Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Carrying a Load With A Big Smile

--by Jacinda, posted Apr 15, 2010

It is a terribly rainy wet winters day here in Tauranga. While I was walking from the library after getting together my University applications for next year at the end of my lunch break, a man was walking towards me with two HUGE boxes of pamphlets.

I thought, "What on earth is that man trying to do? Carry all that stuff?"  Then all of a sudden he dropped it all!!!!!!  It was a terrible mess with hundreds of brochures all over the path in front of me! "Oh no," I thought. The man sat down and started trying to pick all of the brochures up. I couldn’t believe how many people walked on by without even caring in the least.

I thought, "I’m not going to be one of those people who don’t care about this man. I’m going to help him."  So, even though it was the end of my lunch break from work and I would be late if I stopped to help him, I didn’t mind in the least. If I explain what happened I’m sure my boss wouldn’t mind too much. So, I crouched down beside him and helped him pick them all up. Then I asked if he would like a hand in carrying a box to where he was headed. He said yes that would be much appreciated.

So, I carried one of the heavy boxes. I tell you, the box I had to carry was VERY HEAVY (as I’m quite a petite girl) but I didn’t want to let onto him and didn’t complain. I just helped him with a big smile across my face. We got there and he thanked me very much for helping him out. He also gave me one of these lovely brochures about all the walks in and around the Bay of Plenty.

What is a better way to spend my lunchtime then helping someone and I wasn't even that late back to work so nobody minded at all!

Helping others is so much fun!!!!!!!!!

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave" - Calvin Coolidge

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Jessica wrote: As you begin to execute your mnirong program, say favourable statements and affirmations to yourself and smile as you work. Build a determination to expend your day in a good mood and performing arts on it by smiling as you get all set is a very significant element of keeping enjoyment.
Miranda wrote: Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, when someone smiled at me today, i started smiling too! I walked around the corner, and someone saw me grin, when he smiled, i realised. I had passed it on to him! I thouth about the smile. And realised its worth, a single beautiful smile like mine, could travel round the earth! So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected, start an epedemic, and get the world infected!
Rebecca wrote: Wonderful - you probably started a kindness ripple without even realizing it! Thank you!
Compassionist wrote: Great post and a great quote at the end!
Metta wrote: Many hugs and smiles and sunshine for you for helping out! :)
iferlamb wrote: terrific example! if I had been there I would have helped too.
monkeyinpajamas wrote: wow! what a wonderful story! keep up the good work jacinda!
wayfarer wrote: Beautiful, Jacinda. Let's not ever be like those who walk on by!
innerjourney wrote: That was very nice of you Jaz. You thought me another lesson today - not to complain cuz I do that so much. I hope someday I can give myself freely to others. Thank you! Love and hugs, Manish:)
lmil1954 wrote: Awesome good story todaY. God bless your loving heart!

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