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Ever done anything really nice for someone...a total stranger?

I just put a message up on the Broome community notice board about wanting to come up and do the Cable beach Marathon in July (first week of school hols), but with the cost of accommodation nudging 1k for 3 nights with my family i cant justify it, sure i could go up and swag it by myself but the family love Broome just as much as me, so i asked if anyone up there had a caravan i could hire for 3 days etc...and a semi retired lady who is a nurse at the hospital messaged me and said as there kids have just recently left home and moved north they now had 2 bedrooms in the downstairs part of their house with a pool etc that they would be happy for us to stay in, that was so nice and then she said they would just love to have us as guests and not expect any payment.  Seriously how nice is that......looks like im doing the marathon now.

Of course i'll do my due diligence etc...am I being to trusty?

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Yep, we do random acts of kindness all the time esp when we travel. We think we are lucky to have the opportunities and money to be able to do the things we do.

It doesn't have to be anything huge and we don't make a big deal out of it.  We just like to help people out when we can.

 

 

 

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It's often those small things that add up. I rocked up at the dam this morning just before light, and there were 2 young guys walking down a bit behind me. When they got there, one of them swears, and says to his mate that he left his goggles at home. I always have a spare pair in the bag so gave them to him. It meant he could swim, and didn't cost me anything.

Really, why doesn't everyone do that sort of stuff?

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4 hours ago, KieranR said:

Of course i'll do my due diligence etc...am I being to trusty?

No...  SHE IS!  :lol:

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Actually, I think there's lots of random acts of kindness in the world.

We seem to give heaps, but also receive heaps.  I guess what goes around, comes around!

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My favourite act of kindness was buying a live Crayfish from a restaurant. Then releasing him back into the ocean. My wife wasn't so happy about it. She then purchased "pinchy's" brother and ate him. 

Another recent one was when leaving the local shops we noticed a women trying to calm her little toddler down. He had blood all over his face. She had slammed the boot lid on the kids head (he dived back in trying to grab a chocolate bar). He needed stitches but didn't need an ambulance. I drove her car so she could comfort him in the back seat. My wife then followed in our car. Got them to the doctors and then left. 

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5 years ago when travelling up in the Kimberley on our way to the Kimberley muster up in Kununurra we came across a stranded couple who had blown two tyres on their troopy and the spares were buggered also, we were about 250 km from anywhere and it was late in the arvo, we loaded up the wife in our ute, left the husband with the car and my sat phone and plenty of water and drove to the next place, sourced two tyres and drove all the way back, got them sorted and ended up camping the night on the side of the road with them, made it to Kununurra two days later and bumped into them again, the shouted us dinner and copious amounts of emu export, turns out he is a millionaire business man from Perth.  Was nice to help them out when they really were in the shit.

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I used to spend a lot of my spare time volunteering as a St John Ambulance Attendant and a Community First Responder, I now just do St John when I get the chance when back home (finish line of London Marathon on Sunday :D ) but I really miss it most of the time. It's amazing the difference you can make by just being nice when people are having a s**t time which is usually the case when they've called 999! 

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Recently i let a driver merge into my lane. Although i did not receive a 'thank you' wave, i was over it by the time i had arrived at my destination. 

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56 minutes ago, Prince said:

Recently i let a driver merge into my lane. Although i did not receive a 'thank you' wave, i was over it by the time i had arrived at my destination. 

So does this mean that an act of kindness is only done in anticipation of a reward? If so then aren't we only really doing the act, not to be kind to others, but really only to benefit ourselves?  To make ourselves feel good? Sorry to get a bit Albert Camus on you but maybe people need to reassess their motivation for RAK - maybe we are just gluttons for praise and recognition?

Surely not... not triathletes?!  :lol:

 

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Overwhelmingly people are generous, giving and kind. Its just that this stuff is not the stuff that is focussed on. 

Type on facebook that you saw a cyclist doing the right thing and it will disappear without a mention. Type that the lycra clad wankers were riding 3 wide on our roads without paying rego and the post will get thousands of likes and comments. 

There have been numerous examples of generosity just in the Trannies community alone, people lending stuff, giving stuff, paying forward, help with travel and accommodation, raising money for some special causes etc.

It is out there it just gets lost in the noise, it shouldnt feel unusual it should feel normal, 

As Simon Townsend used to say "The World really is Wonderful" :lol:

 

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It is fantastic to do these things and makes the world a happy place. We had a 7 day pass for Disneyland but we only were in town 5 days. We gave the pass to a complete stranger so they could enjoy themselves free.

