Would You Be Willing to Spend 25 Cents to Buy a Stranger 10 Minutes ?

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Would You Be Willing to Spend 25 Cents to Buy a Stranger 10 Minutes?

As we go through our busy days we are usually so wrapped up in our next appointment; what we will cook for dinner; what time the kids have to be picked up.... the list goes on.....that we can forget that there are others around us.

parking meter-delray beachThis morning as Larry and I were at the end of our morning walk at Delray Beach, we saw a young man going along the sidewalk and feeding the meters with the red  “Expired” sign flashing in the window.  He stopped at each meter, checked the status, then dropped in a quarter.  

It was such an unexpected and kind gesture it made me wonder how many of us would have spent a quarter to buy a stranger 10 minutes of time.  (In Delray, beach parking is 25 cents for 10 minutes.)

Larry and I have made this “mad dash” on more than a few mornings.  You set your watch and know when you must “feed the meter” only to be stopped by a friend for a quick hello and chat.  Or on those occasions when we saw the flashing red on meters near our car, we were always so busy talking  or wrapped up in our thoughts, that it never occurred to either one of us to buy that person an extra 10 minutes.

I hope that next time I’ll step out of my own little world and be better prepared to perform a Random Act of Kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness are out there.... we just have to learn to look for them.


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Kathy Streib
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Donna- it really is.  You spend 25cents and look what you can do for someone.

Ron & Alexandra- I love that saying!  Ok... I've got to go and read more of the Dalai Lama.

Joanna- yes, whatever the reason, it was very thoughtful.

Anna- you're absolutely right... besides his health benefit, he did a very good deed.

Jill- that's just awful!  Not what you did, because that was very kind. 

Dianne- I agree and I've not been the best lately.  I've had my moments though.  I'll tell you what is really fun though is just one day make a point of seeing how many random acts of kindness you can do!

BARFF- would have but he was too busy feeding meters. 

Rebecca- oh I believe we are.  Half the people walk around texting or talking on the phone. 

April 26, 2012 08:05 PM
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Shar Sitter
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Love this! There is a gentleman that walks every morning in our neighborhood and he always carries a bag with him so he can pick up litter if he sees it. What a way to get your exercise and do a great service for your community at the same time. 

April 27, 2012 02:56 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Shar- That is so nice!  Not many would do that these days.  Larry will during our walks but I draw the line at somone's Kleenex!!!

April 27, 2012 05:05 PM
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Kathy - I love random acts of kindness and, sadly, we all get so busy that we fail to do this on a regular basis.  I love this story!  One of the things I miss most in ActiveRain are the great Pay It Forward stories we used to see.  

April 28, 2012 05:58 AM
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Barbara- I remember those.  What happened to them?  I liked them because they were a reminder to us of what we could do if we just gave it some thought. 

April 29, 2012 06:38 PM
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