In praise of a random act of kindness

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I write this note from a fourth-floor apartment in a rental unit overlooking Quidi Vidi Lake, which has 12 such apartments on this floor. My reason for this is because of a random act of kindness displayed from one of the tenants on this floor.

During our recent past when our daytime temperatures have soared up to the 30 C mark, this lone female tenant went around to all 12 units and gave us all a free two-fan combination window fan so that we might be able to tolerate this extreme heat and so enjoy ourselves a bit more.

To my knowledge no one has been complaining about the heat in this apartment building, or have gone to the owners, managers or whatever to complain, but out of the goodness of her heart, and without any prodding or suggesting by anyone, she just decided to initiate this action by herself in order to make life a little more pleasant for someone else.

I would guess that she must have paid quite a few hundred dollars for this kindness and, as I understand, she is by no means a wealthy person (or even close to it).

I recognize from news reports over the past several days that there have been such random acts of kindness elsewhere in our province as well as across Canada, but this one act is personal to us and so I commend such an action and wish her well.

I can only hope that in some small way I may be able to duplicate her random act of kindness and so enhance someone else’s life (and perhaps it might be hers).

Being an elderly person myself, I can recall that during my very early years it was considered common practice to perform such acts of kindness and never expect any reward or praise.

Why is it now that we think of this as being something rather special?

Perhaps if more and more people undertook such acts of kindness and every once and awhile talked about it, it may be then considered just commonplace to do them and so we would be acting much like our parents and grandparents used to act towards one another.

It really should be as it was — a simple act of kindness towards your fellow man.

Daphne and Gordon Cross

St. John’s

Geographic location: Quidi Vidi Lake, Canada

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  • Pairaducks
    August 12, 2013 - 11:35

    Why do we refer to intentional actions as random when common sense and morality are involved?

  • rose
    August 12, 2013 - 09:53

    My grandmother always said only kindness matters, how true. Be remembered for your kindness.

  • david
    August 11, 2013 - 11:40

    500 free coffees....it's the new Unicef.