It doesn't have to be big, just with feeling. I remember lining up to buy some lottery tickets in the morning at Wynyard. The lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and gave me my Opal card that I dropped. I wouldn't have noticed it missing until the afternoon when I went home. So when I bought my lottery ticket, I also bought a $2 scratchie and gave it to her. She was chuffed.

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Not really generosity, but this made me feel good last weekend. Out for a short ride just close to home before parkrun, it was about 6.15am. Saw a little boy, maybe 5yrs old, walking on the footpath, backpack on, no one else around. I noticed he had Down Syndrome. Stopped and turned around straight away and jumped up on the footpath and caught up to him. Just said hello, he gave me a huge, beautiful smile. Asked him where mummy and daddy were or where's your house.....he was unable to talk. He kept walking along a bit, so i followed, just kept talking to him, asking where he was going. He turned around and motioned for me to follow him. We walked about 100m and arrived at a bus stop, he starts looking at the timetable. So i just played along with him, 'oh are you going for a bus ride?' He got quite excited when i said that. Whole time im thinking what do I do here, i didnt have my phone as i was only doing a few short loops close to home. So i waved down a car and some guy pulled over. Asked for a phone, told him what was happening. He happened to be a cop heading home from night duty. Little guy greeted him with a smile and big handshake, started walking along a bit further again. I turned around up the road and saw a man running along, phone to his ear. It was dad, a very relieved dad.

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1 hour ago, AA7 said:

Not really generosity, but this made me feel good last weekend. Out for a short ride just close to home before parkrun, it was about 6.15am. Saw a little boy, maybe 5yrs old, walking on the footpath, backpack on, no one else around. I noticed he had Down Syndrome. Stopped and turned around straight away and jumped up on the footpath and caught up to him. Just said hello, he gave me a huge, beautiful smile. Asked him where mummy and daddy were or where's your house.....he was unable to talk. He kept walking along a bit, so i followed, just kept talking to him, asking where he was going. He turned around and motioned for me to follow him. We walked about 100m and arrived at a bus stop, he starts looking at the timetable. So i just played along with him, 'oh are you going for a bus ride?' He got quite excited when i said that. Whole time im thinking what do I do here, i didnt have my phone as i was only doing a few short loops close to home. So i waved down a car and some guy pulled over. Asked for a phone, told him what was happening. He happened to be a cop heading home from night duty. Little guy greeted him with a smile and big handshake, started walking along a bit further again. I turned around up the road and saw a man running along, phone to his ear. It was dad, a very relieved dad.

Brilliant stuff.  Happy endings all round.  good work.  so many people these days would just have kept going past.

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2 hours ago, KieranR said:

so many people these days would just have kept going past.

I know exactly what you mean.

We were out driving on a back road heading toward some 4WD tracks a couple months ago on a rainy Sunday. A few farms in the area, but pretty isolated. We came around a corner, and this real scruffy bloke in jeans & no shirt kind-of waved us down. I slowed, thinking about stopping, but then caution got hold of me & I started moving on again. It was only after we passed him that I noticed a car upside down, still steaming, in the gully beside the road.

We pulled straight up & turns out the guy had lost it in the wet & flipped it on the corner. He used our phone to call the police & we hung around till they got there. I still can't believe he got out of that car with a bruise on his hip, and not even a single scratch. But I feel really bad that I nearly went straight past.

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I know exactly what you mean.

We were out driving on a back road heading toward some 4WD tracks a couple months ago on a rainy Sunday. A few farms in the area, but pretty isolated. We came around a corner, and this real scruffy bloke in jeans & no shirt kind-of waved us down. I slowed, thinking about stopping, but then caution got hold of me & I started moving on again. It was only after we passed him that I noticed a car upside down, still steaming, in the gully beside the road.

We pulled straight up & turns out the guy had lost it in the wet & flipped it on the corner. He used our phone to call the police & we hung around till they got there. I still can't believe he got out of that car with a bruise on his hip, and not even a single scratch. But I feel really bad that I nearly went straight past.

we were driving behind some backpackers and watched them roll their van and do the same at Dunalley in Tassie the day after Falls one year. We raced down the hill to an upside down van that had rolled at least twice and they climbed out without a scratch. 

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An enduring memory of my Father is a night we were driving near home and came across a drunk, distraught young woman behaving erratically and walking in the middle of a pretty busy road. Dad stopped and he and Mum talked to this girl who had been in a domestic and we drove her to her parents home and made sure she was safe. As a 10 year old kid with my brother and sister in the car I think back on what a wonderful example my parents set me. I wonder now how many people would stop and offer help in a similar situation.

