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Posted: Jan 2 2018, 07:49 AM
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Tough year inspires random acts of kindness
Exclusive, Kate Emery
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 4:30AM
Naomi with the random acts of kindness cards she has been distributing around Perth.Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian
Perth woman Naomi has never met the stranger she inspired to take a homeless man out for Christmas lunch.
Nor does she know the shop owner who helped a customer plant a rose in memory of his late wife, although she was also indirectly responsible for the kind act.
Naomi, who did not want her surname published, spent the last six weeks of last year anonymously distributing “Christmas kindness cards” encouraging people to do something nice for someone else.
The nature of the random act of kindness was up to the recipient but the cards, which Naomi left on car windscreens, in public toilets and tucked into supermarket magazines, had suggestions — pay for a stranger’s coffee, share a smile or let someone ahead of them in line.
The idea came to Naomi after a difficult year, which included her father’s ill health and complications relating to an unexpected hysterectomy that robbed her of the chance to be a mother.
“I love Christmas but I was feeling, not quite despondent with things, but I couldn’t sleep and one night I wondered what would happen if I did this thing,” she said. “I didn’t tell anyone — not my husband, not my mum.
“I just started dropping these cards.”
When dozens of emails started flowing in to an address on the cards, she was blown away.
My favourite one was simply, ‘I washed the car without Mum asking. She was stoked’,” Naomi said. “It’s been a very emotional Christmas.”
Other stories included a shop owner who bought a rose bush for a recently bereaved customer and helped him plant it in memory of his wife.
The elderly couple had come into the shop, hand in hand, to buy milk several times a week.
“Then last week, nothing, until about five days later he came in alone after his wife passed away,” the shop owner wrote. “He said he didn’t want to drink milk any more but that she would tell him to keep his calcium levels up. He cried.
“I shut the shop and I walked him to his little house. The next day I bought him a rose which we planted in his wife’s honour.”
One man told the story of taking a homeless man to lunch.
“Hands down best thing I’ve ever done,” he said.
Another called up a couple of mates who had recently lost people in their lives to tell them he was thinking of them.
“One thing led to another and suddenly we were at the pub,” he wrote.
“Reminiscing. Smiling. Laughing. Big guys crying. Thanks for showing me there is still hope outside my pretty much perfect life.”
The experience has inspired Naomi to continue her “kindness cards”.
She also recently started a blog, titled Be More Mimi, at bemoremimi.weebly.com and wants to start a support group for other young women struggling with infertility.
Too often our news is dominated by conflicts, tragedies, acts of violence and other criminal acts. A story such as this restores one's faith in human nature. Full credit to Naomi and all the good people she has inspired.
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." - Socrates
Posted: Jan 2 2018, 05:10 PM
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With the constant barrage of terrible news (even over the festive season) it is a pleasure to read this story Charles.
People like Naomi make such a big difference in our society.
Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.
~José Maria de Eça de Queiroz,
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. ~Martin L. Gross, A Call for Revolution, 1993
"Stupid people are like glow sticks: I wanna snap em and shake the shit outta them till the light comes on."