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RAK Submission: Just Be Kind

Here’s a poem I wrote about the power of kindness. Please feel free to post it if desired.

JUST BE KIND   by John Ptacek

Don’t concern yourself with toppling governments.

Instead, topple the walls between yourself and others.

Kindness in the face of chaos

is revolution.

Don’t attempt to eliminate world hunger.

Instead, eliminate your hunger for self-aggrandizement.

Buried underneath your mighty illusions

is a mightier capacity for kindness.

Don’t seek to attain a higher level of consciousness.

Your consciousness is as high as it needs to be when you clear a path for kindness.

Don’t tie yourself in knots trying to express love, a word pulverized of meaning.

You’ll blow the lines every time.

Instead, just be kind.

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RAK Submission – Kindness Anywhere

A story was submitted verbally to the Kindness Movement and so we thought we’d share below . . .

One of our biggest fans of the Kindness Movement ordered a large quantity of RAK (Random Act of Kindness) Cards to give out to friends and family to encourage them to perform random acts of kindness. One particular woman who received her batch of cards put them in her purse to use whenever she came upon an instance to do so. One day she was shopping around Easter time and she noticed a fellow shopper who was obviously torn about a couple articles of clothing. This shopper was one of those vocal types who decided to ask her other fellow shoppers their opinion about which color they liked better. She explained that she was buying this article of clothing for her mother and knew she’d look great in both colors but just couldn’t decide which one to get. Well, the lady with her batch of RAK  Cards in her purse reached in and grabbed one of those cards and another piece of paper then walked over to the lady and said something to the effect of, “I don’t think you should have to decide. I think you should get both of them. Here’s a coupon that I was going to use myself and it will give you a chance to buy both jackets for your mom for the same price as one. And here’s a card to remind you to pay a random act of kindness forward to someone else when you can.”

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RAK Submission – Drive Thru Pay It Forward

The coolest thing just happened. I was @ Tim Horton’s getting my morning cup of joe. When I reached the drive thru window the two young workers told me that the person in the car in front of me had paid my tab. I said, “Wow, I wonder if I know her?” They replied, “No, the person in the car in front of her paid her tab.” So, I immediately said, “Well, I am paying for the person in the car behind me.” The two young girls were so excited! They were yelling, “Hey, we have a chain reaction.” I told them I was paying it forward. It was the BEST $3.92 I have ever spent for a cup of coffee b/c it restored a little of my faith in mankind and gave two young girls an opportunity to see adults acting like caring adults! Something quite insignificant to most, has just made my day! Pay if forward today, People!
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RAK Story Submission – Snowy RAK

We got four more inches of snow yesterday. The street plow had blocked my driveway for the second time this week. My husband is out of town and a neighbor on the next block came over and completely plowed me out. He even did my sidewalk! Wow…. Grateful…

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RAK Story Submission – Wonderful Neighbors!

Last spring, my husband and I had to leave for a sudden trip out of the country when his father became ill. It was not a good situation and we ended up being gone for 11 unplanned weeks. Our neighbors collected our mail, bought ferns for our porches, kept them watered for us etc… They were a God send and we will NEVER forget the many RAK’s they did as they watched out for us while we were gone. Beyond Priceless!!!

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RAK Story Submission – Got Milk??

I am a senior citizen,and was recently at the grocery store
and had a sudden dilemmia. The milk was all sold out except for the
bottom shelf with a few cartons in the very back. I was trying to
figure out how to ge the milk and a younger woman rushed in and got
down on her knees and dug out a carton of milk for me. She
anticipated my need and her RAK meant more than I can say.

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RAK Story Submission – RAK in the Laundry Mat

I had a long day at our local laundry mat using the giant washer and dryers for my bedspreads. When I walked in, I noticed a very elderly man half bent over, loading his laundry. I felt for him and wondered what his story was. Then he left. Later, his washers stopped and he never returned. Finally, I put his clothes into two dryers and got them drying. The dryers stopped and he still had not returned. So, I folded all his clothes neatly into his baskets. About a half hour later, he came in with a very panicked look on his face. Did he forget about his clothes,and worry that they might be gone? I kept my face into the book I was reading, trying not to stare at him or own up to my Random Act of Kindness. He froze when he saw his clothes neatly folded into his basket. He looked around the room over and over in disbelief. Then with a tear in his eye, he looked up at the sky and loudly said “Thank you Sweet Jesus” and as he walked out of the laundry mat — he wore a big grin and stood a little taller.

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A Single Mom

Sitting in church,I noticed a young Mom in front of me sitting with her young son. She seemed stressed and very weary. During the song part of the service, I slipped a money into her purse. I felt it would be an encouragement to her… and give her hope that she could survive what ever was going on in her life.

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A Two Level Act of Kindness

While putting together a dynamic business deal, the person I was working with got very, very sick. Two other people in her office,came to the rescue and have been working (without pay) with me, on her behalf. Those two people have certainly gone far above and beyond with their random act of kindness to both of us.

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Kindness for a New Year

We got a local story passed on to us directly from the source. A guy was at McDonald’s getting his Coke through the drive-thru this morning when he decided to pay for the person behind him. He stayed to see the expression in his rearview mirror … and it was PRICELESS! Continue the Kindness Movement in 2011 and … pay it forward!

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