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Old 10-26-2006, 12:06 PM   #16
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Really? Have you ever been?
No, I'm pretty much a homebody. I've only been out of the US on 2 occasions, and both times I was on a cruise.
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:54 PM   #17
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Was your brother with a group? I wonder if he worked with the same organization I collaborated with.
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:57 PM   #18
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Was your brother with a group? I wonder if he worked with the same organization I collaborated with.
No, my brother travelled alone most of the time. God would tell him to go somewhere, and my brother would go.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:57 PM   #19
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Boyfriend moving abroad with me for almost a year and then over to Ireland was definitely the most special/kind thing anyone has done for me. I could never thank him enough for that. Everyday someone will do something small that I appreciate, like a phone call from my Dad telling me what mail has arrived for me that week (I love getting mail and today he told me I had four letters from Spain, even though he speaks no Spanish he still tried to read a bit from each letter) or message from my Mum, my sister saving me magazines she has read, meeting my siblings and getting a lie in and my breakfast made because I've been really stressed out with work lately and not getting enough sleep so I really am grateful for that.

As for me doing something for other people... I'm not sure I do anything that impacts anyone's life in any big way. I volunteer with a scheme which involves befriending a person with learning difficulties, who might not have the opportunity or confidence to socialise much, and going out with them once a week. It's not something I talk about, I don't think anyone knows I am doing it but there are only 15 volunteers and I really think there could be a lot more. I am sure that all the people in the scheme, both volunteers and the friend, make an impact on each others lives.
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:25 PM   #20
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As for me doing something for other people... I'm not sure I do anything that impacts anyone's life in any big way. I volunteer with a scheme which involves befriending a person with learning difficulties, who might not have the opportunity or confidence to socialise much, and going out with them once a week.
Don't sell yourself short. What you are doing for that person would make a HUGE impact on his/her life.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:13 PM   #21
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This is tiny, but, as a kid, I used to put my spare change in expired parking meters. I thought that even the six minutes purchased by a penny might save someone a ticket.

One time I had an internship that lasted a year. Near the end of the year, someone I had never met came up to me and said that even though we never interacted, she had watched as I interacted with other people throughout the year. She complimented me on my demeanor, and wished me well. That just blew me away! I appreciated the effort that she took to go out of her way to talk with me. And it made me more aware of the possibility that sometimes we have an impact on others -- when we're not even aware of it.

On a lighter note, the generosity of spirit that prompted a toddler to offer me half of a very soggy cookie -- is something that I truly appreciate and admire!
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:14 PM   #22
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This is tiny, but, as a kid, I used to put my spare change in expired parking meters. I thought that even the six minutes purchased by a penny might save someone a ticket.
They can write you a ticket for that in Fort Worth, Texas. I'm not kididng.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:31 PM   #23
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Really? Ouch! I don't know if that is/was true in Maryland. But I stopped doing it when they got rid of the meters that took small change. So I guess I started breaking the law early!
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Ooooooo....kind and subversive.
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At the end July I left a job that I had really hated for the last year or so. This new job I had heard about really felt too good to be true. It was a great job and I did well the first week or so. I met a new and diverse group of friends and co-workers and was just having the time of my life. With one exception, it was a quota based job and I didn't sign up enough clients the last week I was there and got FIRED, by the owner of the company, no less. That was the first time in my working history I was actually fired from a job.
What amazed me the most was the new friends and coworkers who rallied around me, helping me with the stuff on my desk and walked me out to my car. My floor supervisors didn't even know he was planning to fire me. One gave me a lead on a job and promised to call if they heard of anything else..etc. That was 2 weeks ago. I was off for 3 week's and was considering going back to the old job I hated because I left in good standing. But then the company that fired me called me back for a different position in an administrative capacity. It's the strangest thing that has happened to me on the job and people are still saying welcome back. I am so thankful that call.

during the time I was in between jobs with the same company,
I had just come out of the store when a man approached me and ask if I had 50 cents. I felt so bad for him that I gave him the 2 dollar's and change I had just put in my bag. Even though I was going through financial hardship at the time, it still wasn't as bad as his. He was very thankful and blessed me.
The blessing worked
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whenever i go out to dinner downtown i make sure to leave a little on the plate and get it to take home.

on the way home, i give it to a homeless person.
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A couple of years ago my husband and I were eating at a Waffle House and a apparent homeless man was drinking coffee and had been beat up really badly. I sent hime a big breakfast to go with his coffee.

When my father passed away my friends took up a collection and bought me a weeping cherry tree for my yard in remembrance.

This is a great film and very uplifting

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Disney World has this annual thing they do with Christian bands every year called Night of Joy. Well, my sister MENTIONED to my uncle that I wanted to go see stryper that year in miami and he bought me a plane ticket and concert tickets for night of joy. At first I thought it was a bluff but it was great because he wanted to kill two birds with one stone since my grandfather was having a checkup in Miami ...it later turned out to be his last trip and I was right there with him.

You never know how far a kind act can go with a person so every chance you get go out of your way because it´s a once in a lifetime oportunity.
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Old 10-28-2006, 12:25 AM   #29
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whenever i go out to dinner downtown i make sure to leave a little on the plate and get it to take home.

on the way home, i give it to a homeless person.
That's awesome! I usually do the same. Speaking of homeless people, have you met Blelvis? He is truly an amazing human being.
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whenever i go out to dinner downtown i make sure to leave a little on the plate and get it to take home.

on the way home, i give it to a homeless person.
That is great. You may never know what they means to the people you feed.
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