Feel Good Friday – Do A Little Kindness

by admin on March 28, 2014

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Puzzled March 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

Well, you can just add me to the cry list, now can’t you? What a nice way to start the day.

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Cecilia March 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

It does my heart good to know that there are still good people in the world. :)

Near the end, when the young person comes back to help the older lady, that’s the one that started the tears.

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lkb March 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

Nice! Thanks for posting.

I’m very happy to say that where I live in Michigan (where it’s been a particularly long, snowy winter), the pulling strangers out of snow banks is a regular thing. I’ve had that misfortune a few times and have always been blessed to have someone come along to pull me out within minutes (and I’m in a sparsely populated rural area).

In a way, it’s kind of a shame that what should be something that we should do without giving it a second thought is considered extraordinary in videos such as these.

Again thanks for posting this and reminding us all that it only takes a moment to be kind.

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kit March 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

You know, some people, especially the ones moving slowly, should try to use the marked crossings.

I’m myself the kind who would NOT have given way for that old woman at 2:00 to go over street where she was, with a specially marked crossing just 20m away – and she couldn’t or wouldn’t even use the sidewalk on opposite side in the place where she insisted crossing road, it would have definitely been safer to cross in the correct place. Same goes for person at 0:49 – it seems that there is a barrier on the other side of the street, meaning this place was most definitely NOT meant for crossing. Heck if you can’t do a fast dash, find the correct place where you are perfectly permitted to walk as slow as you need to!!

Now those who won’t stop for the woman at 3:49, they do break etiquette.

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lkb March 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

@ kit:
Perhaps I misunderstood: 0:49 has the person on crutches fallen down in the street. Perhaps he or she was making his/her way to a parked car. I can’t imagine not stopping for that person — crutches are difficult, and if you don’t have the upper arm strength, exhausting to the point that one would do anything to shorten the trip. (I was on crutches once in my life and was amazed at how a short walk could make me sweat buckets. One time, I fell on a sidewalk and it took a stranger seeing me from a nearby office building to come out and help me up.)

As to the woman at 2, from what I saw, it looked like the sidewalk on the side where she was crossing to was snow covered. If someone has mobility problems, that could be just as dangerous as there is also the possibility of black ice/pot holes etc. In that case, I’d have avoided it too. I couldn’t tell if those tiny signs on the posts were crossing signs, and maybe she couldn’t either.

Again, maybe I misunderstood.

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Alpaca March 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

@ kit

I’d agree with you, if that didn’t look like former Soviet states where marked crossings aren’t as common as in other western cities. Or where marked crossings don’t even mean that people stop to let you cross.

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Alli8098 March 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

A few years ago my car died at a very busy intersection during rush hour. A very nice man in a truck had a tow strap and towed me through. He also took me a block up the road towards my place to a safe area until my husband could arrive to get me. I felt like I could never thank him enough and wish I had gotten his info before he left. I’m still looking for my change to pay it forward to someone else.

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Nannerdoman March 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I’ve seen this before, and I believe it was shot in Russia or the former USSR, where the dashboard camera is ubiquitous. I loved the shot of the men shepherding the squirrel across the street, and I marvel at the number of Boy Scouts seem to live there to help little old ladies cross the street.

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sue March 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

Reminds me of when I was little, my mom would be driving downtown to go shopping and we would sometimes see an old lady waiting at the bus stop to go downtown. My mom would stop and give her a ride. She was not anyone we knew. My mom was just like that. She taught so much without words. She died when I was 9 but I learned kindness from her in so many ways like that.

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jen d. March 31, 2014 at 8:43 am

I never cry at sad movies, and it takes a lot to make me cry, but this video did. I have to say – my heart was in my throat a few times. I knew that there wouldn’t be a video on here of someone (animal or human) being hit, but that didn’t stop me from gasping.

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LonelyHound April 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

A few years ago we got a good snow where I live and I had a lightweight 2 wheel drive car. I made out of my parking space and almost all the way through a left turn when my car got stuck. I tried rocking it back and forth by switching between drive and reverse. I tried pushing it myself. Nothing worked. To make matters worse my DH was out of town on business. The area I was blocking was going to become busy soon and I was worried that with a black car, even with the 4 ways on, someone would hit me. I tried flagging down cars. Several cars passed by me and just waved, or pointed and laughed. One car even started coming down the street, saw me, reversed and left! Finally, a truck carrying two water utility workers stopped and pushed me out. I tried to stop to thank them but they motioned me to go so I did not get stuck. Needless to say, I never got their names or properly got to thank them; but I did call the water company and tell them to send out an email congratulating their employees. Whoever those men might be!

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