Simple Acts of Kindness

Updated on April 19, 2019
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Lora has been a featured writer in poetry publications. She is currently working on a collection of poems that inspire a love of nature.

Every Little Deed

For every little seed

carried by the wind

or bird on wing...

a new plant may spring.


Each little drop of water

from clouds descend,

flow into great rivers

where so much life depends.


Every little ray of sunshine

helps plants to grow strong

and with a little care

may bring fruit to bear...


Like each part in nature

so are we-

in doing a kind deed,

helping a living being in need;


As a kind word

or an action

to timely send...

can a broken heart mend.


Important is my life you see...

it is not such a small thing

to make a heart sing,

and to alter a destiny.


Great changes can be wrought

from little deeds brought;

humble creatures together change

the landscape of earth-

each act has worth.


Every note plays its part

to create the loveliest song...

so does nature intricately woven

in the fabric of this earth to which we belong.


As gentle showers

bring forth abundant flowers,

kind deeds can reign...

creating near a heaven's domain.

-Lora Hollings

"True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others." - Alek Wek

Simple Acts of Kindness

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King

Eugene man helping homeless people with free haircuts

After four drug overdoses and serving time behind bars, Lucas has found purpose in barbering. He’s now giving free haircuts to homeless people. He hopes that his haircuts will give the homeless, the self-esteem that they need to change their own lives. “Hopefully, it will give them the will to get a job or something,” he said.

Ashlee Wiese, a local defense attorney who has represented Lucas, said she has seen such a transformation first-hand.

“We had a woman who got her haircut, and it was a whole new life for her at that moment,” she said. “She just felt so much better about who she was just because someone cared enough to help her feel better about the way she looked.”


D.C. restaurant feeds the poor and homeless every single day

After Kazi Mannan, owner of Sakina Halal Grill opened his restaurant in 2013, he decided homeless people eat for free.

"If someone says I need a free meal, OK," Mannan said. He doesn't ask questions and never judges anyone. His policy has remained the same for the last five years. If you're hungry, poor or homeless, you eat for free. In 2018, he estimates they served over 16,000 free meals."

An immigrant from a small village in Pakistan, when he arrived to the United States, he had less than $5 in his pocket. "Once upon a time, I was in a similar situation where I didn't have enough money to eat. You pass by a restaurant but never able to go in. When you don't have money, nobody is going to let you in," he said.

Mannan is a person whose kind heart and positive energy vibrates throughout his restaurant. "I don't want any donation but if you're coming in to eat, that's your support of helping a community restaurant that is offering kindness and love others," Mannan said. "I'm trying to worship our Creator through food."



References

  1. Christian Hill, "Eugene man helping homeless people with free haircuts,” AP, AP NEWS, 2018, https://www.apnews.com/27fea8cabf474a30b6afe9ded05b638c, (accessed 19 April 2019).
  2. Caroline Patrickis, D.C. restaurant feeds the poor and homeless every single day WJLA, ABC7, 2019, https://wjla.com/news/local/dc-restaurant-feeds-the-poor and-homeless-every-single-day, (accessed 19 April 2019).





Students helping each other
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      • aesta1 profile image

        Mary Norton 

        13 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        What a beautiful poem to capture something we need to do more of. The story about Mannan, the restaurant owner from Pakistan, touched me so much. It's an act of kindness I will always admire.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        4 months ago

        Tim, thanks so much for your generous comment which shows such insight in how we need to encourage more kindness and empathy in our world. For most of us, it is true that we learn by example. Parents, teachers and significant others in a child’s life play a key role in helping children cultivate compassion and kindness toward others. I hope that we see more kindness and consideration for others rather than less- for the good of all! Our world cannot function well without compassion and respect for the lives of others. I’m happy that you liked my poem. With much admiration and respect, have a wonderful evening!

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        4 months ago

        Lorna, thank you for your lovely and insightful comment. I’m complimented that you found my poem meaningful and enjoyed the video “Acts of Kindness” of people demonstrating kindness and how powerful these deeds can be. They can help change a person’s perception of the world from a negative one to a more positive one and help a person acquire a sense of self-worth which is so vital for all of us to be able to function well in our society. Your dad was so right. Helping others not only gives them a sense of greater worth but it also makes us feel better about our lives too. "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

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        Tim Truzy 

        4 months ago from U.S.A.

        This is a great article, Lora, and congratulations on reaching ten Hubs. The poem reminds me of a spiritual truth: Kindness is the lodestone of the hearts of men. Humans are creatures of behavior, and kindness can be taught and then imitated. We have to see examples of what kindness looks like in order to replicate it; that's a fact. Kindness can work from the other direction, of course. I'm thinking of the prophets and saints who have an innate ability for kindness), but that's not the case for most of us. Kindness attracts kindness.

        I loved these lines, Lora:

        "the landscape of earth-

        each act has worth."

        Thanks so much for a wonderful poem and the stories in your article.

        Deepest admiration,

        Tim

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        4 months ago

        Thank you for visiting Pamela and your gracious comment. I love this quote and I think it is a good one to live by: "I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. - William Penn

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        Lora Hollings 

        4 months ago

        Thanks Flourish. Yes, kind deeds have a ripple effect. We can all create a more loving world if we do good and show our gratitude for the kindness of others by paying it forward. Have a lovely Sunday.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        4 months ago

        Thanks much for stopping by and for your generous comment, John. I’m happy to hear that you found my poem inspiring and that it conveyed an important message. I’m glad that you enjoyed the examples of generosity too. Have a great Sunday.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 months ago from Sunny Florida

        At first when I started reading your lovely poem I thought of Spring, then the acts of kindness spelled out your whole message. It is always wonderful to hear of stories of people helping others.

        Being homeless must be awful, and what a blessing those 2 people are to others. This seems to be a very timely article for Easter weekend Lora. I loved it!

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        Lorna Lamon 

        4 months ago

        Such a meaningful poem and timeless message Lora - I also enjoyed the wonderful "Acts of Kindness" which we should all practice. My Dad always said that if you help someone along the way then your life will be so much richer. Thank you for sharing.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        This poem was a lovely example of paying it forward, as were the specific examples. I hope people take it to heart and continue the good will.

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        John Hansen 

        4 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Lora, this was a lovely inspirational poem with a very important message. We need to plant the seeds of kindness by helping others where we can. I also loved the examples of generosity you included (Lucas and Kazi).

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