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Random acts ofkindness     A collection of extraordinary        acts by ordinary peopleCOMPILED BY ROTARIAN MUDAR PATHERYA
I f someone were to pay you                                                                 ten cents for every kind word ...
A   s I entered the elevator on the third floor of the                                           medical center after a ch...
This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice                                         Physician: “I was driving home from a m...
At that moment, everything came into focus for       she had not been able to make ends meet. Sheme: the crying woman, the...
A    bout nine years ago I worked at a large                                         downtown hotel. Since we were connect...
I started to yet again wake him and send him on his way, but for some reason, I couldnt do it that day.                   ...
but couldnt because he was dying of                 each other. He was old enough to be my emphysema.                     ...
It was May in Bangkok, and even though I had                                          arrived from India after six months ...
Three months later in San Francisco, one of the founders of the very same non-profit I was working with in India (before l...
This year had been difficult for my family due      suggestions, we parted ways and I continued to                        ...
One day, my son and I were in line at the                                       Dollar store buying an assortment of produ...
I run a hotel in London. During the problems                                            with the infamous ash cloud, I was...
for the weekend at the hotel. She later called      me but I wont be giving you a ticket". back to say Peter and Maz were ...
One day, while I was walking to work, I                                               decided to bring some flowers that I...
doctors had dentists but most of their old       There is joy in giving                       patients had no teeth!      ...
04                                                                   Buy a stranger a free pizza.                         ...
IDEAS FOR KINDNESS                            IDEAS FOR KINDNESS                              15                          ...
IDEAS FOR KINDNESS                                      IDEAS FOR KINDNESS                              34                ...
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can.  In all the ways you can. In all the places you can.              At al...
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  1. 1. Random acts ofkindness A collection of extraordinary acts by ordinary peopleCOMPILED BY ROTARIAN MUDAR PATHERYA
  2. 2. I f someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?Disclaimer. This is a collection of articles collected – Nonpareilfrom various sources. This has been done with theobjective of inspiring more people to engage inrandom acts of kindness. If you should shareexperiences of these random acts with the compiler ofthis document at mudar@trisyscom.com, he A random act of kindness is a show (oftenpromises to include them in a second document on impulsive, often anonymous) of kindness to athe same subject. stranger without any expectation of gain
  3. 3. A s I entered the elevator on the third floor of the medical center after a check-up, I noticed an old gentleman in a wheelchair with an old lady behind him. I noticed his baseball cap with WWII on the front. Making small talk, I said, "So, you were in the big one." His answer stunned me. He said, "Yes, I went overseas a strapping young newlywed and I came back in this thing,” slapping each side of the wheelchair with his hands. A Soldier, His Wife, I stared, looked at his wife, and the magnitude of and Their Service what he said hit me like a ton of bricks. He married this woman, went to serve his country, was wounded and paralyzed and then returned to his POSTED BY BOB.BRUNSON ON JUL 8, 2010 wife who she stayed with all these years. Overcome with sadness and awe, I said: "I know you probably dont hear this nearly enough, but I want to thank you for your sacrifice for me and our country." I then looked at his wife and thanked her for her faithfulness to her husband. Then, even though I had never been in the military, I straightened myself and gave them both the best salute I could muster.2 3
  4. 4. This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician: “I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke, splutter and die. I barely managed to coast into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the A Regular Persons tow truck. It wouldnt even turn over. Before I Christmas Compassion could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the ‘quickie mart’ building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I POSTED BY MISSDRE ON JUN 22, 2010 got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.4 5
  5. 5. At that moment, everything came into focus for she had not been able to make ends meet. Sheme: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban knew she wouldnt have money to pay rent oncrammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back January 1, and finally in desperation had called her(1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95. parents, with whom she had not spoken in about five years. They lived in California and said sheI asked her if she was okay and if she needed could come live with them and try to get on herhelp, and she just kept saying I dont want my feet there.kids to see me crying, so we stood on the otherside of the pump from her car. She said she was I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quickdriving to California and that things were very prayer with her for safety on the road. As I washard for her right now. walking over to my car, she said, So, are you like an angel or something?I took out my card and swiped it through thecard reader on the pump so she could fill up her It was so incredible to be a part of someonecar completely, and while it was fueling, I walked elses miracle. And of course, you guessed it,to the next door McDonalds and bought 2 big when I got in my car it started right away and gotbags of food, some gift certificates for more, and me home with no problem. Ill put it in the shopa big cup of coffee. tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic wont find anything wrong.She told me her name, and that she lived inKansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and6 7
