A Random Act of Kindness

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A Random Act of Kindness

 

“No act of kindness – however small – is ever wasted.”

(Aesop)

 

We just returned from vacation in Maui during which we also celebrated our anniversary. It was wonderful, without too much work to do, but now it’s getting life back to the normal routines both personal and business.

 

We had dinner at Gannon’s Restaurant at the Wailea Golf Club in Wailea, a recommendation of a professional colleague of ours. It was everything we hoped for and expected, with terrific ocean views and excellent food.

 

We were seated outdoors, to enjoy the views of the golf course and ocean, and of course the balmy weather, and were seated near another couple. We struck up a short conversation and learned they, too, were celebrating their anniversary, although theirs was earlier in the week.

 

After a couple minutes, with casual pleasantries completed, we each returned to our respective dinners and enjoying the evening.

 

Wailea Sunset in Maui 2019 

 

When our server brought the check he informed us that the gentleman at the adjacent table had bought us each a glass of wine in celebration of our anniversary, but did not want us to know until they had left the restaurant. We were so pleasantly surprised at this bit of kindness out of the blue. It brought a glow to an already wonderful day and evening!

 

Interestingly, it made me start thinking about kindness, and the many opportunities we have to show it every day – to those we know, to strangers, to people who have assisted us in one way or another, and so on.

 

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

(Amelia Earhart)

 

It could be as simple as a friendly smile, a few simple words of thanks and appreciation, holding open a door, or letting someone go before you in the grocery line. And of course it could be much more.

 

You simply have to watch and be aware of the opportunities, and then be kind in some way, without any expectation or hope for something in return except the joy of having done something kind  for someone else.

 

And perhaps step out of your comfort zone and do something you might not ordinarily do.

 

What kindness have you shared or experienced recently?

 

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

(Maya Angelou)

 

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Thanks Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

Hi Kathleen Daniels  I absolutely think that's true about the world.

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 08:58 PM #53
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

It WAS a wonderful trip and we met LOTS of kind people. This kindess was special because it was out of the blue.

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:00 PM #54
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Thanks for the kind words and the well wishes John Henry 

I so agree Jill Sackler .

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:01 PM #55
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Thank you for such kind words Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  - they mean alot!

And congrats again on your achievement. I was happy to help as many others were too.

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:06 PM #56
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Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  - it WAS such a neat surprise, and so thoughtful.

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:08 PM #57
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Hi Lee Potts 

Thanks for stopping by! We had a great time. It was the 3rd trip so we know our way around pretty well. It IS a very special place!

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:09 PM #58
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Hi John Juarez 

That's a heartwarming story!! Thank you for sharing that.

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:10 PM #59
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Hey Alan May  I agree with you on that! And that's a pretty good bolt of lightning!

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:11 PM #60
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That's a cool thing to do John DL Arendsen .

And those feelings are what it's all about.

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 09:12 PM #61
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Hi Gregory Manns 

Thanks for stopping by.

That sounds like a pretty cool study...make sense to me!

Jeff

Aug 12, 2019 10:17 PM #62
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Jeff, what a wonderful reminder of the power of kindness, especially a random act.

I am inspired.

Thanks

Aug 13, 2019 02:15 AM #63
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Hi Marte Cliff  - thank you for visiting! There IS plenty of good, it just seems we hear more about the bad, especially on the news!

Jeff

Aug 13, 2019 08:02 AM #64
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Awesome post and happy belated anniversary!

 

Once I started to genuinely pour love into everyone I meet, everything just locked it's flow.  

 

Blessings to you!

Aug 13, 2019 08:19 AM #65
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Hi John Wiley 

Thank you! Interesting how kindness does that!

Jeff

Aug 13, 2019 08:41 AM #66
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Jeff,  Happy Anniversary and thank you for the story.  That couple probably got as much joy out of the giving as you got in the receiving.  They were gracious and classy by withholding the the act until they left. It shows that it was a selfless act!   

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Hi L. Scott Ferguson 

Thank you for your kind words.

Jeff

Aug 13, 2019 12:33 PM #68
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Hi Dana Basiliere 

It really was selfless and such a simple thing to do. I'm glad we at least chatted with them, even though we did not get to thank them for their kindness. As you say in some ways that was even more special.

Jeff

Aug 13, 2019 12:55 PM #69
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What a lovely post, Jeff - I'm so glad it was featured!    Although in your story you and your wife were enjoying yourselves in a wonderful place when the other diners treated you, other times, when we are kind to someone, they could be having a tough day (week/month/year), and our kindness could give them a special lift from their circumstances.     Either way, it's worth the effort.

Great quote I hadn't heard: 

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

(Amelia Earhart)

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Love Maya....and have enjoyed Hawaii...everyone should go there at least once !

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Hi Jeff,
I'm a little late to the party but it won't stop me from saying a belated:

So glad you had such a wonderful and memorable Anniversary trip to Hawaii. 

Aug 15, 2019 03:47 AM #72
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