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Everyone has something to give

May 18th, 2010 · 7 Comments

 

The other day I stepped into an elevator and out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman rushing toward the elevator.  I pushed and held the “DOOR OPEN” button until the woman entered the elevator.  The woman smiled at me and thanked me for holding the elevator for her.  She mentioned that most people would not have held the elevator.  I told her that it is sometimes the little things that mean so much.  A minute or so later she stepped out of the elevator and then so did I.  We went on our own separate paths.  I did not know that lady and honestly I don’t even remember what she looks like. What has been stuck in my head is that holding the elevator for that lady was so simple but it made a positive impact in both her day and mine. 

I have seen and read about coffee shops where one customer “pays it forward” and buys the stranger behind them a cup of coffee.  The recipient of the free cup of coffee continues the act and before long hundreds of customers carry on this chain reaction.  Every time I see or hear about these types of stories I get goose bumps. 

Holding that elevator did not cost me a penny and I invested less than 30 seconds of my time.  Paying it forward with a cup of coffee is only a few dollars.  Normally the time, effort, and money that you put into a random act of kindness is so minute compared to the joy that you get out of it seeing the recipient’s reaction.

So please stop and think about giving this type of gift. Everyone has something to give.  Eye contact and a smile, holding open a door, allowing someone to go ahead of you in line, these are just a couple of ways to get the ball rolling.  Go ahead and try it!

I found a nice definition of a “random act of kindness” on Wikipedia.  Just reading it made me smile. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone performed one random act of kindness a day?

“A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities.”

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lester LaChappelle // May 25, 2010 at 04:55

    I am truly sorry to hear about your husbands ordeal. I also am a former marine Camp LeJeune, NC, 89-95. Well in 2005 I came home from being on the road for a month, going back to the airport someone hit my truck course they didn’t stick around. That was my luckest day went to the ER mainly do to being diagnoised with epilepsy while in marines. Thats when they found a pituitary brain tumor. Month later I had an 11 hour surgery to remove it, things were going all right, all most 4 1/2 years later the tumors back, larger than the previous one, I just went through my 2 nd surgery on 5-20-2010, the neurosurgeon believes he got the entire tumor this time. More MRI’s to come to keep close watch, any signs and doctors wants to gamma knife it before it has a chance to grow. Really not sure any more about any thing, headaches are still present pain meds do not work. Just taking it one day at a time. I would like to keep updated with your husbands progress . Thank you,
    Lester Lachappelle

  • 2 dr. gregory b. harris // Aug 20, 2010 at 20:50

    trina-did any of your doctors ever teach you how to fight cancer with food? no chemo, rad, or other drugs are needed. please consider contacting me. i teach my patients how to prevent/reverse cancer and other chronic diseases and think i can be of benefit to you and your family. 775 223 8260 dr.gbh

  • 3 Dr. Gregory B. Harris // Oct 14, 2010 at 12:45

    I am a doctor who treats cancer naturally with food, not radiation and chemo. I can help you in preventing a recurrence. If interested please see chronicdiseasereversal.com (the site is brand new and still a work in progress). dr.gbh

  • 4 Leader // Jan 31, 2011 at 20:13

    It is true that small acts of kindness can really make a difference in other people’s lives.

  • 5 Leader // Jan 31, 2011 at 20:14

    It is true that even the smallest act of kindness can have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

  • 6 HGH Therapy // Apr 10, 2011 at 22:55

    Thanks for the informaiton Dr. Gregory. Thanks for your contribution in health

  • 7 Cammy // May 16, 2011 at 04:22

    We should make kind to others . It gives us more comfortable feeling and who get help also find same feeling.

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