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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…

 

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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.  :-)

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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!

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