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When a Father Says Yes

In my opinion, love is the kindest act possible and this story is such a touching reminder of what a deep love and open heart can have on the world.

A son asked his father, ‘Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?’. The father who, despite having a heart condition, says ‘Yes’.

They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying ‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together.

One day, the son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.’ To which, his father said ‘Yes’ too. For those who don’t know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses
three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.

Father and son went on to complete the race together. Click here to see love in action.


May you love long and know all the kindness this world has …

Love and light, hugs and blessings

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Neighbors Bring Kindness

A woman near to where I live who is in her eighties, broke her leg. She lives alone and has no relatives. Several neighbor women on our block have gathered together and gone in and cleaned her home so it sparkles, they take turns spending the night so she is never alone after her daytime nurse leaves. I have cooked and frozen in containers, stew, soups, stuffed cabbages, 2 small meatloaves, made ham salad ans tuna salad for snacks for her. Another lady brought in cookies, and a chocolate cake.

The strange part of this story that I think shows real kindness is the fact that this lady has lived among us for many years with never a word except a wave and occasional hello. She never attended any functions yet still when she was down and needed help everyone rallied around her. Its easy to be kind to those that are all warm and fuzzy, gushing with kindness themselves but when someone isn’t particularily receptive to others, I feel it even more important to show them that real kindness does exist, and without strings.

Having been around this woman now for awhile she has opened up more and told us some parts of her past that almost makes her unsociability understandable. One never knows what someone else has suffered in their past.

I was told just yesterday by her, that she is feeling more and more comfortable with these wonderful neighbors that are so kind and expect nothing but a smile in return.


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The Gift of Endless Fun!

My son’s two-year birthday is swiftly approaching. He is an exceptionally energetic child (I know, what two-year-old isn’t?), and sometimes I imagine myself a popular swing set at the playground. I’ve been climbed, pushed, jumped, slid and pulled on. I’ve been hung from and flipped onto and off of. I’ve been rocked back and forth and spun around until I am dizzy. Quite frankly, I’m having trouble keeping up with the role all by myself.

So, I began my search for an assistant…ok, an actual swing set. Days of searching led me to several conclusions. Swing sets are expensive (even before you add lumber and, well, swings), and they are
a lot of work to prepare for use. I could not believe the price paid for something that I always took for granted while growing up.

I was beginning to think my only relief would be daily trips to the park (which aren’t so bad, but…)

Then, out of the blue, I received a call from a friend. Her husband is a mover by trade. He moves pianos, pool tables, expensive art, and SWINGSETS! She was calling to say that her husband was asked to dispose of a used swing set (it was in excellent condition, but the family wanted a new set for their new home), so he wanted to bring it to us! And, not only did he bring us the set, but he worked for one entire Saturday helping my husband (ok, my husband helped him) put it together!!

We now have a wonderful swing set in our back yard to entertain my little one for years to come! Upon looking for a picture on line to assist in the building, I discovered that this swing set sells retail
for $1500+. Thanks to my friend, it was FREE! And, because Random Acts of Kindness are priceless, we can double our new treasure!

Anonymous, Florida

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Great customer service wins every time

The other day I dropped by the grocery to pick something up…couldn’t find it. I went to the front desk and asked the woman behind the counter if she could tell me which aisle it was on. She said, “Not only can I tell you, I’ll show you.” I told her that wasn’t necessary and she could just tell me which aisle, but she insisted. We went straight to the product and I thanked her for going the extra mile. We chatted and before long, she asked the for the recipe I was going to do that day which contained the item I was seeking.

Now when I go into this HUGE grocery store, I hear that familiar voice hollering over the crowds, “Hey Queenie!”

Yep, it’s her. What a great way to start your shopping experience…with a warm smile and a wave!

Queen JJ

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Patience gives everyone a boost

My dad is now walking with a walker. I’m always taking him to doctor appointments, the food store and lunch. I have been so moved by all the kind people who slow down, stop, wait, or offer to move their cars for us when we’re fairly pinched in. People are good and getting Dad around has been a great reminder.

The other day, a young kid waited about 3-5 minutes while I got Dad settled in the car. I kept thanking him and he kept smiling. It gave me a real boost and allowed Dad and I to talk about what a nice kid he was.