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Kindness Pays Off In The Long Run
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, July 22, 2002

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Many times, people are often accused of being rude, uncaring, and just generally big pains in the rear. All too often you hear of
people killing or hurting one another over stupid stuff, or of child molesters who kidnap and kill innocent little children (like 5-year-old Samantha Runyon in California, whose body was found two or three days after she was reported to have been missing). Or you hear of tales of road rage where people use their cars like weapons and cause terrible accidents that hurt or kill innocent people. Or you hear of parents just letting their kids run amuck and not doing a thing to stop their bad behavior or giving them everything they desire; or you hear of parents not taking care of their children or keeping a sharp, close eye on them; and as a result, a innocent child is found dead or found to be severely neglected (or worse).

Well, believe it or not, in light of everything that is going on in the world today (war, terrorism, poverty, starvation, deadly diseases that are killing hundreds of people, and high, ever skyrocketing medical costs, companies going belly up, a poor economy, etc.), there are some bright spots in today's world.

There are those people who are trying to make a difference in the lives of others. Like, for example, the little girl who donated her toys to the victims of September 11, or the little boy who has written several best-selling books of poetry despite having a rare, deadly form of muscular dystrophy that has left him dependent on a ventilator and a motorized wheelchair. Or those people who selflessly give their lives to protect others, meaning the nation's police and firefighter forces, or the heroic deeds of caring volunteers who give hot meals to needy senior citizens and spend time with them, or those volunteers who visit children's homes or hospitals, just to bring a smile to sick or unhappy children. Or even some celebrities like Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey, or Tom Cruise, who all went above and beyond the call of duty to help those families who were most affected by 9-11.

It is refreshing to know that there are caring, unaffected people in the world who want to do nothing more than to bring a little joy into the hearts of others who may be suffering, whether it be from sickness, poverty, homelessness, starvation, abuse, incredible loss, or just loneliness. My little brother, Johnny, is one of those unsung heroes, as he has raised over $1,000 for the families of those firefighters who died during the events of 9-11, trying to save the lives of others. He also gave away some of his used toys to the children of those who had died. Ronee' is another one of those unsung heroes, as she has donated her time and her talents to entertaining others during the memorials our city held to honor those lost during the terrorist attacks. She may not have raised money, but she sang her heart out, and people were moved when they heard her sing. People still continue to talk about Johnny and Ronee' even today.

Even now, nearly 10 1/2 months later, the ripple effect of kindness is still being felt. People are still being helped, people have a new appreciation (and admiration) for our nation's firefighters, police forces, paramedic and rescue teams, volunteers, and our military men and women, all, of whom, still continue to fight terrorism by going on with their lives and helping others in the long run. Most people are nicer towards one another, and more people are reaching out to help others.

If people can get past the age-old problem of prejudices and hate, this nation would be even greater than she already is, and they will find out that kindness has its rewards, and that they will be better because they took the time to help a person in need.
It doesn't matter whether a person is rich, poor, black, or white: everyone needs help from time to time, and if one person can make a difference, then that person will be eventually rewarded for their good deed.

Now how much simpler can that be????

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/22/2002
This is a wonderful write as usual, you certaintly are a talented author, keep writting, and may God Bless You in the words you share. In Christs Love Michelle

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