Archive for July, 2016

Message in a Bottle: Random Acts of Kindness

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Do you remember the movie, Message in a Bottle, with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn?

A similar thing happened to me the other day. I wrangled my 12 year old son, Michael away from Counter Strike on PC and we brought our 2 year old Siberian Husky, Bolt to Cabrillo Beach, CA. We walked along the beach for a while and on our way back towards the car, I came across a cracked iphone, with a vertical California ID card and a Wells Fargo ATM card behind the phone’s case. The owner’s home address was in Wilmington, CA around ten minutes away from the beach.

I managed to convince my son that his game could wait. I explained how returning the property will help this young woman by returning her phone and all of its contents, pictures, contacts, videos. Returning the ID card will save her a trip and maybe missing work to go to the DMV to replace her ID. Returning the ATM card will save her from cancelling the card and waiting for a new one.

The address was a large housing complex locked between two layers of gates. In Spanish I asked someone if they knew anyone who lived there and she did. She made a call and we got in.

I found the apartment and rang the bell. A young woman opened the door a crack and I asked for Bertha. She asked what it was about and I showed her the phone and the cards, and she said, “That’s my sister’s. She’ll be so relieved. Thank you so much!”.

The message in the bottle is a random act of kindness. Try to find at least one every day! Show the world gratitude and the world will thank you back!

Paying it Forward: Recognize Other People You See Every Day!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

 

 

Man Who Walks 16 Miles to 2 Jobs Gets Life-Changing Surprise

An awesome connection was created between two strangers in Belmont, New Hampshire, population 7,500. Kyle Bigler was working one of his full time jobs at the Dunkin Donuts one morning and served Joanna Griffiths her morning coffee at 7:30 AM and then at 10:45 PM, she saw him again 8.5 miles away at another full time job that he held down to support himself and his son. The next morning at the Dunkin Donuts she decided to recognize his hard work and diligence and posted a picture of him at the drive through window on her Facebook page. The post got 20,000 views and a local car dealership donated a used 2005 Honda Accord to Kyle Bigler after viewing the post!

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