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Patty’s Ponderings…Kindness is Alive and Well!


I know this may seem like a small thing, but stories like this give me hope for the world.

A bus driver in Winnepeg, Canada, saw an obviously down-on-his-luck  man, walking barefoot down the street. Kris Doubledee stopped his bus, got out and gave the man his shoes. He had a brief conversation with the man and then hopped back on the bus, without saying a word and continued on his route.

A passenger blogged that, “there wasn’t a dry eye on the bus”. The story hit the national press bringing attention to this humble guy, who said, “it was automatic…Anybody would have done the same thing.”

I so wish this was true. But in this world and current society,  our vision rarely extends beyond the ‘me and mine’ horizon.

We occasionally pay for the person behind us in line at Starbucks. Nothing wrong with that, it’s a nice gesture. But if you are there and can afford it, are you truly in need? Why not skip the morning mocha for a week and donate that 20 to 25 dollars to the food bank, Banquet, Children’s Inn, or charity of your choice. Better yet have your coffee and donate your time.

Life is mostly froth and bubble;
  Two things stand like stone:—
Kindness in another’s trouble,
  Courage in our own. – -Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870)


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