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Kindness Commitment Friday #10

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

My Personal Update

I cut off my hair to the shortest cut I’ve ever had and am mailing in my ponytail to the Locks of Love.  Here is what 14 inches of my hair looks like…

 

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #9

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story of Kindness from the World

I just want to send my very best wishes to everyone suffering and helping in Japan.  Good luck.

My Personal Update

My biggest act of kindness this week was simply being on hold for 30 minutes to report an injured hawk to the Houston SPCA.  A hawk flew into a window at my job but broke its wing…I didn’t want to leave it to starve to death, so I stuck around to make sure it was being picked up and none of the loose dogs in the area would get to it first. 

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #8

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story of Kindness from the World

Today’s story is from Kindness USA:

When I was a young boy about 8 years old, my younger sisters and I got the idea to buy something for my mother for Mother’s day.  Money was hard to come by. We went around to the neighbors and asked for pop bottles. Back then, soda pop was sold in bottles, and they were washed and refilled. There was a deposit on the bottles of $.02. per bottle  We were able to get three cartons, just 18 bottles, making a refund of $.36. I also had three cents saved.

So with a grand total of $.39 we walked uptown (about a mile) to where we knew a florist was located.When we went inside, someone asked what we wanted. We told them we wanted to buy flowers for Mothers  Day.  I reached into my pocket and pulled out our whole stash of cash, asking if that would be enough. 

Another gentleman, who I am sure was the owner, came over, looked us over, and said “just a minute”.  He went in back and came out with a geranium plant with gold foil wrapping around the pot. He took my three dimes, a nickle, and four pennies, and said, “Thank you very much.” I had no idea that the cost was about four times as much. And we went proudly home carring a flower plant for Mom.

My Personal Update

This week I volunteered for 3 hours again at my husband’s elementary school library book fair.  He’s trying to hit a $3000 goal.  It was mostly fun but I met a few children that made me want to tie my tubes…

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #7

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the World

Today’s story is actually a letter I found at People and Possibilities:

Once, many years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and was scheduled for a mastectomy. That morning I attended a college class in which the husband of a good friend was also a student. Most mornings we said hello to one another and that was about it – he would sit with his guy friends, and I usually sat alone. When he entered class that morning, he came and sat next to me. He never mentioned my mom, never talked about the situation at all…he just sat next to me and chatted a bit. That was the day I learned that sometimes the kindest act is just to BE there…and I always remember this as one of the most touching acts of kindness I’ve ever received.

My Personal Update

This week I gave up my extra hours at work to help my husband set up his elementary school library for a book fair he’s having this week and next week.  It was actually sort of fun since I just learned how to use the Scholastic cash register and labeled some shelves.  :-)

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #6

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the World

This is the most moving thing – a first-hand account of the protests in Egypt from a fellow blogger, Forst from the Frugal Zeitgeist.

The revolution that I experienced (and am now glued to through Al Jazeera, Skype, BBC, CNN, Facebook, Twitter and more)  was a scary but amazing experience.

On the first night we went to the protests and ended up hiding in a building whilst secret police searched it. We slipped out in the morning and luckily avoided a serious beating. Our area was looted and some of the looters caught turned out to be police with orders from the government to cause destruction. We spent nights with a table barricading a door, kept awake by gun shots while vigilanties protected our streets outside.

We expecienced intense respect and love between people who have finally risen up despite the odds against 30+ years of repression and living on unlivable wages under emergency laws.

I am not religious but seeing groups of muslims praying while Christians make a circle to protect them to thugs and then seeing that gesture reciprocated showed me that despite the fears pushed upon us by governments and fear mongerers people’s love and respect towards each other is more than alive.

That last part really made me tear up.  That’s the world I’m proud of…

My Personal Update

This week has been great but I think I’ve been on the receiving end of kindness more than the giving.  I’ve been blown away by the donated contributions my fellow bloggers have been making to my first blogoversary giveaway over at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff that goes live February 21st.  I was also given the best customer service at CVS on Monday while I was almost too sick to think…the lady was just so nice and I left with the meds I needed without having to read much, which was nice since my head was so stuffy.  Thank you world for a pretty great week!

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #5

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the News

Today’s story comes from Indiana News Center.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) — The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce has been serving the community for 135 years.

To celebrate the milestone the Chamber will be committing 135 random acts of kindness.

Their first act?

To assist the AIDS Task Force in creating the Larry Wardlaw Humanitarian Award.

The award was created to honor people and organizations who support the task force.

My Personal Update

The coolest dang thing happened to me in traffic.  The lights were out at a major intersection on my way home on Wednesday. 

Picture car-to-car traffic and I need to get to the far right lane 3 over from the far left lane.  It was awful.

