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I want to hear from you

Yesterday marked act 90 and over 90 days that I’ve been sharing the acts of kindness that I have performed each day. The receivers have been friends, family, my wife, and even complete strangers. But enough about me, now I want to hear from you. I would like for you to write and comment on this blog about examples of the kind acts you would like to receive. What random act of kindness would blow your mind and leave you speechless? Or tell us about your own acts of kindness.

What kind acts have you performed in the past that made a difference to someone and left an impression on you as well? I know there are many kind people out there, let’s hear your stories….


Act 85

Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

I was out shopping with my wife (as if that isn’t an act of kindness in itself). But while she was in another store looking at something, I sneaked away and came back surprising her with a box of While they weren’t actually Girl Scout Samoas (we have some at home), they were delicious!

Yes, I was able to eat one….

Act 63

Monday, March 16, 2009.lady-and-grocery-cart

I was back at the store this evening (it seems I go there alot). This time played out a little differently. I had a buggy full of groceries and was checking out at the cashier. Behind me in line was an older lady with her own buggy completely full of groceries. What to do, what to do?

While my groceries were being rung up and bagged, I proceeded to go back and help the lady empty her cart and put her groceries onto the conveyor. This made it easier for her to move through the line and hopefully made her visit to the store a little less of a hassle than it usually is.

Act 62

Sunday, March 15, 2009.

I visited a department store to purchase some new clothes. I had the items selected and went on to the store’s dressing room’s to try them on. When I went into the store dressing room, the previous person had left several items of clothes laying all over the little room and piled up in the corner.dressing-room

The hangers were actually there still, someone had just been too lazy to hang the stuff back up. I could have just gone to another room to use, but I hung my possible new clothes on the hook in the dressing room and began gathering and sorting all the discarded clothes laying around. I took care to properly fold with the crease the pants before returning them to their hangers and also buttoning up the shirts securely back on their hangers as well. I then returned the clothes left in the dressing room to the return rack near customer service. Now I could go back and try the clothes I was thinking about buying on and see how they fit.

Do Something 2009

Herald de Pariset Cie., Traveling Diva Dot Com, and My Neighbors Network all in Washington, DC have joined together to sponsor, DO SOMETHING, 2009.

WASHINGTON, DC  On Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, we’re asking you to DO SOMETHING – a random act of kindness, make someone smile, or simply change your routine.  We, as a species, can not allow ourselves to become complacent, just waiting for someone to fix the world’s problems for us.

Next Wednesday, we urge you to step-up:  Read to a children’s class, volunteer to feed the homeless, go spend an hour with your elderly shut-in neighbor, give a baguette to a hungry person, or even just offer your seat on the bus to someone else.  Just simply, pay the bridge toll of the person in the car behind you.

Get the idea?

If you are a business owner have a sale, offer a discount, give away food, SHARE. You see, we can go forth huddled in fear, hoping the problems resolve themselves, or we can go forth unafraid and make the changes ourselves.

Next Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, please join us.  Perform that random act of kindness – I promise it will make you feel a lot better than sitting and waiting.  Then, please tell me what you did – post your experience in the comments even some pictures.  Inspire others with your own selfless acts.  But please, just DO SOMETHING.

Together we can change the world.

One Act at a Time

President Obama has charged us with changing the world around us in a positive way.

Here are some simple way to bring more loving-kindness into your life and the lives of those around you.

1. For the remainder of February, every time you see a red heart, consider it a signal to perform an act of kindness. It could just be a smile to passing stranger, a “Thank you” to a salesperson, or a phone call to an elderly neighbor.

2. Ask yourself, “How can I be kinder toward my loved one? What small act of kindness can I introduce into our daily routine that will express my love for them?” Don’t forget your own well being!

3. Every morning how can I be kinder toward yourself today? How can I enrich my life and thereby the world around me?

4. Next week, go online and see what is being organized in your community. Volunteer with gratitude and joy, and pay it forward.

5. Post these words on your refrigerator or your desk, and live each day. “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Stephen Grellet.

Have fun and savor each moment of giving and receiving loving-kindness!

Act 30

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

It’s good to be able to help out a friend in need. I was able to use my personal connections to help a long time friend out. He’s not in a profession where he is required to dress up or wear anything more than jeans and a t-shirt. But he needed a new dress shirt for an event he was going to attend.

We shopped at a men’s suit store together for the shirt. I was careful to help him pick out the best color shirt that would go with the most pairs of dress pants that he already owned. I knew the management at the storshirts-tiese where we were, and was able to get him a huge discount on the dress shirt. He was so pleased that he had saved money on the shirt, he actually even bought a tie to go with it also!