A bit of kindness shown is thought provoking.
January 9, 2013 3:59am CST
Had an errand to run today so i figured to use my old motorbike,too near to drive and heavy rush hour traffic ,too far to walk,bike started fine till i got to a junction then the engine sputtered and seemed to gasp a last breathe of protest b4 it "died" on me , tried in vain to restart , kick start , push start , nothing worked..and was wearing out atrophied thigh and calf muscles when 2 young 20 something dudes on a bike pulled up next to me , seeing the sweat on me,i must have been a sorry sweaty sight, trying to start the bugger for about 30 minutes already by then, wearing me out..hey "uncle" let us give you a hand..(never felt so old before that term of respect " Uncle") i am just 40 plus, then dawned on me , i was a full fledged adult alredy when these buggers were born... actually my point being nothing to do with the remark, these guys were just good hearted blokes seeing a fellow person in need of help and they without thinking just wanted to help a complete stranger without wanting anything in return.long story short, i felt bad coz they insisted on helping me push and push start till the bike did start and they were also a sweaty mess.yet they shoke my hand,declined my offer of buying them soda and went on their way, just like that.and although it may not seem to be a big deal ( not that i collapsed on the road or something)but in a way , it is. i am still mulling over it now.makes me feel encouraged a little, next time i see a stranger that may possibly need help, think i will. kindness is infectious...and encouraging, personally , it did alter a little of my cynical perception of people and human nature in general. revelation,,there are nice people after all who will not think twice in helping out total strangers direct from the kindness of their hearts.. Do you ./ would you help a complete stranger in whatever situation, when you recognise a need to do so?
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9 Jan 13
Yup,no to mention the feel good factor we get, after we have extended a helping hand and feel appreciated, i have done so before, offered to help total strangers in need ,from simple things like helping buy gasoline when coming across a biker who ran out and helping a sight challengd person cross a street, and i feel good about my self afterwards, and must say, i/we need to feel more like that and less bitter about the challenges or problems we may have.
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9 Jan 13
The first and most important thing we can do is to become the change we seek. Both positive behavior and negative behavior spread; each of us can choose whether to reach out a hand, hurry on by, or kick someone when he's down. How we act on that opportunity makes all the difference in the world.
9 Jan 13
ever since posting the discussion --- the John Lennon tune suddenly just keeps humming in my head," instant karma's gonna get you-gonna knock you off your feet -better recognise your brothers-and everyone you meet. why in the world are we here- surely not to live in pain and fear- who on earth do you think you are- a superstar-- well,right you are-- . and we all shine on-.like the moon and the stars and the sun..and we all shine on --- evryone--etc etc... it is about karma, cause and ripple effect, a little kindness goes a long stretch and then comes back..
11 Jan 13
I do appreciate these kind gestures from good Samaritans and I could not help recalling my eventful holiday in Chiangmai, Thailand with three of my classmates. We actually went on an 8 days sightseeing package that took us to Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiangmai and Chiangrai. Everything was going well until the 4th day when we arrived at Chiangmai after a night in Chiangrai which was well known for the Golden Triangle. Somehow, I think it was the dinner we ate that got all of us down with acute food poisoning. We were like rushing for the toilet every 15 minutes of our supposedly 3 hours coach ride to Chiangmai which ended up taking 5 hours. By the time we arrived into Chiangmai, we were utterly exhausted and dehydrated. We really looked liked some witches that just arrived paled as sheets. We were all starting to panic when none of our diarrhea seems to get better and to cut the story short, we actually passed out in our room. Anyway, when I woke up I realized we were all in a private hospital next to each one of us. Even more surprising was it was the hotel's housekeeper who helped evacuate us to the hospital when it should have been our tour guide. When we were discharged, we learned that our hotel helped extended our visit pass and coordinated with our tour agency to let us complete our trip without a hitch. In all we really felt so touched by all these good Samaritans who had gone above and beyond to help 4 strangers from another country who does not even know how to speak their language. Most of all, the housekeeper who helped us was only 19 years old and they did not even accept our monetary token of appreciation. At the end of the day, we returned to this hotel and threw a party at the hotel for all who helped us. This was probably my most memorable overseas trip and my first experience of Samaritans in a foreign land where I least expect it. So, I would never hesitate to help anyone in need of help.
9 Jan 13
A stranger once helped me in buying tickets. She was standing a bit far from me but she how I struggled to communicate with the old lady, after a few minutes when she realized the situation between me and the lady, she came up to translate for both me and the lady and boy I was so glad for what she did! Because of her, I was able to come home
9 Jan 13
The phrase a ripple effect just occurred to me, we may or may not realize it yet because of a simple act of sincerity or kindness extended whether to us or another, it may just be the prompt to do a similar act and so on,a good thing i am sure. the scales of misery versus cheer now seem to favor more on the former than the latter, we just have to switch on the TV news or log online or pick up a newspaper and be reminded how much brutality and cruelty and hardships there are..
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9 Jan 13
That was really nice of them to stop and help you. Your definely not old at 40, being I'm in my late 30s and don't like to be consider old. LOL My hubby always stops for people with car trouble. He stopped for this poor girl one day. She was a high school kid driving home from school and her car broke down in traffic. The road was all backed up and she was so upset she was crying. He felt so bad for her. He helped her push the car to the side of the road and had her call her parents when the car wouldn't restart. He stayed with her until her dad showed up to make sure she got help and wouldn't be stuck on the side of the road. I do believe in good karma though because when our car broke down in the middle of we got luck and perfect stranger stopped and helped us push it to the side of the road. So if you help people when they need it someone will help you when you need it.
9 Jan 13
it really was nice of them,it being a busy intersection and many bikers and motorist just zoomed by totally immersed in their own thoughts or hastening to their own tasks.yet these guys noticed me struggling and on a whim decided to stop and offer help, which actually did work out since i was running on fumes trying to push start ( turn out to be clogged carburetor when i had it checked) and insisted on seeing it through till we managed to start the bike and i could ride it to a mechanic.. The thought and gesture that came from the sincerity of their hearts, was more significant than the action, coz it shows that there are nice and decent souls half my age who did not hestitate when they saw a person in need, bless their hearts,i am sure they will respond the same in like situations again ..and i totally agree with you ,although i have been lacking in the karma department, what goes around comes around..do good or positive things and likewise comes back, same as the other energy..reap what we sow and all that..cause and effect da da da.. i believe in it also ..we all need to start spreading good karma..imagine if all people believe in that view , positive feelings will overwhelm the negativity we have and cheer will weigh more heavy than misery hence we will have more cheer...wishful thinking but makes me feel good inside..since it is a positive thought.!