Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Honoring A Daughter By Paying-It-Forward


--by MandysMom, posted Apr 22, 2010

Mandy was the kind of girl I was blessed to have as a daughter, the kind of friend everyone wanted to have, the kind of spirit that radiated joy and happiness when ever she entered a room.

Mandy left this world to go be with her Lord on November 15, 2008 in a tragic car accident.

Since then, I have tried to live each day of my life living up to her expectations.  I started the Kindness Revolution on Mother's day 2009 and gave out over 100 flowers to random women throughout the weekend along with a card letting them know to pay the kindness forward.
 
I have given away jewelry, paid for coffee and tolls, paid for groceries, cleaned off car windows trying to spread the kindness and to do as she instructed.
 
I know that each time I do a kind act, I get back 100 times more than I gave. 
 
The feeling of doing things just for the pure kindness of the act, never expecting or wanting a thank you or reward is amazing!
 
Seeing the look of disbelief on peoples faces when you hand them a gift and a card and simply walk away speaks volumes to how much we need more of this in our world!
 
 
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Readers Comments

jsmc10 wrote: I'm sure she is smiling down on you, your guardian angel and partner in kindness
gloria wrote: Dear mandysmom, my jake went to heaven in 2007 and i know where you are coming from. Your words were inspriational. Thanks, jakesmom
Vinay wrote: Hi wonderful mom of a wonderful daughter,
I am overwhelmed at the thought of your loss. You are an angel and your immortal daughter must be proud of you just as the whole humanity should be. Keep the good work going. It is his inspiration that is energizing you. You have shown with your deeds that what a great soul your daughter was and you have proved to be an equally worthy mother!

You are already blessed and now showering his love on to many others.
bilkis yusuf wrote: Wonderful way to spread kindness and love, god bless you
Faithnut wrote: Bless your heart and thank you for your kindness honoring your daughter! <3
MandysMom wrote: Spoonerism - yeah i was hoping that the items would come as a pleasant surprise! Thank you for coming up with such a wonderful way to distribute the cards!


Jagdish - he certainly has given me the strength - i pray i know how to most wisely use it. Thank you for your wonderful words.

Spoonerism wrote: Oh wow! I just received the hugest pile of Mandy smile cards, a T-shirt and pen... :-D That was totally unexpected!

I have the perfect idea for the smile cards. My company is bringing me over to the States for an event later this month. I plan to place a note and a few smart cards on all the seats at the event before the first session... just explaining about random acts of kindness and proposing some ideas for doing them and using the smart cards! I don't know how many we will be, but if even 10 people take the cards and do something kind for someone, it will be well worth it! :-) Love from London!
sabrina wrote: You were lucky that she was your daughter. You are spreading her smiles around the world and that is an amazing way to remember her. God bless her soul and I pray for your family. Smilesss, Sabrina
prettypita wrote: Your way of honoring mandy is truly inspiring! I lost my mom on september 8, 2009 and showing kindness to others has been so comforting for me. I am certain that your daughter is "smiling" down on you!
unknown wrote: Wonderful are the ways our loved ones influence us through life and death. Love surpasses time and reaches immortality. I wish you a lot of success in spreading your mission ... A big hug to Mandy's soul for being your force. Thank you.

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