But the very nice guy in a white truck next to me waved me in when I smiled at him.  Then a nice little car let me in one more to the right when I smiled, waved, and asked with my hands.  Then I was stuck.  One lane left to my goal.  But the guy to the left of me needed over too, so I let him in front of me and he gave a big wave.  Then he got SUPER lucky and was able to go over one more before I had the chance.  I drove up to take his spot, turned and made eye contact with him, and he waved me in.  SCORE!  It was an amazing dance of good feelings.

I have never been so happy to be stuck in traffic in my life!  :-)

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #4

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the News

Today’s story comes from Montana Ranchers Rally to Save Starving, Abandoned Horses.

100 tons of hay was donated to help save more than 400 horses that were left without food or water in Montana. 

It all started when a Billings-area rancher just stopped taking care of his 500 horses.  The manager of the NILE Foundation said that once they publicized the story, they had offers to help pouring in from around the world – even some people from Australia have pitched in!  Some people have offered to adopt several of the horses and others have volunteered to disburse food and water to the herd. 

The 100 tons of donated hay should last at least a few weeks while long-term plans are made.

My Personal Update

I gave a bag of mandarin oranges to a guy down on his luck on my way home.  I also drove back out and dropped off a couple of fleece blankets since it has been hitting the low 30′s around here this week at night.

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Kindness Commitment Friday #3

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the News

Wow, according to this article, “Two-year-old Nathan Saavedra is celebrating Christmas with a new, healthy kidney — thanks to the generosity of a stranger.”

Apparently Nathan suffers from a disorder that leads to a lot of kidney problems and Chris Doing, a 38 year-old IT Security Analyst, saw Nathan’s story in the Elgin Courier-News in April.  He went to the hospital to see if he was a blood match.  6 months later, Mr. Doing donated his very healthy kidney to Nathan.

Here’s what Mr. Doing had to say when he finally met Nathan and his mother:

It was a very emotional meeting for his mom and I.  I can’t put it into words. Obviously, she feels a debt that she can’t fathom repaying and that makes me uncomfortable, because I don’t feel like they owe me. I was just glad to help.

Isn’t that amazing?!  I  joined the Be The Match Registry about two years ago and hope that I am able to make a difference like that someday.

My Personal Update

I didn’t do anything truly amazing this week, but I helped some friends feel better.  I also gave one of the homeless men on my way home the banana I had left in my lunch bag.

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #2

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the News

I love this idea!  According to this article, Secret Agent L in Pittsburgh was finally revealed as Lisa Miller:

Her blog shows that she has been brightening people’s days by leaving small gifts behind at random places to make perfect strangers smile.

“People need that, and I’ve sort of always sensed that everyone you meet is carrying some sort of burden but a lot of people don’t share that,” Miller told Wright.

Her gifts are typically worth $5 or less, like a gift of quarters left at a Laundromat, an inspirational magnet and gift cards.

All of them have her calling card and an explanation.

“I want them to feel in the present, be aware of this life they’ve been given which is such a gift, and if I can be the person and let them know there is so much in this world that is good and they are good, that made my day,” Miller said. “I want to get out there in the community as a real person and see what I can do to spread kindness and make this world better, because we have a lot of hurt out there and I want to help that,” she said.

It’s amazing what a few little gifts can do for the spirit.  :-)

My Personal Update

I was kind of sucky this week.  I answered some questions for a few new bloggers though.  Other than that, I don’t know if I’ve even had enough human contact to pull off an act of kindness.  Well, I gave my husband a scalp massage…I doubt that counts though…

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?

Kindness Commitment Friday #1

For anybody just tuning in, I post a kindness story and update every Friday as my part of The Kindness Commitment Challenge. I personally think that making a concious effort to be nice will benefit ourselves and others alike. Please feel free to add your random act of kindness in the comment section every week – it’s great for inspiration and makes for happy Friday reading as well!

This Week’s Story from the News

I saw this article in the Cape Cod Times that made me smile.  Bill Harty lost his wallet Thursday, December 30th – the wallet that had the $1300 for his mortgage payment and his heating bill!  His best guess is that since he usually tossed it under his seat, he kicked it out accidentally getting into his own truck.  He honestly thought he would never see it again.

Friday morning, during her morning walk, Susan Parker noticed a wallet lying in the road.  She immediately looked for contact information and realized she knew Bill in passing.  She was finally able to talk to him later that afternoon when he was off of work.  She asked him to come by and pick it up quickly, lol.

As Bill says, “It renewed my faith in people.”  :-)

I personally think that returning a lost wallet is something everyone should do, but isn’t it nice when that actually happens?

My Personal Update

My biggest act of kindness this week was accompanying my friend to Dallas on Monday for her nephew’s funeral so she wouldn’t have to go alone.  In total, it was 9 hours of driving and 4 hours of grieving family events, but I did make her smile a few times.  It was a very sad vacation day, but I think it helped.  I really hope it did.

How did you do this week? Build any good karma? Have any ideas for us in the future?