Small Acts of Kindness

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love peaceWith so much focus on survival skills, survival food and survival tactics, it is easy to get sucked in to a mindset where the future looks grim.  I have written about this before; we get so involved and entrenched with day to day preps that it almost appears that we want something bad to happen when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

On the other hand, all we need to do is open our eyes to the world around us to see that there are bright spots here and there.  These bright spots have to do with human kindness and the one-to-one efforts undertaken every day to improve the human condition.

So what do I see?

  • Food Pantry Workers including those in need themselves spending time to see that others are fed
  • Faith Organizations providing refuge to the homeless by allowing “tent cities” to reside on their grounds (and further to fight local authorities for the right to do so)
  • Red Cross volunteers responding to selflessly to disasters – things as common as hometown fires in the middle of the night to rapid response to large scale disasters
  • Companies – and yes there are some – that deliver superior customer service in spite of tough economic times, reduced profits and a national trend to ignore the customer.

All of these things and more make be proud to be a citizen of this planet.  Oh yes, the bad guys are out there.  The crooked politicians, the sneaky corporations, the corrupt wall street types.  They are there and we must be ever vigilant to steer clear of their shenanigans.  On the other hand, there are good hearted souls who are responsible and caring and who deserve a positive nod from time to time.

Today I would like to share a video that was written and directed by Sharon Wright.  She came up with the idea of this video while playing with the idea of what could you do with a penny, nickel, or a dime.  Could you change someone’s life?  Could you have a positive impact?

In this short little film, the homeless man is asking for change.  But is he really asking for coins in a cup or for something larger?  I would like to believe that he is telling us that even the invisible and powerless members of our society have the ability to make a difference, one penny at a time, one step at a time.

Let us follow this homeless man and see what he does with his dollar.  You be the judge.

A Small Act of Kindness

The Final Word

I believe in small acts of kindness and feel that all acts of kindness are large in both heart and spirit.  To further that thought, I believe that every act of kindness and compassion affect our lives and those around us like the ripple effect of a stone skipping through water. For one way or another, we are interconnected to everyone on this planet and everyone in this universe.

And that, if nothing else, gives me optimism to keep going and to look forward to a world that is better than the world we live in today.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

In case you are interested: 

Change for a Dollar is an award-winning short film. More information can be found at the film’s Facebook page:  Change For a Dollar.

change for a dollar

Winner – Best Short Film – Maryville Film Festival
Winner – Audience Choice Award – Gateway Film Festival
Winner – Audience Choice Award – Moonlight Film Festival
Nominated – Best Female Filmmaker Award – Action On Film Intl Film Festival
Nominated – Sirrocco Award – Action On Film Intl Film Festival
Nominated – Best Silent Film – BareBones Intl Film Festival

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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  1. I went to this site tonight with the idea of wishing a very Blessed and Happy Christmas. I still extend that wish. Unfortunately, I read the article posted. Wish I could agree with what was written, but I can’t. This year, when I had to visit the stores to buy gifts and day to day necessities, I ran into a rudeness and a grimness of purpose that I have never seen during the Christmas Season, not Holiday, but Christmas Season. The people, I mean all of them, were uncivil. They knocked each other down, including me last Sunday with no apologies. I found out tonight a local mall made news with a riot over athletic shoes that warranted the police. I found out in September that not only Red Cross chapters in my area were closed down or downsized in a big way, but other states as well. So much for aid in disaster, since there most likely won’t be volunteers to aid those in need. I found out a few days ago via the news that a person or persons in my county were cleaning out mailboxes and either opening up the packages or dumping them in fields. My brother tried to get food for Christmas (my family including myself are undergoing major financial problems this season) a few days ago from a Charity Organization. He got little, but others got three times what he got due to favoritism. With all this in mind, I have to say that I’m glad I’m still on “track” as far as preparing is concerned. I realize, after all I’ve seen during this Christmas Season, that I’m glad I ‘m entrenched in day to day preps (a word I dislike using) so if something happens ……I’m ready. As for preparing as if I’m wishing something bad to happen, I seem to remember something said in a Psychology course I took: a self fulfilling prophecy. The event will usually happen because the conditions are being created for it to happen. The events that I’ve related, plus what is going on in Europe presently are setting the stage for a disaster that most likely will happen. Why deny it? Didn’t George Washington successfully attack the Hessians, who were unprepared for an attack, at New Jersey on Christmas evening? Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean something can’t happen. I still believe in the Spirit of Christmas, I really do! But I think it’s best to look reality in the eye and to be prepared as well. Merry Christmas!

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