Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Spreading Love in Doha


--by Anonymous , posted Jan 8, 2015
My fiance and I just got back from our 1-month honeymoon in Bali. We realized that we needed to just slowww down... and breathe, and simply be. It's been such a fun month of frolicking, resting, writing, meeting interesting healers and spiritual gurus, beach-bumming, wildlife gazing...

Icing on the cake was on New Years Eve. We landed in the Doha airport at 11:40pm, and were determined to do something fun and different, even though we were a little sleepy.

The idea - getting huge bags of chocolates and passing them out to strangers in the Doha airport, along with a chirpy "Happy New Year!". At first, we got rejected, and the staff looked at us strangely (they have strict rules on not accepting gifts - even tiny ones). Passersby thought we were crazy and trying to sell something... but we persevered (with trepidation!).

We ended up meeting at least 80 strangers and listening to different heart-opening stories. There was a group of 50 Kenyan women who were leaving Saudi Arabia, en-masse - as they couldn't take it anymore - going back to Kenya with great uncertainty. Then there was the Albanian security guard, named Eno, with whom we had a teary conversation about Mother Theresa, and spreading kindness in the world. A Philippino sales woman, who worked in a hijab fashion store, sharing about her life in Qatar. The couple from South Africa, who had visited their son in Germany, but had to rush back as their entire house had been broken into. And these two Swedish women, who looked terribly frazzled in the Bali airport - and I will be honest - I had initially judged them for being loud and rude. And yet, when we shared the chocolates in Doha, we learned that their entire purse/ATM cards and money had been stolen in Bali, and they had no money on them. We were moved and gave them money to spend the night in the business class lounge... and they were so relieved! There were other, sweet, gentle people we met with whom we laughed, shared travel and life stories - cute children, an old British couple, lovely college girls from Australia - people from around the world. It was a lively New Years Eve, but in a different way.

I noticed my fears, belief-systems around giving, and sharing love with strangers. I played with my edges around scarcity-mentality. I had to resist the urge of wondering if it was right - my brain, trying to analyze and judge, vs. letting my heart roam free.

Throughout the night, my heart opened, with even more fearlessness... as I wanted it to. It was such a perfect way to usher in the New Year! 
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Readers Comments

radhi98 wrote: Love it! Isn't it amazing how people react to a kind act? Priceless, right? God bless.
same wrote: You simply did great. May god always bless you. :-)
Rosh1227 wrote: Such a beautiful way to start not only a new year, but a new path as one!
Roger wrote: Thank you for sharing this about having the courage to give out something knowing that most people will be suspicious and wonder about our motive. You've given me courage to continue to do what i have been doing sometimes feeling rejected. Some will reject but then there are those that will let down the barriers and hearts will be softened. Thanks. I needed this.
czgavilan wrote: What courage to make yourself so vulnerable and to test your openness of heart. To overcome fear!
Wonderful to discover that your love won out. Your experience is heart-warming. Thanks for sharing.
Mish wrote: Many blessings on your path together.
pallok wrote: What an absolutely amazing story. In this day & age, when intolerance is growing all over the world and it is increasingly getting difficult to trust strangers, acts such as yours help bring people closer. And remind us that we are all part of one big global family. Kudos to you and your fiance.
kyleens wrote: Way to step out of the "box," risk and give. Thank you for sharing. Congrats on your new life. Cheers, reading, pa
elderstones wrote: I love this--we're often so afraid to talk to strangers. I find that whenever i do, each has something important to share that i need to hear. Thanks for the reminder.
abennett110 wrote: I love this!

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