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Years ago we had a young apprentice at work. Been with us for about 6 months, polite young guy who was always friendly.. My wife & I were leaving the city one night around 2am & found him almost passed out drunk in a multi-storey car park foyer. 

Spent 20min trying to get him into our car so we could drive him home & look after him. He got really violent kicking and trying to punch me.  We didn't want to leave him by himself so waited watching him. After about 30min his girlfriend came looking for him & promised to take care of him. 

Monday morning at work I had the "dude what the F, I was only trying to help you conversation with him" his response " I was at home watching TV" 

Then the he started to laugh. I was the weirdo bloke who his TWIN brother told him about. I had no idea he was a twin. He's brother was fighting back because he thought I was some weirdo trying to abduct him. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bored@work said:

Years ago we had a young apprentice at work. Been with us for about 6 months, polite young guy who was always friendly.. My wife & I were leaving the city one night around 2am & found him almost passed out drunk in a multi-storey car park foyer. 

Spent 20min trying to get him into our car so we could drive him home & look after him. He got really violent kicking and trying to punch me.  We didn't want to leave him by himself so waited watching him. After about 30min his girlfriend came looking for him & promised to take care of him. 

Monday morning at work I had the "dude what the F, I was only trying to help you conversation with him" his response " I was at home watching TV" 

Then the he started to laugh. I was the weirdo bloke who his TWIN brother told him about. I had no idea he was a twin. He's brother was fighting back because he thought I was some weirdo trying to abduct him. 

 

 

Bored@ you are, by the length of the straight, winning the inter webs this week with the office farting and  now this story. Keep it up. 

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On 18/04/2018 at 12:43 AM, roxii said:

Overwhelmingly people are generous, giving and kind. Its just that this stuff is not the stuff that is focussed on. 

Type on facebook that you saw a cyclist doing the right thing and it will disappear without a mention. Type that the lycra clad wankers were riding 3 wide on our roads without paying rego and the post will get thousands of likes and comments. 

There have been numerous examples of generosity just in the Trannies community alone, people lending stuff, giving stuff, paying forward, help with travel and accommodation, raising money for some special causes etc.

It is out there it just gets lost in the noise, it shouldnt feel unusual it should feel normal, 

As Simon Townsend used to say "The World really is Wonderful" :lol:

 

Have to echo this. I've sent stuff, had stuff sent to me on PIF. Had a very random act of kindness a few years ago from someone I'd never met on here. (have now).  Only ever had one slightly negative experience.  I think we look  after our own community through a shared connection of multi-sport, which is somewhat expected but just taking this thread as an example, people are overwhelmingly nice.

 

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At what point do you stop being generous and start telling people that you want help book in a session.  

I am constantly helping people in the gym especially when i see members putting themselves at risk.  The other trainer is always asking for advice with her clients issues.

Do you stop being the good guy and start being the businessman

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8 minutes ago, Fitness Buddy said:

At what point do you stop being generous and start telling people that you want help book in a session.  

I am constantly helping people in the gym especially when i see members putting themselves at risk.  The other trainer is always asking for advice with her clients issues.

Do you stop being the good guy and start being the businessman

Good question. 

I can't tell you the answer. But I often feel like I owe people money due to the niceness of them. 

I am always happy to help people out on my mail round. I am reaping the rewards now. Smiles and waves. Jars of jam and boxes of fruit from their gardens. Makes it a great place to be. 

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36 minutes ago, FFF1077 said:

But I often feel like I owe people money due to the niceness of them. 

I told you mate, $1/like on the socials.

I'll send you the bill later :)

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6 minutes ago, Tyno said:

I told you mate, $1/like on the socials.

I'll send you the bill later :)

Don't you worry all this staring at the clouds will pay off one day... LOL 

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I just spent the best day at one of my favourite events of the year, The London Marathon. I am privileged to be part of a specialist team in St John Ambulance in the UK called the Medical Response Team who are specially trained to work in crowds and high casualty environments. Like every year myself and 25 of my friends (this is in addition the other 1000 other volunteers) spent the day staffing the finish line and looking after people. We dealt with around 150 people on the finish line, provided life saving interventions if needed and transported them to the ITU treatment centres. Why? Because it's the most fun you can have with your trousers on (note, tri shorts are not trousers). Being there to cheer 38,000 people across a finish line and make a difference to those that need your help is an amazing privilege and incredibly fun. 

Volunteering is so good for the soul!

Monkie

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