  6. 6. A bout nine years ago I worked at a large downtown hotel. Since we were connected to a mall and a public parking garage, anyone could pretty much walk into the hotel area. We started having a big problem with homeless youth living in our stairwells at night. As night manager, I ended up being the one to evict A Hotel Manager these youths, night after night after night. They Creates Some Magic never gave me any trouble though, they always just moved on when asked. One guy in particular stood out. He was over 6 POSTED BY LUNA1969 ON SEP 16, 2010 ft. tall and 200 lbs, and a tall mohawk. Wed find him everywhere, asleep sitting on a toilet stall in our banquet floor or sleeping on the stairs up to the roof, for instance. One early morning on my rounds I opened an emergency exit and found him face down snoring in the little exit cavity by the fire hose.8 9
  7. 7. I started to yet again wake him and send him on his way, but for some reason, I couldnt do it that day. A Phone Call, To a What I did next I dont know if I will ever Letter... To A Life understand. I went downstairs and bought a Changing Friendship large coffee and a chocolate donut, went back upstairs, opened the emergency door and set the package by his feet. When I closed the door POSTED BY CHICAKGK ON JUN 5, 2010 this time I let it slam so he would wake up. I wish I could have been there to see him wake up to hot coffee and a donut, dropped off by My first full-time job after high school was magic. selling vacation packages via telephone for a well known company. One day, the dialer connected me to a man that answered the phone and sounded a bit out of breath. Never doubt that small group of committed I started with my normal pitch, and expecting to hear the normal, "I dont want any," and be people can change the world. Indeed, it is the hung up on. Instead he spoke in a faint, weak only thing that ever truly has. voice and began to tell me how he wished he Margaret Mead (1901-1978), cultural anthropologist could take a vacation like the one I was offering,10 11
  8. 8. but couldnt because he was dying of each other. He was old enough to be my emphysema. grandfather, and in many ways, I felt as if he was. I apologized, and my heart fell into my stomach. He asked me if I smoked, which I did, and then About a year later I received a letter from his begged me to stop. He told me smoking is wife. She told me how Franks battle with the what was killing him, and how horrible it was. disease had finally come to an end, and he He told me to spend every day with my loved passed shortly before Christmas. She wanted to ones, and tell them all the time how much I love thank me for the letters I had written to Frank, them. and then explained how Frank touched many lives over the years. At his funeral, to show just At this point, I was in tears, and couldnt that, they read the first letter I had written to control myself, and he could tell. We ended the Frank to show how he affected a 19 year old he call, and I put my phone on hold to prevent had never even met. another call from coming in so I could collect myself. I will never forget how much that meant to me. After a few moments, I decided to write down his name and address, and just send him a card telling him that I appreciated his advice and that I would pray for him and his family. Shortly after, I received a nice letter back from Frank, Ive learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people along with a picture of him and his wife. We will never forget how you made them feel. continued to write back and forth over the next few months or so, and became very fond of – Maya Angelou12 13
  9. 9. It was May in Bangkok, and even though I had arrived from India after six months of volunteer work, the heat and humidity was exhausting. After a long day of temple visiting, I fell asleep on the sky train for about 5 minutes, only to A Lost Wallet wake up seconds before the door was about to Returned, Across slam shut at my stop. As I rush out onto the Three Continents platform, I realize that my wallet was gone! My wallet had been in my front pocket and I was sitting down with my backpack on my lap. POSTED BY TWOCENTS ON JUL 29, 2010 Given the heat and stickiness, even I had trouble getting my wallet out of my pocket, but the alleged thief managed to do so despite the awkwardness and obstacles, without waking me up. She certainly deserved something for that, and I had no ill will despite losing about $150 across 3 currencies.14 15
  10. 10. Three months later in San Francisco, one of the founders of the very same non-profit I was working with in India (before losing my wallet in Bangkok) was in town for a visit. Friends and supporters gathered to meet him, and just as we sat down for a few minutes of silence and prayer, I get a phone call from my aunt. Turns out that she had just got a letter from the US Helping an Old Man embassy in Sydney saying that they had my to Find Joy Again wallet! More incredibly, all my money across 3 currencies was still inside, and they wanted my permission to use $5 from my funds to send my POSTED BY 2ZDRBZ ON JUL 27, 2010 wallet back to me! And thats when I got the lesson I was meant to get. The kindness we put into the world always boomerangs back to us. The beauty of life is that we have the opportunity to throw a boomerang kindness every second of everyday.16 17
