reply to post by absentee
It always counts!
Even though you may feel that because your experience was not as extensive or profound as some of the experiences shared by others, it is most
certainly equally important.
This is because your experience illustrates how the simple act of good will, in the form of a helping hand during car troubles, engrains itself into
our memories, no matter the extent of the assistance or the brevity of the encounter.
Thank you for your post and sharing your experiences with us. I am certain that there is someone out there who will read this thread and will be
inspired to go a bit out of their way to make someone else feel better about themselves and the world they live in.
Although some of these acts can seem small to those who extend the helping hand, there is no telling how deep and extensive these acts of kindness
will reach into the recipients life - in extreme situations it could mean the difference in life or death, most literally.
Example of this can be found in California, at the 'Golden Gate Bridge';
Each year many people travel to the bridge with the sole intent of committing suicide. Many people do achieve their goal, but many decide not to go
through with it.
Research was done to try and discover what is pushing so many to this point and why some follow through and others don't.
In interviews with people who intended to jump, but opted out, it was found that the main reason that many of them turned away from the life ending
jump was related to interaction with complete stranger, moments before they would have jumped.
The interaction with the strangers was not, for the most part, a lengthy interaction and in many instances there were not even an exchange of words
between the suicidal individual and the person who helped them change their mind.
In these instances, those who were suicidal but changed their minds, reported that as they walked to the center of the bridge they past someone in the
other direction. As they passed the stranger looked at them and smiled.
It was because the simple act of kindness in a smile was given to the suicidal person that they changed their mind and decided not to end their
So goodwill has profound effects on the recipients no matter the size or description of goodwill displayed.
edit on 18-7-2012 by esteay812
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