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Random Acts of Kindness

Have you experienced or performed a Random Act of Kindness? Here's my story, share yours.

I remember some time ago seeing a bumper sticker with the words 'Perform Random Acts of Kindness.' Now I'm the one shopping for that sticker so I can remind myself to 'pay it forward.' Today, in the pouring rain, a total stranger stepped away from filling his own tire with air, took the hose out of my hands, knelt down in a puddle, and filled up the almost-flattened tire on my car. It's not that I can't perform this task, but I was struggling a bit, the stranger noticed, and he immediately stepped forward to help me. Then he offered me suggestions about getting my tire checked out - even suggesting a place to go that would 'check the tires for free.' Wow! Another Random Act of Kindness - thank you Universe.

This is the second time within 2 weeks that someone has come forward - last time same scenario - different stranger - to offer and assist me. Another time, I was trying to carry a load of things to my car after breaking down my exhibitor table from the Milford Oyster Festival. A voice behind me said, 'Let me help you with that,' and before you know it this man with his wife and baby in a stroller come aside me and he takes some of the things from my hands. He insisted on walking with me all the way to my car, parked 3 blocks away - sending his wife and baby to their car, parked closer by. I tried to press a 'thank you $20' into his hand as I shook it, but he staunchly refused. I didn't get his name, but he smiled the whole time he was helping me, and smiled as he walked away. Amazing gesture and Random Act of Kindness - again from a total stranger.

Now these - folks - are a prime examples of everyday Random Acts of Kindness. It restores my faith in a world gone crazy with muggings, murder, mayhem, and the uncaring. Me, I'm going to be more proactively looking for 'Random Acts of Kindness' to perform. How about you?

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Sara c September 29, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I find that people are quick to criticize but rarely ever compliment. So my idea of "paying it forward" is to compliment -- sales people, service people or whomever.
Pamela Eckenrode October 02, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I will never forget what Tim's Auto Center in West Haven, CT did for me back in December 2010. I Had my car repaired there about a week before Christmas and on December 23rd it broke down again. I had it towed back to the garage and as busy as the mechanics were, they still looked at my car. It was Christmas eve and I'm sure they were all looking forward to leaving early to be with their families. They stayed to diagnose my car. When I was given the news that the job would cost over $600. and could not be done until after Christmas I broke down. I had no idea where I would get $600. from on Christmas eve. I was already struggling to get by as a single mom and had barely scraped together enough to give my 10 y/o son a Christmas. I did end up borrowing the money and didn't even know how I would begin to pay that person back. I was shopping at the family dollar in West Haven looking for a few cheap stocking stuffers while I waited for a friend to pick me up. My phone rand and when I picked it up it was Tim's garage telling me that my car was done and ready to be picked up.
Pamela Eckenrode October 02, 2012 at 01:55 AM
OOPS, WENT OVER THE ALLOTTED AMOUNT OF SPACE TO COMMENT.....continued from from previous comment.........The mechanic's had stayed to get my car done so that I would have it for the holiday. They sacrificed time with their own families to help me and my son! I left the store and walked over to Tim's Garage and it was then that I received my very first Christmas miracle! Tim would not accept the money I had borrowed. I not only had my car fixed in a jiffy but it also did not cost me anything!!! I will forever be eternally grateful to the mechanic's who stayed past their 1/2 day quitting time that Christmas eve to complete the job and to Tim for giving me the greatest Christmas gift ever. What they never knew was that my son and I were actually homeless that Christmas eve and were bouncing around places to sleep between hotels, friends and family. To this day they still don't realize what angel's they really were to us! My hope was renewed at a time when my faith was failing. My son and I shortly moved into our very own little apartment in Milford center. I am still burdened with car troubles from time to time as we all are but I will always remember the year I witnessed a miracle for myself!
Larissa Watt October 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Acts of kindness make the world go round..People are usually quick to complain so it's important to compliment as well..I try to remember to make a point to contact management when a cashier, attendant, etc goes out of their way to help me.. A smile or act of of kindness can significantly impact someone's day.. I have committed and received so many acts of kindness it is hard to narrow them down so I will share the 2 most recent ones.. Someone I didn't know and barely spoke to paid for my meal before they left the diner..Also, I was at the Dr.'s office and didn't realize I had a $50 cancellation fee from the last appt and I only had $30 on me and a woman I didn't know overheard the conversation at the front desk and paid the difference.. I believe when you give without expecting anything in return it comes back to you ten fold!!
Larissa Watt October 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
That was a really nice story, Pam..
Priscilla Lynn October 03, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Thanks for sharing Pamela, your story touched my heart and reinforced the knowledge that Random Acts of Kindness are life's daily miracles.
Priscilla Lynn October 03, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Thanks for sharing your story and thoughts Larissa. It made me smile and happy to read of such continuing goodness in the world.
Priscilla Lynn October 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Readers, keep sharing your stories here so we can all benefit from knowing there is still goodness in this crazy world we live in.
Missy Gaynor October 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I believe we are all caught up in the hustle and bustle of every day life and don't realize how many nice peope there are out there. For the most part, people are very nice and we all need to remember that and compliment more often. It is very easy to complain, but rarely do you hear compliments. The stories that everyone have shared are wonderful! Treat others the way you would want to be treated!

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