  11. 11. This year had been difficult for my family due suggestions, we parted ways and I continued to window-shop. to budget cuts and layoffs. With the holiday season around the corner, I didn’t know how I When I left the store I heard a woman calling was going to buy Christmas presents for my out “Ma’am, ma’am with the baby, you left children. something”. At first I kept walking because I One day while window shopping with my 4 didn’t think she was speaking to me because I month old son, a stranger walked up to me and knew I didn’t leave anything. When she caught began a conversation asking the usual baby up with me, she said that she had something for questions like how old is he, will Santa be me at customer service. I followed her to coming to see him, was he my only child, etc. customer service and she pushed a shopping He introduced himself as Ralph, and asked for cart full of bags toward me. She then handed help with shopping for his grandkids. me an envelope with a card which read: While shopping, he told me that he had been a “Thank you for helping an old man find joy widower for 2 years and his children and again. You made me believe that Martha is grandchildren were grown, and how the looking down on me from above to send one of holidays weren’t the same without them. When her angels when I needed one the most. The the cart was full of clothes and toys, Ralph said presents you helped me pick out are for you and that he also wanted to buy something for his your children. You are a kind person and this is grandchildrens mother. I made a few my thanks to you. Never change. – Ralph”18 19
  12. 12. One day, my son and I were in line at the Dollar store buying an assortment of products. In a line next to ours, a woman was waiting to make her purchases. She had a few necessities and one bag of chips. She stepped up to register to make her purchase and said, "Im sorry. I need to put the chips back. I cant afford them A Bag of Chips today." Changes My Son The woman completed her purchase and began to leave the store. It was finally my turn to check out. I quickly explained to the cashier POSTED BY DGRAV ON SEP 14, 2010 that I wanted to buy the chips for the lady who had set them aside. The cashier hesitated for just a second. Then she looked me right in the eye and said, "I didnt think people still did things like that for anybody else." She handed me the chips and I quickly handed them off to my son, who knew exactly what he needed to do. My son changed that day.20 21
  13. 13. I run a hotel in London. During the problems with the infamous ash cloud, I was listening to a London radio station called LBC. I spent the morning listening to people calling in telling their stories of woe....some had missed flights for holidays, some couldnt get home following the volcanic eruption. A Volcanic Eruption of The story that most struck me was a call from Kindness in London Peter who had just gotten married the previous weekend to Maz and were due to leave for their honeymoon to the Dominican Republic but could not due to the ash cloud. When James POSTED BY JELLYLEGS ON SEP 9, 2010 OBrien, the radio presenter, asked if he was upset, Peter said: "Not at all, Ive married the loveliest girl in the world whom I adore, so no, Im not unhappy at all". Both, the presenter and I were blown away by the beautiful answer. A little later, I called LBC and spoke to the producer of the show and asked if she could contact Peter to offer him and his wife a room22 23
  14. 14. for the weekend at the hotel. She later called me but I wont be giving you a ticket". back to say Peter and Maz were delighted and Considering traffic wardens work on commission would love to take up the offer. and having had numerous run-ins with them myself, I was dumb struck. So, in two days later, Peter and Maz arrived at the hotel and checked in. What is interesting is Peter and Maz decided to celebrate and go out to the sequence of events that followed after my Covent Garden for dinner. While eating, they initial offer. were chatting to their waiter, who asked why they were in London. When Peter told him about their The hotel is situated in Kensington, which is honeymoon, and then the hotel room gift and mainly a residential area and thus parking can be finally the traffic warden, the waiter was just as a bit of a problem. Peter had parked outside the surprised with all the generosity they had hotel in the residents parking zone and had received. When Peter came to pay the bill, all the written a note explaining the situation about waiter said was “Your dinners on me" and their honeymoon and staying at the hotel and wished them all the very best! left it on the dashboard of the car. Later that day he spotted a traffic warden reading the note I love how a simple phone call, led to a sequence and walking off! Kensington traffic wardens are of events that would touch so many. I was so notorious in their severity and ruthlessness. pleased to have made a bad situation better for a When Peter ran outside to see if parking there young couple, but what I really love is how it would be ok, the traffic warden said, "I dont snowballed into so much more. know if another traffic warden will be as nice as24 25
