#1000 Speak: Acts of Compassion and Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

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Today is #1000 Speak for Compassion, a blogging event that was designed by Considerings, and Yvonne Spence, and today sees over a thousand bloggers from all over the world coming together to talk about compassion, kindness, support and caring for others.

The world can be a harsh and depressing place, and with the thousands of daily stories of violence and cruelty that are flashed across the media on a daily basis it is easy to forget that there are still good people out there – millions of good people who do beautiful things for others on a daily basis without ever asking for anything in return. In celebration of the event, I thought it would be a nice idea to show you some of these examples of human kindness.

 

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After thousands of people were left without electricity when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, people allowed strangers to charge their phones to allow them to contact their relatives and let them know that they were alright.  Image

 

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This local dry cleaners will dry clean an outfit for free for an unemployed person going to an interview. Image

 

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A New York Police Officer gives some boots to a barefoot man. Image

 

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A soldier rescued a baby rabbit and raised it, dedicating hours of his time to make sure it was healthy.  Image: Joshua M. Bisnar

 

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A couple with a newborn baby were given this. I’m sure that there are thousands of new parents that understand how wonderful this is.  Image

 

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A world class marathon runner slows down to help a disabled man drink some water.  Image

 

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A man stopped running to catch his train so that he could help an elderly lady who was struggling with her bags.  Image

 

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A police officer handcuffed himself to a young woman who was attempting to commit suicide. He saved her life.  Image

 

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This young boy won a huge scavenger hunt contest. He donated his winnings to his neighbour that was battling leukaemia.  Image

 

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This pizza place, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, is renowned for it’s $1 slices of pizza. Customers also get the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ by purchasing a slice of pizza for a homeless person – the initial idea was that a customer wrote a message on a post-it-note and it was stuck onto the wall as proof of purchase. However, the scheme has now become so popular that there are no longer any room left on the walls, and so the owner, Mason Wartman now has to keep track of the purchases using the till. Over 8,500 slices have been given to the homeless in the last nine months alone.  Image:Reuters

Compassion is not just for the old, or the young. Showing kindness does not depend on what colour, or religion, or sexual orientation someone is. We’re all human, we’re all unique, but we’re all equal.

What could you do for someone today?

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36 thoughts on “#1000 Speak: Acts of Compassion and Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever cried as much in one day, but it’s the good kind of crying – the kind that touches your heart because of all the positive vibes out in the world today. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

  2. This was awesome and very thought-provoking! Too often, we become so consumed with our own issues and fail to realize that someone’s life is much worse than our own. Thanks for sharing!

  3. A great post for #1000Speak Suzy! There are so many good examples of compassion and kindness out there if we look for them. A focus on the good as opposed to the evil in the world does wonders for lifting us up.

  4. Yes, Suzie, but what are YOUR examples? I will be satisfied with just a small one– I promise.
    Color me jaded with world news media– even my hometown local news (newspaper and tele, you know we’ve got that here) doesn’t give compassion justice. Seriously. A Mexican national was recently shot 15 minutes drive time away from my house in the city next door (Pasco, Washington state) by the police, and NOT far from where I shop for groceries sometimes, so I’m READY for some personal, individual good news and deeds. It doesn’t have to be as big as destroying or hiding Ian the Creepy Lawn Gnome, or preparing a student for the Royal Conservatory. It can be as small as kindness given or received with The Bloke… I’m sure you’ve got the idea.

    I understand time constraints; I don’t mind waiting if that’s an issue. Apologies for the negative vibes, but I’m jonesing for something personal, y’know, that blogs are so good for.

      • Sure, so you’ve taken the broad view. But I’m still interested in a personal one, for the reasons I stated. Again, call me jaded and cynical. So, I’ll be looking forward to reading if you decide to write such a post.

      • That’s very kind of you to say. No, you’re right. If I can interact with people one-on-one, my faith in humanity mostly is very good. A long past of abuse, however, has disrupted my sense of trust, and it’s taking some work to restore it. And I’ve stayed very mistrustful of organizations and social institutions– 30 years of the local mental health system has left me bitter, at least in that regard.

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