There's a lot of talk about "random acts of kindness" these days - and I LOVE IT!
I'm a big believer in helping others any way that I can. I tweeted about David Beckham just this morning, he gave a paramedic and her patient a hot drink on a cold day - not a big flash celeb gesture - but a very welcome and friendly human to human one. I've never met him, so don't know him from the proverbial Adam - but the more I hear about his general attitude - the more I like him, he seems like such a nice fella - top marks lad!
Many years ago I read the book "Pay it Forward" and if you get the chance - then please do read it (the movie ain't nearly as good though...) It's basic premise is to help other people as much, or more than, you have been helped yourself. Simple. Just imagine what a lovely world it would be, consideration and kindness all over the place. Aaaaaah *leans back, closes eyes and smiles*
In this vein, I was lucky enough to be asked along to a celebration of some wonderful people the other night at Dewsbury Town Hall. Kirklees Council were recognising - and congratulating - some community groups who'd successfully applied for a small portion of funding through the "its up to you" scheme:
Ordinary folks getting funding for projects to actively help others - they are doing extra ordinary things to selflessly help others - Awesome! I met people who'd set up a community allotment - fab! Others were getting kids involved in martial arts, various sports and creative arts & crafts - and these ideas came from teenagers!!! Brilliant - "see a need, fill a need!" Nabbed that quote from the Robots clip below, I seem to use it all the time...:
I'll let some one smarter than me have the last word on this...