  15. 15. One day, while I was walking to work, I decided to bring some flowers that I had picked from my garden that morning. I came across a random stranger, and was inspired to give the bunch to him with a smile card. Struck by the sense of joy I felt from giving flowers to another person, and maybe Small Gestures brightening his day, I wanted to do it again. in the Workplace When I got to my office, I had the idea of anonymously leaving flowers around the workplace. So, for the past month, Ive been putting flowers in a little cup on the sink in the POSTED BY SMILESWITHHOPE ON AUG 7, 2010 bathroom. Each week, I change the flowers and the quote. Then today, when I walked in, I noticed new flowers in the cup, and a quote that someone else had written!! It said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world" – Gandhi. I did a little dance and am smiling wide for the rest of the day! :)26 27
  16. 16. doctors had dentists but most of their old There is joy in giving patients had no teeth! In Bangalore, you just had to make a wish and it came true in JGW. A 3-year-old boy wanted a Times of India implemented a Joy of Giving toy elephant but was terrified when his gift week that generated the following responses in arrived - for it was bigger than him! The boy September-October 2010: began to cry but later fell in love with his new Mumbais vada pav event had 10 volunteers toy. distributing 225 vada pavs to the homeless. Students of a few Mumbai night schools are in Excited by the success and goodwill created by for a surprise this month. Instead of the usual old this event, more college students came forward clothes that they are handed every year, theyll be and on Oct 1, volunteers distributed 500 vada gifted new tees. pavs. 0ver 300 Mumbai-kars were divided into A group in Ahmedabad offers a bunch of groups by NGO Akanksha on the basis of their very poor old people a free ride around the city hobbies. The art group encouraged pavement for a day. The group has served more than 500 dwellers at Lower Parel to paint and draw. The such grandmas and grandpas over the last one cooking and eating group visited an old age year. home and cooked pav bhaji for its 100 residents. A geriatric care camp was organized by An animal lovers group bathed and walked strays. Bangalores Ramaiah Medical College for basic Source: Times of India (Date: 03.10.10) medical checkups. interestingly, each team of28 29
  17. 17. 04 Buy a stranger a free pizza. 05 Distribute lollipops to kids. 06 Sing at a nursing home. 07 Slip paper hearts that say “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Have a great day!” under the windshield wipers of parked cars. 08 Have a charity day at work, with employees bringing IDEAS FOR KINDNESS nonperishable food items to donate. 09 Serve refreshments to customers. 10 Pay a compliment at least once a day. 11 01 Call or visit a homebound person. Bring flowers to work and share 12 them with coworkers. Hand out balloons to passersby. 02 13 Adopt a student who needs a friend, checking in Be a good neighbour. Take over a baked treat or periodically to see how things are going. stop by to say “Hello.” 03 14 Volunteer to be a tutor in a school. Give the gift of your smile.30 31
  18. 18. IDEAS FOR KINDNESS IDEAS FOR KINDNESS 15 24 Send home a note telling parents something Give blood. their child did well. 25 16 Give another driver your parking spot. Volunteer to read to students in the classroom. 26 17 Clean graffiti from neighbourhood walls Write notes of appreciation and bring flowers or and buildings. goodies to teachers or other important 27 people, such as the principal, nurse, Tell your employees how much custodian, and secretary. you appreciate their work. 18 28 Incorporate kindness into the curriculum Let your staff leave work an hour early. at area schools, day care centers, 29 or children’s classes in faith organizations. Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving. 19 Give a hug to a friend. 30 Drop off a plant, cookies, or sweets to 20 Tell your children why you love them. the police or fire department. 21 31 Write a note to your mother/father and tell them Open the door for another person. why they are special. 32 22 Leave a bouquet of flowers on the desk Pat someone on the back. of a colleague at work. 23 33 Write a thank-you note to a mentor. Call an estranged family member.32 33
  19. 19. IDEAS FOR KINDNESS IDEAS FOR KINDNESS 34 42 Pay for the person behind you in the movie line. Send a letter to some former teachers, 35 letting them know the difference they Renew an old friendship by sending a letter or made in your life. small gift to someone you haven’t talked 43 with in a long time. Organize a clothing drive for a shelter. 36 44 When drivers try to merge into your lane, Buy books for a day care or school. let them in with a wave and a smile. 45 37 Knit or crochet a baby’s blanket for Distribute kindness bookmarks the next baby born in a local hospital. that you have made. 46 I stand while riding the bus even when there are seats 38 Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person. available, so that someone else can sit. 47 39 Give out kindness ribbons to be worn and passed on. Plant a tree in your neighbourhood. 48 40 Give a lottery ticket to a stranger. Make a list of things to do to bring more kindness 49 into the world, and have a friend make a list. Include a note or joke in your child’s or Exchange lists and do one item spouse’s lunchbox. per day for a month. 50 41 Slip a Rs. 20 bill to a person who you know As you go about your day, pick up trash. is having financial difficulty.34 35
  20. 20. Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. John Wesley If you should share experiences of these random acts with the compiler of this document at mudar@trisyscom.com, he promises to include them in a second document on the same subject. A PRODUCT info@trisyscom.com36

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