Friday, March 18, 2011

Spreading Kindness

"When you open your heart to spread kindness you are creating a profound ripple effect of joy." ~Mama Hen
This morning while I was getting my coffee at our local bakery, there was a little elderly gentleman behind me in line holding onto his bagels so sweetly. When it came time for me to pay I said with a huge smile on my face "I would like to pay for the nice gentleman as well please." In a second the girl at the register put on a big smile and the man also had a smile and twinkle in his eyes. He said, "You do not have to pay for my bagels. Why are you?" I replied without hesitation, "Because it is a nice thing to do. Enjoy them and later on you can pass on some kindness to someone else." He smiled and gave me a big thank you. Spreading a kind gesture is so easy and can have such a lasting effect on all who is involved. I was happy as I left and the little old man was smiling as he entered his car. Spread the love! You never know who you will effect in a positive way and just how important it may be at that moment for them to receive an act of kindness.

24 comments:

  1. What a beautiful act. It has inspired me to do something kind for someone today. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Awww.. that was such a sweet thing to do! Just recently you were blogging about how a nice sweet lady paid for your coffee (or something) and now you passed on the kind act! Good for you! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend Mama Hen! :)

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  3. You are so right. "You never know who you will effect in a positive way and just how important it may be at that moment for them to receive an act of kindness." Kindness has a ripple effect and it also brings joy to the giver :)

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  4. Love this! Where I'm from we have a radion station 89.7 WMHK that has on Friday's "Drive Thru Friday's" where you go through, pay for the car behind's your order, pass along an anonymous letter to the cashier & ask them to pass it along. It's quite a wonderful feeling to do that, I did it & without the woman behind me ever knowing who I was. I felt so great!

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  5. You do amazingly wonderful things for others all the time. The world is a better place because of you MH! I should do this for someone soon. Xmas isn't the only time of year when we should be spreading cheer! Happy Weekend, My friend!

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  6. MH, I love this! You're right, we never know when or how a simple kindness can lift someone up - and we feel great in the giving! I love how you responded to the gentleman holding his bagels "so sweetly". There's something about what you saw there that I'm curious to know, what did "so sweetly" look like?

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  7. A lovely gesture! By complete coincidence I read on another blog today how a lady paid for the man behind her's shopping, it was not you but made me smile that there is still kindness in the world.

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  8. loving that you paid it forward, the woman who purchased your coffee the other day, would have had a smile on her face too :) Beautiful gesture!

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  9. you are a good girl, and this is showing love by example....that to us is what we should all strive to do, W.A.Y T.O. G.O.!!!

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  10. Great post! I notice that even looking directly into the eyes of an elderly 'door keeper' at Walmart and smiling and saying 'Hello,' can bring a little joy into a person's life. How often we overlook people.

    What a kind thing you did!

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  11. So sweet... I have always wanted to be rich for the simple fact of giving back to others...

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  12. Oh I love that story! I love making little old me smile. Thanks for sharing and thanks for making the world a better place!

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  14. Love this! What a great gesture and way to spread some love.

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  15. I love it! It's such a small thing that can make such a large difference in someone's day. Maya Angelou said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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  16. I love this! I try to do little things like this as well. Usually returning their cart for them or letting them keep their quarter for cart return at certain stores. Thanks for sharing your kindness and helping make the world a better place!!! Have a good day! : )

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  17. So sweet, I bet you made his day! XO

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  18. LLLOOOOOOVVVE THIS!!!! And love you too. THAT is what is extra special about you!!! Just think how that simple ripple will affect so many.

    xoxoxo

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  19. Such a wonderful and SIMPLE thing to do ~ may we all remember it and do it, too!!

    ~ bianca

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  20. I love random acts of kindness. You're just filled with them Mama Hen. You just rescued your new little kitty, and now you're spreading cheer around you. I'm so glad I read this post!

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  21. Stopping by to say hi and thanks for answering how "so sweetly" looked like! Neat how you saw that :)

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  22. You are so sweet! Random acts of kindness are the best and so simple to do!

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  23. You are too generous! I would love for someone to buy me a coffee or bagels - but you're right we're the ones who should be doing it. I believe in karma!

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