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A Few Minutes Of Your Time


This morning found me shopping in the pre-Christmas craziness of WalMart (wonderful planning on my part, I know).  I was out of cat food and litter and needed gift wrap, etc.

As I stood in giftwrap section looking at bags and bows and such, a young woman came flying down the aisle, looking frantically about. "Has anyone seen an iPhone?" she asked out loud.  "I think I left my phone here." 

I watched as she scanned the shelves looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack of Christmas clutter.  Folks shook their heads and moved on with their carts, seemingly oblivious to the woman's distress. 

I could easily relate to her situation.  Which of us hasn't carelessly set our phone down a time or two?  Knowing that she would likely never spot her phone if it was buried among the wrappings, and fearing as she did that someone had already picked it up, I handed her my phone and suggested that she call her number to see if we could hear it ringing. 

Her hands shaking, she dialed the number and we waited... nothing, no ringtone to be heard.  She put the phone to her ear to make sure it was ringing, just in time to hear a man's voice answer.  "Who is this?" she said.  It turned out to be someone from the Customer Service desk.  Thankfully her phone had been found and turned in.  Bless the kind soul who did the that!

The young woman handed me back my phone, still so emotionally rattled that she couldn't remember where Customer Service was.  I pointed her in the right direction and she hurried off to retrieve her phone.  Hopefully the rest of her day went much better. 

It took just a few minutes of my time to be helpful this morning.  I thank God that I paid attention to her dilemma and offered my assistance.  So often I am wrapped up in my own little world, oblivious to those around me and their needs. Yet just a few  minutes of my time made all the difference in  one person's world.  It was so easy.  I want random acts of kindness to become second nature in my life.  That's the kind of person I want to be, one who takes the time to care. 

I urge you to join me.  In the hectic pace of holiday preparations, don't forget to take a few moments to look around and see what you can do to brighten someone else's life... let the person with a few items put their cart ahead of your fully loaded one, help an elder place their grocery bags in their car, return someone's empty cart to the cart corral for them, and above all share a smile and a kind word... think of it as a Christmas virus that we'd love to see spread!  It only takes...  A Few Minutes Of Your Time!

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I'm linking up with Cate at Six Word Saturday...  join us there!

32 comments:

  1. Scammers live off of "Random acts of kindness" you could have lent your phone only for her to run off with it. I have been scammed numerous times by someone who lost their wallet and needed fare to get home, however you are still right...

    keep it up.

    Every time I get scammed, I keep thinking someday it will be someone like my daughter or my son, and eventually good deeds will be repaid in good karma.

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    1. What you say is very true,Joe. I have had acts of kindness go bad on more than one ocassion, but it doesn't dissuade me in the least. There will always be evil among us, and people with hateful hearts. That makes it all the more important that we let our own light of kindness shine brightly as an example to others. My thoughts are often just like yours, praying that sometime if my son or daughter needs assistance, someone will stop and help.

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    2. I always try to help others in need. I never worry about being scammed. The positives outweigh the negatives.

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    3. I so agree with you Anon, the risk is always worth the possibility that I might be able to share a bit of good!

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  2. it is never too hard to be nice to a stranger ... yet so few people do it....
    good job Josie! and I hope you got the cat litter!

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    1. The opportunities present themselves to us daily Brenda, it is all about getting the focus off ourselves and our "to-do list" and learning to look for needs. Think of how often we all lift each other's spirits here! Just seeing someone's name pop up with a new comment makes me smile.. it's as easy as that! :-) And yes, I did remember the cat litter, with four cats in the house it is not something one can easily overlook!!

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  3. Thank you for this encouraging post.

    My 6ws is here: http://mlissabeth.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/six-word-saturday-11/

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    1. Thank you Mlissabeth, it is always better to light candles than to curse the darkness. If we can encourage each other we can make life better! :-)

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  4. Awwe I loved your story! So good of you. I have lost my phone too and it's a scary thing. These days my phone isn't just for calls. I use it for GPS, as a notepad, keeping track of my bills, a photo album...

    PS- I adore your kitties! I have 4 myself ;)

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    1. That's exactly it Kristin, it's not so much the phone itself, it's the wealth of information and photose we have stored in it that would be so sad to lose! I was deligted that whoever found the phone did the right thing today!

      Furkids are my passion, I would most certainly be a crazy catlady if the saner voice of my also cat-loving husband didn't prevail. Four in the house is truly enough (but I could always make room for one more, hehe)!

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  5. I'm sure she thanked you numerous times throughout the day when she repeated the story of her lost phone!

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    1. My joy comes in knowing that I was able to help relieve her panic, Robyn. The relief on her face was by far the best reward! The season is stressful enough without hunting for a lost phone. If it were me I would probably cry out of frustration!

