Smile Newsletter: Help Knocks on the Front Door, Kindness Remembered after 41 Years, Finding a Solution to a Stolen Bicycle
Aug 22, 2011
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
Idea of the Week
139.jpg“A retired gentleman who lives a few doors away from me can occasionally be seen picking up trash. He does it cheerfully and never complains. This morning, I was out walking my dog when I saw another neighbour picking up trash with his kids! When I commented on what a good job they were doing he said, “Well, there’s an older fellow in our street who does this. And my friend and I thought it wasn’t fair that he had to do it all the time, so now we take a turn.” The older gentleman had inspired others to pick up trash by doing it himself! It just goes to show we should be the change we want to see in this world.” — Wayfarer

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Stories of the Week
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Kindness Knocks on the Front Door >>
Remembering Kindness 41 Years Later >>
A Stolen Bike and Help from Strangers >>
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Comment of the Week
“I went to a caregiver’s retreat this past weekend and encountered a lot of wonderful people doing fabulous work caring for their loved ones. Because of my recent physical problems I had to go in a wheelchair. After the retreat was over, I was pushing myself across the large campus. It was hot and I was exhausted from the effort. A lady came up to me and said, “Can I push you somewhere?” It was the kindest thing imaginable. She pushed me all the way to my car! When we got to the car I thanked her so much. I told her what a blessing she was and how much I really needed that random act of kindness at the end of a long tiring day. She said it was her joy – and I really believed her because she was all smiles and wishing me a happy day. I realized in that singular moment that there is no kindness too small to make the difference in the life of someone else. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. In fact, the little ones are often the sweetest.” – wooka85257
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