posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 08:24 PM
I think there should be one change made to this challenge. Don't perform this random act of kindness in the next few days. You should perform these
random acts whenever the opportunity presents itself.
I want to share something with you all.
My parents used to own a bar & restaurant on a very small island of the coast of Belize. One day a young woman who was backpacking through Central
America came to our restaurant, claiming that she was told we could help her.
She was on the last leg of her trip and had a flight to catch at the airport on the mainland but had missed the last water taxi and the last plane
from the tiny airfield on the island. She needed to make that flight as she was almost out of money and couldn't afford to make other
My parents called the airfield. There was a Cessna that was just taking off from the next island over heading for the mainland. My dad convinced them
to make a quick stop on our island to pick up this young lady. They said she had to hurry as the plane was only minutes from us and once it landed it
could not wait.
So, we got her on our golf cart (the main mode of transport on the island) and rushed her to the airfield and she made her flight.
Now, one of the local women who worked for my parents asked, "Why did you help her, she never ate at your restaurant? And she was leaving so she
never would eat here." My mom replied, "What goes around comes around". Obviously this woman didn't get it.
This was years ago. This next one, unfortunately, doesn't have such a happy ending..
My dad was recently living New York. He lived next to a government funded building so you can imagine the types of low life's who lived there.
Anyhow, this black guy, who said he was a recovering crackhead, was going round the building asking for change. He said he needed money to get the
train to a free clinic where they had agreed to operate on his hernia. My dad said the guy looked like he was in genuine pain.
My dad, obviously not trusting a crackhead, said to him "look, I'm not an idiot, but you do look like you need help. I won't give you money, but
you can keep the money you have and I'll take you to the clinic".
The guy was over the moon. They agreed that he would come back in the morning and my dad would take him to clinic before work. Unfortunately, my dad
has seen better years and his memory isn't what it used to be and he forgot and left for work early. The neighbor said that the guy was banging on my
dad's door for 20 minutes before he gave up and left. He died that evening. My dad is still a little torn up about it.
As you can see, the lessons I've learnt from my parents are that you should always help others if you have the opportunity. I've lived my life by
this and it's never steered me wrong
I just want to finish with this. If you've never had someone stare you in the eye and truly and genuinely say "Thank You!", your missing out in