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Don’t discount the “small change”

A pile of gold coins
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There was a news story in my local paper about a homeless man a few weeks ago. Due to his mental illness he couldn’t live at home, so he wanders the local area accepting small change from strangers or begging for help. While I was at the local shopping centre waiting in my car I saw him walking by my car so I jumped out and I called out for him to stop then just because it felt like the right thing to do.

I gave him some small change so he could buy himself either a coffee or something to eat from the nearest McDonalds. I have never seen anyone so very grateful for something so small as a few dollars from a stranger and I didn’t think it was that big a deal until he said that it was one for him.

I try and do one random act of kindness a day not for any acknowledgement just because that is how I was raised by my Mum and that is what I teach my children as well: Compassion and Kindness. Because even though we are not well off there is always someone worse off than you so if you can help in a small way to brighten their day it makes you feel better bringing a smile to their face. With so many bad things going on around us we don’t hear about the good things anymore the news is full of bad news I wish there was more good news instead so I make my own good news and try to even out the world one small step at a time.

I am not a religious person but I do believe in Karma and I try to see the best in everyone.

Vanessa Hay
Mandurah Perth W.A.

2 thoughts on “Don’t discount the “small change”

  1. A few years ago I was at a gas station when a man approached me on crutches asking for money to gas up his car. He was on crutches because his left foot was amputated at the ankle. I used my credit card to buy him gas then gave him a few dollars to go to McDonald’s since he told he hadn’t eaten all day. He also was very grateful for my help.

    I also believe in Karma and that random acts of kindness do ripple out into the world!

  2. What a wonderful gift you shared Janet…thank you for helping make deposits to the UB OK™ (The Universal Bank of Kindness™). Rock it darlin!

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