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Compassion: 10 Amazing Stories by DailyGood Editors -- Shared by the Palm Springs Guru

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Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change your world. --Annie Lennox


10 Amazing Stories For World Kindness Day

--by DailyGood Editors, Nov 13, 2014

 






November
13th is World Kindness Day! In honor of this, we've compiled 10 diverse
and heart-warming pieces honoring extraordinary acts of kindness, love
and compassion by ordinary people. These stories include bus-drivers,
bakers, basketball players, canine heroes and much more...reminding us
of just how universal and essential the spirit of kindness is in our
world.
 Read on and be inspired to do an act of kindness of your own today.





1. The Angel of Queens:
Jorge Munoz is a school bus driver by day and an angel by night. Every
night for more than 5 years, he has gone home and cooked food for
hundreds of people on his old stove. He then goes to a street corner in
Queens, New York and feeds those that are hungry. He does this with his
own money because "it's the right thing to do".





2. The Business 9 Women Kept Secret for Three Decades:
"Somewhere in West Tennessee, not far from Graceland, nine women -- or
"The 9 Nanas," as they prefer to be called -- gather in the darkness of
night. At 4am they begin their daily routine -- a ritual that no one,
not even their husbands, knew about for 30 years. They have one mission
and one mission only: to create happiness. And it all begins with baked
goods."





3. 21 Ways to Celebrate Life: After
Nancy Rothstein's son, Josh, passed away unexpectedly, she was seeking a
way to offer a tribute for family and friends to honor his birthday.
With each passing birthday, she adds one more item to the list.On Josh's
21st birthday, true to her tradition, Nancy shared these 21 ways to
celebrate life -- and shine your light in our world.





4. J-Mac: Shot of a Lifetime: Jason
McElwain, an autistic high school basketball team member in Rochester,
New York, served as the team manager and spirit coach for several years.
On the final game of the season the compassionate coach let him put on a
uniform with the rest of the team. What happened next you have to see
to believe.





5. A Cab Ride I'll Never Forget:
"Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living.  One night I took a fare
at 2:30 AM, when I arrived to collect, the building was dark except for
a single light in a ground floor window." What followed was a
life-transforming experience that blurred the line between giver and
receiver.





6. An Ordinary Magical Life: "I
met Shelagh Gordon at her funeral. My sharpest impression of her that
day, as mourners in black pressed around me, was of her breathtaking
kindness. Shelagh was freshly-in-love thoughtful. If she noticed your
boots had holes, she'd press her new ones into your arms. When you
casually admired her coffeemaker, you'd wake up to one of your own." The
Star newspaper dedicated unprecedented coverage to this relatively
unknown 55-year-old woman's funeral ... this remarkable story explains
why.





7. Peace-Chain Reaction: April
23rd, a little after lunch. 1991. That was the moment Joe Murphy,
decided that he would make something for peace. The details weren't
clear to him at the time, but he knew that it would be something
symbolic of connection, a chain of sorts. He knew that he would create
small art pieces, and that he would give them away, and that he would do
this for the rest of his life. This idea evolved into the exquisite
Peace Chains: a continuing series of ceramic pendants in vivid hues,
each with the word "peace" etched into it in one of over 90 different
languages.





8. A 15-Year-Old Dog's Gift to A Grieving Man: "I have
the pleasure of meeting hundreds of incredible heroes, but this one
caught me off guard.  Your hair will stand on end as you read the story
of this man and this dog who picked one another up time and time
again...May we all one day have the chance to love this deeply…"





9. The Man Who Dined With His Mugger: In
this inspiring audio clip, Julio Diaz tells the story of how he offered
his coat to the man who stole his wallet, and of how the two ended up
having dinner and a life-changing conversation together. Diaz's
unassuming manner and steadfast compassion shine through his words
making this a story hard to forget.





10. Designing for Generosity: What
would the world look like if we designed for generosity? Instead of
assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, what if our
institutions and organizations catered to our deeper motivations? This
compelling TEDx talk explores this question and introduces the concept
of Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the
world.





Kindness comes in packages of all sorts, shapes and sizes! These ten
stories offer a small window into the infinite forms it takes in our
world. May each one of us find our own way of expressing it, today and
all days.






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This article first appeared on November
13, 2014 in support of World Kindness Day. The stories are excellent examples of compassion.




Palm Springs Guru is proud of the people of Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area and the entire Coachella Valley for their constant practice of compassion.



Look anywhere in the Untied States of America and you will see American compassion for our citizens and people throughout the world.



Thank you to our friends at Daily Good. Here is your link to the original article:



10 Amazing Stories For World Kindness Day, by DailyGood Editors

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