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Hello folks,

felt I should post a clarification to my thread. I am NOT suggesting that all strangers are good and safe. Nor am I suggesting that people should depend on strangers or seek out help from them. Though I do believe that a person can be independent and still accept a safe kindness from another person. I just wanted to share that there are times when, unexpectedly, a good human can appear in your life and show you a kindness. I think it's really nourishing for our spirits to remember those times. If someone has never experienced that before, who knows what the future will bring?

I realize that lots of people join PC after abuse, disconnects, loneliness, and intense emotional pain. I know that pain is out there and real. I suppose I just find, for me anyway, that focusing on the bad times and less-than-good folks causes me more pain.

if I gave anyone a different impression than what I have clarified, please excuse. I am finding the written forum, without facial affect or tone, to be a bit challenging. I seem to be better at connecting with people in person, face to face. Though I am grateful for the anonymity here because I never share my troubles with the vast majority of people in my life. My S.O. is very kind to me but I never want to put him in "therapist "role or make him feel burdened by my sorrows because that would not be fair to him.

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I remember another time my nose started bleeding in class.

one of the children stopped what she was doing straight away, came over to me, and made sure I was okay- and that I got to the nurse
Beautiful stories to share, Raging Vortex! Hang onto those memories the next time you feel low or less than hopeful about life. I am glad you had those kind moments
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I have hip arthritis which gets worse i stand around. I also love to go to thrift stores, which involves alot of standing around. The other day as I was leaving the thrift store with a big bag of stuff in one hand and using a cane in the other, a young man veered out of his path and came up to me offering to carry the bag to the car for me! Made my day! (hip replacement coming in January!)
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once at school they were having a fete thing.

their was this stall, and on the stall their was a cassette tape of something I really wanted-- but I didn't have enough money to buy it.

I didn't actually recognize the person on the stall (it wasn't a teacher or anything from my school, I'm guessing she was from another school)

I explained the problem about wanting the cassette but not having the money to buy it

she remained silent for a moment, then reached across, tapped me on the arm and told me to just pick it up and take it

she said it was one cassette, not the end of the world- she'd still make lots of money that day

I was so thankful I went round to the other side of the stall and hugged her
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one time, on another website, I really wanted to be a premium user (To get more of the benifits)

well one day I logged in to find that someone on the site (I don't know who), had gifted me $75 worth of membership (3 years)

I posted to attempt to find out who it was, but never did

I never told anyone, so my guess is that someone just thought they would be kind to less priviladged users
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I want to tell that woman who took your hand and that bus driver who got Emily rid of that bore guy that they are my heroes.
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I want to tell that woman who took your hand and that bus driver who got Emily rid of that bore guy that they are my heroes.
Wow you guys must have made this happen. I came home tonight and there was a box of cookies wrapped up in my door jamb. A Christmas gift from my neighbor. Super sweet!
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Wow you guys must have made this happen. I came home tonight and there was a box of cookies wrapped up in my door jamb. A Christmas gift from my neighbor. Super sweet!

Wow! Thanks for sharing, Emily. That sounds magical!
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A stranger found the I.D. I had accidentally dropped in the street and mailed it back to me
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Wow you guys must have made this happen. I came home tonight and there was a box of cookies wrapped up in my door jamb. A Christmas gift from my neighbor. Super sweet!
Not at all. Sure you have much more to do with receiving that present than us. :-)
There are people like that. We get surprise bc is not as the world is working today. In the past, its said helping or being there for a stranger or a neighbour was the natural thing, the custom.
We became distract for our own duties and daily activities that not even have time to spend a couple of minutes for someone else.
The good part is that now it seems more genuine when it happens and I love it.
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