Random Acts of Kindness

September 18, 2013 — 4 Comments

I love hearing about random acts of kindness. My heart sings knowing there are loving, caring, and decent people who go out of their way to help and bring joy to others. There’s so much negativity in the world, and so often, only bad news is reported. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear stories of random acts of kindness, or, better yet, to experience them firsthand for yourself.

 

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I hope we’ve all had the opportunity to be recipients of wonderfully humane acts which bring joy and feelings of gratitude. I know I certainly have.

In particular, I have special, vivid memories of acts of kindness bestowed upon me during my travels. For example, in my younger days, I remember being on a train in France, and not having the correct currency to buy food on the train. I was so hungry but didn’t know what to do. A young couple in the same car on my train generously offered to share their food with me. Despite our language barriers, we were able to communicate and became friends during that long train ride. I was so grateful for their kindness and compassion.

 

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Another situation that arose was when I was in Florence, Italy. I was waiting for a cab to take me to the airport, but found out from a stranger that I was not standing in the correct line for a cab. This was upsetting as I knew I was already late in getting to the airport and would miss my flight if I didn’t find a cab soon. This perfect stranger graciously offered to drive me to the airport. I was so grateful and managed to arrive at the airport in time for my flight. I still smile when I think about the kindness of this beautiful woman.

 

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A third adventure I’ll share was when I traveled in Turkey with my Turkish friend by car for two weeks, without a single map or GPS. We relied on the kindness of strangers to give us directions, and in three instances, strangers even took the time to drive to our destination and had us follow them. This was just one example of how warm and helpful Turkish people are!

There’s a saying that they will give you the shirt off their back if you need it, even if you’re a stranger. And, I actually witnessed my Turkish friend do just that! When we were at a gas station, the gas attendant remarked to him that he really liked his shirt. Without hesitating, he took off his shirt and gave it to him. I was surprised and completely inspired by his kind gesture!

 

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However, it is not only in my travels that I’ve experienced kindness from strangers. I was at a restaurant in Vancouver having breakfast, not too long ago. After I finished my meal, I went to the cashier to pay my bill. To my embarrassment, I did not have my wallet in my purse. I’ve never had that happen before and was, at first, worried I’d lost my wallet or had it stolen. Then, I realized my predicament. What was I to do? I didn’t have cash, credit cards, or even my phone.

While I was explaining my situation to the cashier and trying to figure out what to do, a sweet, elderly woman tapped me on the shoulders from behind and said, “Don’t worry dear, I’ll pay for your bill.” I looked at her gratefully, said thank you, and offered to pay her back by mailing a cheque or setting a time and place later in the day to meet her again. “No, no” she said, “I’m just visiting Vancouver. It’s not necessary.” I gave her a hug and with a twinkle in her eye, she said, “Just do something nice for someone else, and that’s how you can thank me, dearie.”

 

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How absolutely wonderful, I thought! What a terrific concept! Be kind to someone and ask him or her, in turn, to show kindness to someone else. What a lovely chain reaction we could set off in this world if everyone did the same! Perhaps we can start this chain reaction today. Please do something kind for someone today! You will never know what a difference you can make in that person’s life! Many blessings as we change the world together and make it a better place!

Love & kindness ♥

Mimi

I would love to hear about random acts of kindness you’ve experienced or can share, by commenting below! It will brighten up my day and others too!!!

 

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Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.

4 responses to Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Hello dear Mimi! I enjoyed your article and I too love to see acts of kindness in action. How much better would this world be if we all were not concerned so much with self, and more about others!

    I read a story about a man that devoted His entire life to helping others. Not just people who were nice looking or presentable but to people who had many afflictions and diseases. It touched my heart to hear that He would walk 50 miles out of His way to help a woman in need! He would feed people when they were hungry, comfort them when they were sad or scared, and when people had no possible way to reach the destination they were headed to, He made the way possible for them, at a great personal expense to himself!

    Many times He would take His time to help those that were sick, stand up for those who could not defend themselves, and always pushed for us to continue loving and helping each other the way He helped us. This man surely was the greatest person to ever live and the example of what we should strive to be.

    Even when people were in so much distress, even to their soul, He is still the way for them to receive peace, comfort, and ultimately save their lives through His redeeming act of true, unselfish, loving, and amazing desire to save those in need of saving!

    This man saved me in a time of life that I was in desperate need of help! I had made some mistakes that caused many people to turn away from me and almost lost my marriage! I had reached the end of the road, so I thought, and had nowhere else to go. Then, suddenly, this Man showed up and saved my life! He took me in when I thought I would never recover from my mistakes! His kindness and love, along with stern correction, selflessly helped put my life back on the right path!

    This Man is my hero and the Savior to all who come to Him. He welcomes everyone in need to Him and will never turn you away! This Man saved my life and countless others. One thing I cannot help but to admire, almost above all else, is His ability to stay with you once you meet Him. No matter what it takes He will continue to help you through all your troubles. This man knows all of the trials, tribulations, and temptations that we face in life because He has faced them and overcome them Himself!

    This Man is the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved us all so much that He gave the ultimate act of kindness, sacrificing Himself to be the forgiver of all the sins, transgressions, and trespasses of the world to open the only door into eternal life with the true Almighty God, who happens to be Jesus’ Father!

    I love the kindness displayed by Christ Jesus and will gladly share His story with anyone who would like to know more about the ultimate Savior!!

    Sincerely,
    ChristianTOOL

    P.S.
    If you would like to talk about Jesus, have any questions, or would like prayer for anything in your life, please let me know! Keep up the inspiring writing sister Mimi! God bless you!

  2. Thank you so much for writing this beautiful, eloquent, and thoughtful comment. I am also blessed, and humbled, to know this Man, and share your sentiments. I greatly appreciated you sharing your story and for sharing His story. Please keep sharing His love, kindness, and compassion. God bless you!!!

  3. Great Post, Indeed acts of Kindness are amazing, make the world feel that much better- Butterfly Effect , like no other… And yes may it start at this very Moment.
    Actually a few days ago somebody offered to pay for my breakfast, when i was just getting the bill..

    • Thank you very much for reading my post and for your comments. I’m glad we share the same kind experience of someone offering to pay for our meals. Yes, I like the term “Butterfly Effect”! One seemingly small act of kindness can set off a chain of positive reactions and change lives and the world in a way we can never imagine!!

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