Random Acts of Kindness

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by hermitlady, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    I went thru the drive thru at Starbucks this morning. When I got to the window to pay, my coffee had been paid for by the person in the car in front of me!

    I was so shocked! Nothing like that had ever happened to me before. Then I felt like such an idiot afterward, I should have continued it and paid for the person behind me! I guess I was just so surprised, I was flustered!

    Next time....I will!

    Have any of you experienced this, it made my day...even tho it was just a $2.00 cup of coffee:)

    Let's all try to do this sometime, Pay It Forward!
  2. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    You will do the same thing - pay it forward. It is such a surprise when a random act of kindness is bestowed on us that we are caught off guard. But didn't it feel good for you to know someone out there had a smile on their face all day for their good deed?

    I hear about good deeds and all, and I try to do good deeds when it is right in front of me. But paying for someone's coffee (or cleaning as in the commercial) is something I wouldn't think to do. Maybe tomorrow, I will make it my goal to do something nice to some unsuspecting soul~



    Many years ago, the driver in front of us paid for our bridge-fare..it was a wonderful surprise. Now my husband and I try to do that as often as we can..especially if we can get infront of an out-of-state car ~ it's our little way of saying, "Welcome to California"...

  4. boltchik

    boltchik New Member

    How wonderful! I just love to hear when things like that happen. Thanks for sharing. Kim :)
  5. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    I try to do them as often as I can.

    A woman with very limited income who goes to my church recently lost her little doggie. I annonymously gave her money to purchase a new dog and cover an initial vet office visit.

    I made 2 weeks worth of meals for another woman who had back surgery and was alone.

    I let small children in my neighborhood ride on my scooter with me around the block ---so their parents get a 15 or 20 minute break.

    I found the replacement parts for my neighbor's broken kitchen sink faucet and saved her a $85 service call with the plumber. The replacement parts were about $6.00 and her daughter was able to replace the broken part.

    I really like doing things for others. I may not be able to stand or walk very much, but that doesn't stop the rest of my body!

  6. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    One that comes to mind, happened to my son years ago. He was out of town with two of his children, shopping for school things. He had been laid off, but they were still okay, but was being careful on what they spend, etc. They certainly did not look needy or such.

    He stopped at a restaurant for lunch and as they were finishing eating, an elderly man stopped by their table and said he wanted to tell them how refreshing it was to see two children that age act so well and used table manners. He told my son that he was doing a wonderful job raising them and also told the children just how wonderful they were.

    He walked off then and paid his own bill before leaving.

    When my son got up and went to pay......he was told that the elderly gent had paid for their entire bill, including the tip.

    Not only did this help financially, which I am sure the gent did not know, but it raised my sons spirits that his hard work and all was recognized. Such is more appreciated in tight times. We never know what others are going through.

    My son loves doing such. Recently he took a large amount of things, including pop ccans to a redeemption ctr. He said their was a young man with a couple of small children doing the same. My son turned to him and said, I am just keeping these things out of landfills, I want you to have the money from it and my son left.
  7. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Thanks for the story--and the reminder.

    Isn't it fun to surprise someone with an act of kindness, or to receive one yourself?

  8. pumpkinpatch

    pumpkinpatch New Member

    I have a story to tell:

    Last year I was getting on the city bus and there was a little gentleman being escorted on the bus by a chaperone who put him in his seat and got off the Bus. This little guy had a big dairy Queen Blizzard in hand.

    While the bus was onroute i noticed the guy was not eating his Blizzard and it was going all over him and I mean everywhere.

    People were all looking at him but no-one was doing anything. I felt so sorry for him so I got up and started to help him. I grabbed all my kleenex and started to try to clean him up. As this was happening the bus driver was looking at us threw his mirror and stopped the bus.

    I took the full melting Blizzard, got off the bus and threw it out. Now you have to realize the bus was full of people all starring at this situation. The bus driver was so appreciative of me, he just kept thanking me.

    I felt good when i got off that bus. didn't even need a thank-you. Just helping a lad in distress with a little act of kindess was enough for me.

    Enjoy your weekend
  9. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I so agree with doing random acts of kindness.

    I think everything that you do for others will come back to you two-fold.

    I try to do as many as I can, and have taught my children to do the same.

    It goes back to the "it is far better to give than receive"!

    And ..... all acts of kindness do not have to involve money!
  10. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    Great stories everyone!!

    I hope we all will start a chain reaction of kindness!!!

    xxxooo Hermit
  11. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    Great story, great ideas, thanks.
  12. jmq

    jmq New Member

    that give hope in this stressful world we live in. Thank you for the reminder to be kinder too.