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Let's Practice Random Acts of Kindness

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Dear Readers,

'Tis the season for us to be joining together and practicing random acts of kindness!!!

While I was in Von’s recently, a stranger left this hand-written note on the window of my car (including the smiley face).

“You have a flat tire. Just letting you know so you don’t ruin your rim. (:”

The flat was on the passenger side, and I didn’t notice it when I returned to my car. Had that kind stranger not left me the note, I would have driven off and possibly ruined my rim.

I was the lucky recipient of a random act of kindness.

I still have the note. I smile every time I read it. It’s inspired me to no end. Someone cared about someone they didn’t know, and took the time to demonstrate it.

Look at the impact it’s had – I’m writing a blog about this kind stranger!

A few days later, I went online to search for a local PC repair shop, and found “5 Star Computer Service” in North Hollywood. The owner, Greg, had excellent Yelp reviews, so I brought my laptop to him for servicing.

I brought my laptop to him for a diagnosis of the fan, which sounded like it was malfunctioning. Greg checked out the fan’s sound, asked me a few questions, then took us to the back yard and used his compression hose to blow the dust out of my laptop! His diagnosis was that the fan sounded fine, but probably had a few years of dust inside. He also suggested a cooling pad, and showed me some choices online for ordering a good, low-cost one.

“How much do I owe you?” I asked. Greg replied, “Nothing.”

I was the lucky recipient of a random act of kindness.

Shocked, I graciously thanked him, adding that I would spread the good word about him.

As I walked to my car, I felt very inspired by this man and his random act of kindness. I thought – here we are in this huge city of 18+ million people, and a kind stranger gifted me with that service. Yes, it took all of 20 minutes for the whole transaction, and some might judge it as a small thing – but I was so very impressed by Greg’s personality, his expertise, and his generosity.

Look at the impact it’s had – I’m blogging about this kind stranger – and recommending him to my 1000+ readers! By the way, he works only on PCs, not MACs.

Here is his website: http://www.5starcomputerservice.com and his Yelp reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/5-star-computer-service-north-hollywood

The night before Thanksgiving, I stopped at the super-crowded grocery store for a few last minute items. I got up to the counter and noticed that the check-out gal looked visibly upset. She made no eye contact with me and said an emotionless hello. I said a hearty hello with a big smile, and asked her if she was ok, saying she looked upset. I could see that she was a bit shocked that someone cared, and she explained how the previous customer had been very rude to her. I listened, and we exchanged some “holiday rudeness” stories and laughs. I consciously was kind and respectful, and I watched as her face gradually lit up and the smile came back to her face. She felt better, and I felt better – for practicing that simple but very powerful act of kindness to someone I had never met before.

This week, I noticed that a neighbor had left the lights on in her car. I spent a few minutes vacilating about whether or not I should tell her - because we don't know each other - and then remembered my intention to perform random acts of kindness, so walked over, knocked on the door, and let her know her lights were on. She thanked me! I felt good inside.

During this holiday season, when so much of the news is about random (and planned) acts of violence – let’s join together and be pleasantly conscious of outnumbering those who practice the destruction of life by practicing acts of kindness for those we know and don’t know.

What random acts of kindness can you practice? What random acts of kindness have you received?

Use the comments feature to share. Let’s fill this digital space and our daily lives with kindness and caring thoughts, words, and actions!

We’re here to live life and support life, not destroy it!

Care for yourself, care for your loved ones, care for your acquaintances and colleagues, care for strangers, care for all citizens of this one planet earth, and care for your home – the earth and all its nature.

Start consciously practicing acts of kindness today, and experience the natural high from doing it!

Peace,

Maddisen

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

Copyright 2015 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.

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