Help the less fortunate

After a workout at the gym my little one and I stopped by Subway for some lunch. I was actively trying to think of my next act of kindness but nothing was really coming to me. I scanned the room looking at the customers, hoping for inspiration, but nothing hit.

We finished eating then walked outside and I happened to make eye contact with a man sitting on the sidewalk. He softly asked me if I had any change so he could get some food. Well I rarely if ever have actual cash on me. I told him that but said that if he wanted to follow me back into Subway I’d buy him some lunch. I told him to order two footlong’s so he’d have something for then and something for later.

He was a very quiet man, and seemed almost defeated. I’ve felt defeated before too, but for different reasons. As he quietly thanked me I replied with a heartfelt “You’re welcome” as I patted his arm.

No snark today, just a good deed, that my 4 year old asked me all about on our walk back to the car. He asked me why I bought that man lunch. “Because I could, honey, because I could.”

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. “

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“Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.”

William J.H. Boetcker

Slow & steady wins the race.

↑ An example of what is NOT a true act of kindness – even if it is just a teeny bit funny. ↑

I’ve managed to fit in a few random acts of kindness, nothing super huge or grand, just small scale RAK’s.

  1. I helped an older woman unload her grocery basket at the store. She was a bit hunched over and seemed to be struggling, so I just started helping her. I’ve found that if you ask someone if they want help, they’ll often just say “No thank you.” but if you just step forward with a smile and start helping they’ll let you help, and be grateful for it. While this was just a small gesture, it still felt good to know I helped someone in need.
  2. I found a parking meter that didn’t spit out paper tickets, but rather was the old school type where you feed the coins and the time increases. So I popped in a few quarters on a meter that was about to expire. Good deed done, that probably never got noticed. That’s okay, because I know and my 4 year old saw me do it. I’m happy to know I’m teaching him how to be kind, by example.
  3. At the mall yesterday I complimented a lady on her hair, and she got the biggest smile ever. Made me smile too.

And that completes my random acts of kindness for the past few days. What kind things have you done lately? Please share.

“You can feel better about yourself in a very short period of time depending on the kind of magic that you are doing.” ~ David Copperfield

Feed the meter…?

My random act of kindness today was simple. I fed a parking meter 0.75 cents today, to benefit a stranger.

Then I later found out that if someone doesn’t use it within a certain amount of time, the meter will time out and the city just keeps the money.

Totally bogus – no more parking meter RAoK’s for me!

Image.     ” Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.”  ~Author Unknown