Tag Archives: random acts of kindness

The Shoes

BTLifesMoments1-300x76Sometimes a small, a very small, gesture on our part can be perceived as a gift of great proportion to the one receiving it. As this short and simple story shows, a moment in time and a gesture of concern and kindness can offer encouragement and hope, often when it is most needed.

 

………………………………………………….

The Scene:

Early 1900s

It’s a cold and blustery December day in New York City

 

coldA young boy was standing in front of a shoe store, barefooted, peering into the window. He was shivering with cold as a lady approached him from the street.

“Young man, what are looking at so intently in that store window?”

“I was just asking God for a pair of shoes,” the lad replied.

She smiled and reached for his hand. As she led him into the store, she asked the clerk for several pairs of socks for the boy. Then she requested a basin of water and a towel.

shoesThe lady took the boy to the back of the store, and, removing her gloves, knelt down and washed his feet, then dried them with the towel. She then put some new woolen socks on the boy’s feet and purchased for him a new pair of shoes.

As a finishing gesture, the lady tied up the remaining pairs of socks and handed the bundle to the youngster.

Gently touching him on the head, she exclaimed, “No doubt, my little fellow, you are more comfortable now.”

As she turned to leave the boy reached for her hand. As tears filled his eyes, he gazed into her face and asked a question that tugged on her heart:

“ARE YOU GOD’S WIFE?”

 

A Splash of Kindness (Guest: John Starley Allen)

BTRadioInt-300x75Like ripples in a pond, generous acts of kindness, compassion and encouragement have a way of nurturing and expanding the growth, character and achievement of the receiver. Gestures like these can be life-changing, as most folks have experienced at some point in their lives.

JAllenphotoActs of kindness extended to us have a way of remaining fixed in our thoughts and actions. Gratitude encourages us to pass them along, and the world is a bit better because of the exchange.

In his newest book, A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage and Character, John Starley Allen shares true stories about the impact of compassion, encouragement and kindness. Some come from his personal experiences while others involve people (some well-known) who built on kindness in accomplishing great things.

JAllenbookListen in as John and Dr. Sutton discuss how a junior high school coach named Pop Riley encouraged Jesse Owens, the malnourished son of a share cropper, all the way to four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Listen, also, as they share life-lifting turning points in their own lives, personally verifying the power and timeliness of support, kindness and encouragement.

It’s important that we teach our children to be receptive to and grateful for the kindness and help of others. And, of course, we should instruct them well in becoming a source of encouragement in their everyday lives.

In addition to A Splash of Kindness, John is also the author of the holiday novel, Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices. He’s also an accomplished songwriter, having received a gold record for a song he co-wrote with Motown’s Smokey Robinson. John has also performed at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe. (27:01)

www.johnstarleyallen.com

BONUS: Reflect along with John as he observes a relationship in this article written for The Changing Behavior Network: Incident at the Pharmacy.

TO LISTEN, use the player below or left-click the link. To access the file right-click and “Save Link as …” to save to your audio device), CLICK HERE FOR LINK


(START/STOP Audio)

The Shoes: A Story of Kindness and Giving

BTLifesMoments1-300x76This is not a story that directly relates to the spirit of the Christmas season; yet it does. A moment in time and a gesture of concern and kindness offer encouragement and hope, often when it is most needed.

 

………………………………………………….

The Scene:

Early 1900s

It’s a cold and blustery December day in New York City

 

coldA young boy was standing in front of a shoe store, barefooted, peering into the window. He was shivering with cold as a lady approached him from the street.

“Young man, what are looking at so intently in that store window?”

“I was just asking God for a pair of shoes,” the lad replied.

She smiled and reached for his hand. As she led him into the store, she asked the clerk for several pairs of socks for the boy. Then she requested a basin of water and a towel.

shoesThe lady took the boy to the back of the store, and, removing her gloves, knelt down and washed his feet, then dried them with the towel. She then put some new woolen socks on the boy’s feet and purchased for him a new pair of shoes.

As a finishing gesture, the lady tied up the remaining pairs of socks and handed the bundle to the youngster.

Gently touching him on the head, she exclaimed, “No doubt, my little fellow, you are more comfortable now.”

As she turned to leave the boy reached for her hand. As tears filled his eyes, he gazed into her face and asked a question that tugged on her heart:

“ARE YOU GOD’S WIFE?”