Discussion in 'Black Women - Mothers - Sisters - Daughters' started by CarrieMonet, Oct 28, 2004.
Whats the nicest thing you've ever done for a stranger? Why did you do it?
I never pulled anyone out of a burning car.
I am in DC. I always see people standing on a corner looking at a map and looking confused.
I help as often as I can.
On the net is probably by largetest contribution. I help bring businesses and consumers together. Sometimes I spot problems on websites and try to let owners know.
I have taught computer and martial arts classes locally, they are strangers, at least at first.
I work downtown in DC, and I practice random acts of kindness depending upon my mood. But to select the one thing that stands out I would have to say the day that I bought a homeless person I was about to pass on the street something to eat at a nearby store. I was feeling more blessed than usual that day, and something compelled me to stop and do something for him.
To add to this, something nice a stranger did for me one day...also during a lunch break at work, a friendly older gentleman, a cab driver in fact, was taking me to my destination, and out of nowhere, asked if I liked poetry. I said that I did, and he recited, verbatim and with such passion, various poems by Maya Angelou. He had the book for quite some time, and he handed it to me so I could read along. Then, he asked me to read some to him. It was great.
I've done a few things, but nothing really stands out. I've given a girl and her grandmother cab fare, but that was because I was paranoid about giving them a ride myself. I'm a sucker for those people with the signs who are begging for food/money, even though I know some of them may be lying. There's other miscellaneous stuff like helping people with car trouble and stuff like that, but like I said, nothing really stands out.
This question kind of disturbs me because when I usually do something generous, I don't view it as a kind deed. I veiw it as paying it forward. For every kind thing someone has done for me I do for someone else. There for I am always going out of my way to help when I can. Even when I don't feel so kind.
I remember one time I was checking out at a supermarket. My credit card was acting up on the swiper thang. I was standing on a crowed line and so embarassed. I knew I had cash on my card but for some reason the machine wasn't processing it. I then told the cashier to set my things aside while I go and call my bank to see what the problem was. A women behind me then pulled out her cash and paid for over $60.00 worth of food. I told her that it wasn't necessary because I was going to call my bank and straighten it out. She then said to me, "no, please let me do this. I haven't done anything nice for someone in a while and I would like to do this for you." I was so filled with emotions that I almost cried right there in the store. While she was checking out I went to the cash machine to withdrawl the money I owed her but when I went back to the line she was gone.
I know this thread was about the kindest thing that I have ever done for someone but it didn't feel right to mention those things because they were done out of kindeness I have received all through my life. I just want to give back the kindness that had been givin to me.
I try to help out as often as much as I can. For instance, the other day while at the supermarket, I was waiting for my grandmother, and a woman was at the atm, withdrew her money and left..atm card and all. I ran up to her and gave her the bank slip and her card. Im first aid and cpr certified as well, so I will be able to use that whenever there is an emergency. I also try to say hi to someone who looks like they aren't doing to good, and things like that
Say Purple you cool peoples and all, but it aint that serious. I do not think the intentions of the thread were to brag about your nice gesture, it was just to illustrate one so others can read and compare.
I have a few nice gestures, one nice gesture I did was give this lady and her kids who were stranded at the bus stop a paid ride home. It really makes me upset to see people sitting on wads of cash, and cannot even slide someone a buck in need.
You find this question disturbing? I understand where you're coming from and all, but the thread was meant to be a positive thing, not a disturbing thing and not a negative thing. DANG.
Sometimes we do something nice for someone without much forethought, and other times you may stop and make a decision to do an ACT of kindness. I asked the question not so people can BRAG about it, but just to share and reflect on making someone's day.
Awww Man family! LOL I didn't mean to take this on a down note. Sorry about that. I used the word disturbing for lack of a better word. LOL I guess the word disturbing is a little harsh. Let me see If I can think of a better word that will discribe exactly what I meant.
what I mean is, it stirred me to think about all the kind acts that I have received throughout my life. It brought about a smile to my face just thinking about them.
You are so right Brother Manasiac, it is not that serious. I didn't intend to make it seem as so.
This is one of those moments where wording makes all the diferences!
Please do continue to share all your acts of kindness. who knows, one of you might have been one of those gentle hearts who caused me to pay it forward.
I always feel like I word things bad. Thanks for clearing that up, I was almost feeling bad for trying to lighten things up. LOL!
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