Performing random acts of kindness, would you do it or leave it to another?

Singapore
July 1, 2010 2:26am CST
There's this article about a group of people performing an act of kindness in a coffee place and touching people's hearts. The full story is here: http://www.helpothers.org/story.php?sid=19563 I have tried that several years ago. When it's raining, I would offer my umbrella to people who are stuck at some shelter, even if it's just to help them cross the road. I stopped doing that now because I no longer carry my brolly around. I believe that we do not have to repay the person showing kindness to us. Just pass it on to the next person. One day, it will come back to you. Have you performed or heard of any random act of kindness? Please share your experiences and feelings.
10 responses
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
1 Jul 10
I would love to repay the person from whom kindness I've received. Would love more without him/her knowing it. Kindness doesn't have to be expensive. Kindness should be passed on. "Dierking said she saw the practice once at a grocery store when a stranger paid for groceries that a woman could not afford." No matter how much we've heard, it still warms many hearts and mine. Thanks.
• Singapore
2 Jul 10
"Kindness doesn't have to be expensive and should be passed on" - totally agree with you! It is not planned too, we can do it as and when opportunities arise.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
13 Jul 10
Glad you like my comment. Thanks for the br award.
@med889 (5958)
1 Jul 10
If I can see something I can do then I will surely be doing it I will never be leaving it to others because I will accept it as a chance I have been given to do something good for someone else. It can be in the disguise of anything but I surely help when I can.
• Singapore
1 Jul 10
It always feels good to be able to help others. Kudos for having a kind heart!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
1 Jul 10
A random act of kindness has to start somewhere. I try to treat others as I would like to be treated. A random act of kindness is something to take pride in. Helping your fellow man and asking nothing in return is smomething to strive for. I would never try to shift a kindness off to another if it was something I could do instead.
@emokiddo (28)
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
I just witnessed an officemate do an ARK (act of random kindness). While we were commuting home, the cab passed by 2 kids on a sidewalk begging for money. These kids were so dirty and skinny, I think they havent eaten for weeks. Worse, the other kid has physical disabilities, too. So, what my officemate did was give them money. It was kind of her, but for me, I did not agree with what she did. Instead of giving money, you should give food instead, because we don't know what they will use the money for. At least with food, we are assured that they will have something to eat.
• United States
2 Jul 10
That's something I can't decide on. Does it really matter what they use the money for? It's not our responsibility to choose that. HOWEVER, they may be being used by an adult to beg money that those kids will get no benefit from so food would be the best.
• Singapore
3 Jul 10
Hi emokiddo, It's a very sensible thought, to think of giving food and not money, but if it's inconvenient like there's no food place around, maybe can just give a small amount.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul 10
bluemoonpavilion hi yes I have helped people who were short of money to buy bus tickets or get a sandwich but refuse their thanks saying always, pass it forward, just help someone else the same way,and that will be thanks enough. Pass it forward is just as good as buying cups of coffee for others.the idea is not to do this for praise of thanks but to get others to carry on the acts of kindness. No I never leave it to others as its fun to help and run.
• United States
1 Jul 10
"...fun to help and run." I love how you expressed that! It's so much fun to help someone when they have no chance of knowing who you are at all. You can be a stranger who came out of nowhere to give help when it was needed and then just poof! Gone.
• Singapore
2 Jul 10
Hatley, it's really heartening to hear what you have been doing. I'm very touched by your actions. I'm sure many people have benefitted from your kindness. Tiaridakydl, I like your use of "poof", very descriptive!! *thumbs up*
@darylT (85)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
i'd like to be able to do random acts of kindness myself. i've been a recipient of many acts of kindness before and until now, so i'd like to pass it on. it's the small things you do to other people that warms our hearts. it doesn't have to be grand, maybe just helping an elderly cross the street, or listening to someone who's in a difficult situation. kindness is never wasted.
• Singapore
19 Jul 10
Yes, oceans are made up of small droplets of water, every drop counts.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
2 Jul 10
I love performing random acts of kindness. There should be more of it. I don't really get the chance to do it often unfortunately but once when i was walking down the road I saw an old man kicking a garbage bag down the pathway and then trying to kick it down the stairs to the wheelie bin. I stopped and asked if he would like me to do it and it seemed as though I'd made his day! Perhaps I restored his faith in humanity and young people. I always remember things like that. If I'm out and about and an elderly person or a mother with children or a baby drops something I won't hesitate to pick it up. It's good to have that state of mind.
• Singapore
3 Jul 10
Yes, we can only do it as and when opportunities arise, it's always good to help old people. I think they do get bullied a lot, or didn't get much help around when they are carrying heavy things.
@akopoaysi (740)
• Philippines
2 Jul 10
there are times when i go to the market there are many children who are asking money... but i rather give them food... because some will use it to for gambling "kara cruz" or buy rugby or paint to inhale it... and i feel bad because i'll feel responsible about it... or worst they belong to a syndicate... that's why i give food instead of money... there are times why i went to a bakeshop i saw a kid carrying a basket or "banana-q and turon" it is fried sweetened banana.. buying a piece of bread that causes P1.5 and eats it small pieces at a time... my heart is broken... i asked him to came with me inside so i could buy him more bread and drinks... he refuses it saying "ok na po ito"... i went inside and buy more breads and give it to him... i asked him what he wants for a drink.. he just smiled... and i asked him again to come with me inside... now he accepts it... i bought him soda and a bottle of water and more bread for his later snack... he keeps smiling.... saying thank you... i hope everyone should act one kind of kindness... good day to all!!
• Singapore
3 Jul 10
Hi akopoaysi, You are really a kind person to do that, maybe some people would do something like that once in a while, but not many are so insistent as you :) Keep it up! and not just target at one person only, spread the kindness more.
• United States
1 Jul 10
I don't mind doing random acts of kindness for people but sometimes people take that for a weakness and others just don't show appreciation. I don't care to be no hero but I would like to make a lil difference in people's lives
• Singapore
3 Jul 10
We don't have to be superheroes, can just be a little hero to the people in our lives, be it friends or family. Make this world a better place to live in and not just in a material sense.
• United States
1 Jul 10
I've seen acts of kindness, but i think its nice when people show common courtesy, because it used to be a given, but now few people do it. Examples, Every guy should offer his seat on the subway to a woman, or child. Hold a door for the stranger behing you, or even help someone who dropped something by going out of your way to return it. People who show these are bold and stand out, because litterally no one else shows any interest at all, it seems like they hope that they are not "picked". In reality, we should all being rushing to do these things.
• Singapore
2 Jul 10
It's true that all these common courtesy have become rarer these days. Here, people are always rushing for seats in trains, pretending to fall asleep when they see someone in need standing in front of them, picking up things dropped by people just a few steps in front and pocketing them, what have our society become? Graciousness and moral values are deteoriorating.