowded and windy vestibule were in line behind me. My turn in line came and the server was going to seat me at a table for four ( there is only one of me and while I may have put on a bit o’ weight over the winter I don’t need four chairs LOL!) so I asked the server if she old seat the family of four who were in line behind me.. At first they protested but I assured them it made more sense for them to sit and get their little girls fed before their store of ‘little kid’ patience ran out :-) I eventually got a seat at a double table and enjoyed my breakfast. After a while the server came over to my table and told me that the couple had paid for my breakfast! It made an already delicious breakfast even sweeter. I love living in a little town.

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#10 posted 05-14-2014 05:56 AM

Standing in line at the grocery store. Sounds pretty familiar right? The guy in front of me is paying up his total of over a hundred bucks plus twenty seven cents. He starts fishing around in his pocket looking for the 27 cents. I already had my hand in my pocket and was fiddling with my change patiently waiting for him to finish, so I brought out a quarter and two pennies and said “here ya go!” He looked at me and said “great…..but now I’ll owe you 27 cents”. I said “don’t worry about it, pay it forward”. The cashier just looked at me with a smile. The guy took the change, said thanks and paid his tab. Oh BTW, I never met this guy before. When it came my turn to pay our total (I was with my wife) the cashier said “That was nice what you did. I’m going to give you 5% off your total”. Cool…..sounds good to me, thanks! That random act of kindness turned 27 cents into $4.24

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#11 posted 05-14-2014 06:19 PM

When I am driving down a particularly long and almost deserted stretch of lonely
highway….. and I see someone walking alone by the side of the road , .....I remember
when it was me… who was once wandering along on foot , miles from nowhere
on this very road . I have to remind myself really hard not to run that person over with my car.
When they are safely in my rearview mirror , I realize I have done my part .

When a homeless person approaches me and asks for some money to buy some food ,
believe me , they are not fooling me at all . That’s why I usually just hand them a
crack rock .

When I am finished cleaning , and the tools are put away , and it’s late at night , I sometimes
just wander out to the ally and wait for a random hobo that I can hit in the head with a mallet .
Hasn’t happened yet , but one can look up at the stars and dream .

opps ! damn, I believe I misread the OP’s topic , I’m presenting the wrong POV . I Must have gotten
it mixed up with some other Humanist threads that are popping up . What a blatant error on my part.
I should read more carefully before I answer next time . I blame the Educators for not teaching ‘random
acts ’ courses in our public schools .

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#12 posted 05-14-2014 06:29 PM

“So,... how many of you can share, with intimate details, the time YOU have received a random act of kindness of equal value?”

Of equal value to what?

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#13 posted 05-14-2014 06:51 PM

Ive been burned so many times in the last couple years after helping numerous people and so called friends.Now i turn my head and no longer help the majority of people i cant afford to be a door mat.

I put so much effort into helping others with no return at all I gave up already find someone else to help.

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#14 posted 05-14-2014 09:15 PM

I can’t think of too many times I have been on the receiving end to be honest. I had a member of a forum send me a box of paulownia for some crank baits, a guy I was a moderator with on a fishing forum sent me a few hundred dollars of fishing lures, and a coworker sold me some ash, hickory, and red oak for cheap.

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#15 posted 05-14-2014 09:32 PM

While rolling a cig in the smoking area outside the mall, a young fella offered me two tailor-mades. I was momentarily lost for words. I had come right from the shed and was in a bad need of a shave. ” He thinks I’m a derelict!”, I thought. I thanked him and explained I prefer rollies.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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