Acts of Kindness
One of my favorite things to do is shop the Goodwills, thrift
stores and used-book stores for bargains in books. In many
Goodwills you can have any book on the shelves for fifty cents.
In many cases the list price for the book could easily be
near thirty dollars.
Of course one is going to pick up a lot of books that way,
but we have a terrific book store in the county next to us
Words-N-Stuff that will take your books in trade. So I take
all my read books and head out and feel like a kid in a candy
store. All this to tell you about a a book I found in one
of these place. I probably got it for fifty cents. More
Random Acts of Kindness by the editors of Conari Press.
The first story will give you an idea of what all the selections
“A number of years back, my six-year-old son and I
had gone shopping at one of the giant discount toy stores
with toys piled to the ceiling. We had just come around the
corner of a aisle when I saw a young, long-haired bearded
man in a wheelchair. He must have been in some terrible accident
because both of his legs were missing and his face was badly
scarred. Just then my sis-year-old saw him and said in a loud
voice, 'look at that man Momma.'
“I did the normal mother thing and tried to hush my
son, telling him it was not polite to point, but my son gave
a hard tug, broke free from my hand, and went running down
the aisle to the man in the wheelchair. He stood right in
front of him and said in loud voice, 'What a cool dude earing,
man. Where did you get such a neat earring?'
The young man broke into a grin that lit up his face. He
was so taken aback by the compliment that he just flowed with
happiness, and the two of them stood there talking about his
earring and other 'cool stuff.' It made a life-long impression
on me. For I had seen a horribly scarred man in a wheelchair,
but my six-year-old saw a man with cool dude earrings.
The book is filled with inspirational stories like this one
and each page has a quote that suggests to truly live one
must be of service to his fellow man. Two examples will give
the reader an ideas of the theme of these quotes: “Life's
most persistent and urgent question is, What have you done
for others”--Martin Luther King, Jr. and “Whatever
we do for someone else we do because it fulfills a need we
have.”--M. Scott Peck.
The book can be read in one sitting, but it is better to
pick it up when one is down in the dumps. The mood will soon
change. After reading a few of the stories, instances of
people doing random acts of kindness for you come to mind
and the world doesn't seem as mean and vicious as before.
This is a terrific little book to have by your bedside. So
head out today to the used books outlet and try to find one.
If you can't you are sure to find something that will intrigue
and entertain you.