11 amazing acts of generosity
These unexpected acts of kindness may inspire you to open up your heart, and your wallet, to help out a stranger.
Until I do have the financial ability to do so however, I must stick to the simple acts - holding doors for people, letting someone go ahead of me in line, donating money and items when I can, and volunteering my time and resources when needed. I long to do more, and perhaps one day I will be able to, but until then, if then, I must be content and hope that my actions make a difference, though small, to someone out there.
Many, many years ago, when I was a newly divorced woman, mom of five great kids, working locally at full time job, ironing neighbors' shirts for extra $$ (after the kids went to bed), painting signs for our local grocery store (after the kids were in bed) for more $$$, seldom receiving financial support from the father who left the state - I had to walk to work one cold morning because my car died. When I arrived I complained and worried about where the money to fix the car was going to come from. I was great at juggling bills and buying sensibly, but this was a real blow. Late in the day I found a card on my desk with a note written "I've been down the same road you're on now, and trust me, it will get better some day. And when it does and you're able, just do the same for another woman who's struggling to get along on this same road." Inside was a $100 bill - I didn't know who left it, and I'd never even held a $100 bill before! Long story short, things did get much better - 5 tough years later I remarried and my kids have had an incredible step-father and we've had a good life. Yes, some years later, I was able to paid it forward on several occasions, anonymously too, with the same note and I've always hoped this kind and generous gesture is continuing.
Ms. Landau: you HAVE made a positive difference. God will reward you in kind. Your love of others is one of His
greatest requirements. God bless you and give you peace and a gentle, pain-free release. THANK YOU
FOR ALL PEOPLE.
Random acts of kindness is good for one's soul and the society. I'm glad that there are still good people out there making a difference, whether through financial donations, kind gestures (like opening the door for someone, saying something complimentary, etc), or just staying out of trouble by behaving oneself. Kuddos to you all!
Totally agree. That kind of generosity is largely lost today. It takes it to another level when someone donates the shirt off their back (metaphorically speaking) vs donating what in reality won't be missed too much. Those kids worked so hard for something they wanted so badly, and were willing to give that up to help a stranger. How many of even the most greatest philanthropists today would do the same?
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
[BRIEFING.COM] Equity indices closed out the month of August on a modestly higher note. The Russell 2000 (+0.6%) and Nasdaq Composite (+0.5%) finished ahead of the S&P 500 (+0.3%), which extended its August gain to 3.8%. Blue chips lagged with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.1%) spending the bulk of the session in the red.
The final week of August represented one of the quietest stretches for the stock market so far this year. The first four sessions of the week produced the ... More
More Market News
These hot movers could rise by double digits in coming months.
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'