Friday, November 18, 2016

Helped Out By A Stranger: Kindness In A Stressed-Out Society

"I've always depended on the kindness of strangers."
-Tennessee Williams from A Streetcar Named Desire

Good Day World!

Have you ever been helped out by a kind stranger?

If you have, then you know what a difference it can make in your day, and sometimes your life. 

It sure did for Mike McIntyre. He set out to walk from coast to coast without a dime in his pocket. He wrote a book titled - The Kindness of Strangers - that told the story behind his six week adventure. 

Throughout his journey, the journalist became involved with people from all walks of life. He found out that sometimes those who give the most have the least to spare.

I've found that to be very true in my life. That's why I love reading about stories like this one:

How Good Found Me In A Bad Neighborhood

Sometimes when we travel alone we meet strangers who quickly become confidants. Like this story:  

Two Strangers On A Plane

One of my favorite forms of showing kindness is when someone conceals their identity and helps out people in need.
Here's a great example:

Mystery Donor Buys New Car For Paralyzed Mother of Three Kids, Helps Family Get Back On Its Feet

It's important that we don't condemn the entire population for perceived slights. Generalizing segments of society ends up being a negative narrative that will take you nowhere.  

Here's 21 Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Believe in the Human Race.

Henry James wrote, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” 

Remember, it doesn't have to cost you anything to be kind, and the rewards are endless. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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