Random acts of kindness
There's never a bad time to be kind to a fellow human. Here are some of the unexpected acts of kindness given and received by MNers
"When I was in labour, my midwife stayed with me until my son was born, even though it was five hours after the end of her shift. I was holding her hand through every contraction and she was talking me through them."
"When I was about 17 and on a late night train back from a strange place after being dumped by my boyfriend, I was sobbing quietly and really upset, and I nodded off. When I woke up there was a crumpled up bit of paper stuffed down the side of my seat. I opened it and it was a long, long message written by the guy opposite me, who had now got off the train. It was all about how life is really shit sometimes, but everything would be alright - and that even though I felt so hurt now, I would get past it. It was such a lovely thing for him to do that and he was obviously embarrassed about it and not sure if it would help - but it did."
"My disabled son speaks to a homeless man whenever he sees him. One day he noticed he didn't have the blanket he usually had. When my son inquired where it was, he explained he had given it to a friend who was cold. My son asked him if he wasn't cold too, and he said a bit, but he would manage. My lovely son whizzed off to the nearest camping shop and bought him a sleeping bag. Two disadvantaged young men doing a kindness."
"The nicest thing I've done for a stranger is to let a recently bereaved couple keep my missing cat, whom they found living as a stray and looked after. I thought they would benefit more from having her than I would, despite having looked for her desperately for six months."
"The act of kindness I remember most clearly was the lovely doctor, young enough to be my daughter, who was looking after my Dad when he was very near the end of his life. She explained his condition clearly and kindly, so we knew what was to come. A few hours later, shortly after he died, I was sitting alone in the hospital corridor as the same doctor was hurrying along. When she saw me she stopped to give me a real hug, full of sympathy. This touched me beyond words."
"About four years ago I was struggling with both depression and pain from a kidney condition, and was hideously sick in Morrison's car park. An old lady stopped, gave me tissues, a bottle of water and - I'll never forget this - knelt down and wiped the sick off my shoes."
"We returned to the car to discover we had a flat tyre; my husband started doing it, but not very efficiently. A bloke who happened to be mechanic (and had his own kids waiting in his car) saw him floundering a bit and came over and sorted it out for us. These things are a big deal when you have a car full of kids at the end of a long day, desperate to get home."
"I told an elderly lady at the hairdresser's how beautiful I thought she looked: her pixie cut made her eyes sparkle and her face seemed illuminated from within. When she'd floated out looking ecstatic with her new hair do, her stylist popped over to me and told me that the lady was recently widowed. The shock had caused her to lose a lot of hair, so much that she'd become so ashamed and self conscious that she'd become a recluse and had stopped driving. It had taken her a massive effort to get out the front door and on a bus that morning. One small compliment but sincerely meant from a stranger, and it seemed to validate her struggle to start living again."
"One of the nicest things that happened to me was when I had a miscarriage the lovely nurse that I saw afterwards just gave me a hug. It was unexpected - the human contact - and I really needed it. Then when I got pregnant again I went in for a scan and some blood results - I can still remember her doing a fist pump and shouting 'YES!' when my bloods came back fine - she really cared."
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