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  6. Good post. Common sense should still be common, and so should random acts of kindness.

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    1. Amen Annie, common sense needs to be more common and random acts of kindness need to be a way of life. Wouldn't this be a nicer world if those two wishes came true!

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  7. I so love the thinking behind your post - this to me is more of what Christmas should be about and less of the commercial hoohaa. I'm going to be especially more conscious of how I act, yay for you.

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    1. Thank you Fiona! If this story can help remind each of us (including me) to become more interactive with the people around us, it has served it's purpose.

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  8. josie - bless you. Bless you. May there be a million more Josies in this world.

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    1. Trust me Carrie, the world is not ready for (or in need of that)... Papa Bear can vouch for it! Though I would love a clone or two to do my housework and officework!
      :-) My heart is in the right place, now working on getting my words and my actions to follow thru!

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  9. Your random act of kindness was wonderful for the blessing she received through you and what a blessing you received as well. God rewards with blessings when we do well. there are so many little acts that we can do so easily and it never costs anything, give a smile, let someone out in traffic,a kind word, pay for the car behind you in the fast food lane or toll lane. there are so many ways to be kind God Bless you Josie ((xx))

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    1. That's exactly it Len, she felt better and I felt better about my day too. WalMart is far from my favorite place to go, but this time it didn't turn out to be so bad. There's a million little ways we can be a blessing to other people's lives, watching for opportunities can be fun!

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  10. Lovely story, Josie. Thank heaven there are still kind people like you in the world.

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    1. It is not me, Cheri, kindness dwells in all of us, we just have to take the time to listen to the voice that says "do it"!

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  11. Well done, my friend. And you are absolutely right, even a small kindness can make someones day. Despite my ranting nature, I try to be kind whenever I can.

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    1. I know you to be incredibly kind, Monkey! Beneath all that huff n' puff lurks a marshmallow heart :-)

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    2. I am kind by choice, I'm harsh when I have to be.

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    3. You are right, Monkey, it is a choice! We all have dual natures and can decide which we want to respond from. There are times when it is necessary to be hard, at least on the outside. Sometimes it is called for, as long as we don't get stuck in that mode, as people sometimes tend to do.. becoming cold rocks with little feeling or caring, and that is tragic.

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  12. So true Josie -- it only takes a moment to be of help to someone in need -- and that moment lives forever in their heart and yours.

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    1. Living in the present... showing up... things you speak of often, Louise! I'm aiming for that, a high bar to reach, but a very good place to be!

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  13. Great advice; I think I've been infected! : )

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    1. I think it's a great problem to have, Joseph! I know you're great at sharing smiles via your blog! :-)

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  14. This reminds me of something that Bing would do. She is FAR more likely to engage and help than I am and it shames me. But, I did reach out a couple of nights ago. Our good friend was in town from New York. She is a thrice nominated Jazz singer who met Bing when they played in an all girl rock band in college. She has since went on to Jazz stardom. But, she was in town and since her father was in hospice in a nearby small town, she agreed to sing for the residents and their families. I admit that I am not a fan of jazz or of our friend. Not really. She is more Bing's friend. I find her to be a bit of a pretentious, vain person...but she has her sweet side. So, we went and tiptoed in late, after the concert had already begun. (This of course, was ALL Bing's fault...she is SO pokey!) At any rate, a slight man motioned to us to join him at his table and we did. He moved to the beat all the way through her performance. Afterwards, while Bing went to chat up her friend and others, I stayed and talked to Jesse, the man at the table. I learned about his previous career (a bulk salesman for Safeway grocery stores), his deceased wife, Ruth (dead for three years and he mourned her so deeply that their children feared he would kill himself...his eyes sparkled as he told me how she would have loved this concert, that she loved all kinds of music and could dance to anything even though she was barely 5 ft tall and 100 lbs soaking wet) and his Christmas wish: he wanted another winter like last years...NO snow. I talked to him until Bing came to collect me to go home, gently chiding me for not spending more time with her friend. On a whim, I sent him a Christmas card the next day, thanking him for his conversation. When I came home tonight from work, Bing told me that the hospice had called her to say that Jesse wanted to know if it was "ok" to call me. He didn't want to seem overly pushy! I called them back personally and told them to tell him to call me anytime after 6 in the evening. I just got off the phone with him tonight. He is my new "Herman", I suppose. Reaching out usually pays off, yes?

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    1. What a delightful, heart-warming story, Maria. It does seem like another "Herman" has been placed smack-dab in your life, and you reached out and responded. A little action to call him and to accept his calls... but such a big payoff for both of you. I love this story!

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