September 29, 2015 Issue

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9 Responses to “September 29, 2015 Issue”

  1. Tanya Parker Says:

    It is so true that doing something for someone else helps depression. Twenty plus years ago I was very down. I tried to figure out what to do with out going to a professional. I started helping an elderly aunt who had no children. She has kept me busy for many years and I have had no time for depression. Sadly she died at 98 a month ago. I will greatly miss her.

  2. Christine patch Says:

    Hi Glenn. I agree that doing something for someone else helps depression but it doesn’t always have to involve money. I work for a large insurance company and we had an agent that told one of the most wonderful stories one time. She had always went into the same food place and one day she walked in and said hi to people sitting at the tables and she walked by one person and had gotten so busy saying hi to people she knew that she didn’t say hi to this one person at a booth. As she was ringing up her purchase she realized that she didn’t say hi to that person and after paying she went back, stopped and said hi and talked to him for a few minutes. She left and as she left the gentleman came out and hugged her and thanked her. She was confused and asked him why and he stated that today was the day he was going to kill himself and just her stopping and saying hi and talking to to him, made him realize that people do care and that a stranger can mean something!

    After I heard this story, I started going further by telling strangers things I like about them. What a beautiful shirt you have on, what a gorgeous sweater………….. & so on. It makes such a difference. Have a beautiful day.

    Christine

  3. Kathy Says:

    Once in an airport I asked the server to put the charges for a table of military folks on my tab, but the server told me that I was 10th in line to pay their tab. How cool is that?

    A woman who goes to my hairdresser is married to a military man who is often deployed. I instructed the hairdresser to make her next visit free to her and to charge me for whatever she had done. Best $50 I spent in a while.

    Kathy

  4. Scott Says:

    It’s often said; “The best way to get out of ones self is to do something for someone else”. No truer words were ever spoken. I often do the same, buying a meal for those in uniform. I will also pay the meal for someone that “really looks like they could use a break”.

    When I do this, I try to skip out of the restaurant before the people know what is happening. I absolutely do not want them to know it’s me. That would ruin the experience for me, so I prefer to be anonymous. I truly get more out of it remaining unknown.

  5. BMW Says:

    Saying “thank you” for serving our country is something my dad never heard in his 26 years in the Air Force but he hears it now at age 82. After the events in Missouri last year, I witnessed strangers shaking the hands of some of our city policy officers and thanking them for their service as well. It kind of sums up the message of service to others. I loved this issue and will share.

  6. Terry McCann Says:

    I live in Oceanside, California and there are a lot of Vietnam Veterans sleeping rough on and around our beaches. One day I was walking along and this man came hobbling up to me – he could barely walk as he had something wrong with his feet – he asked for money to buy a cup of coffee. Now, I never carry money when out walking but instinctively put my hand in my jeans and brought out a $20 note which had been there for some time and gave it to him. He looked at the note and started to cry. I put my arms around him and gave him a hug and told him he would get better soon (No idea why I said that to him but thought it might give him some hope).
    Glenn, thank you for your kindness to our Veterans. Both my sons are Veterans and served tours in Iraq.

  7. Clint Evers Says:

    I really liked the story about the soldiers and depression, I thought it was great, thanks a lot!!!

  8. Martha K. Yeakel Says:

    Love this article. I often tell military personnel thank you for their service but this is going a step beyond and a wonderful idea.

  9. Casey S Says:

    Amazing story. I regularly pick up the tab at restaurants when I see uniformed service women and men as well as police officers. Like others have said, I ask to remain anonymous as that would ruin the affect. Most often, I feel a tad bit guilty because I get a little ‘zing’ inside when I do it and it almost seems to defeat the purpose. But I’ll keep doing it anyway and enjoy my own warm fuzzy.

    I had someone pay for my breakfast at Chik-Fil-A a couple of weeks ago. That was the best feeling ever. I then paid for the person behind me. The guy at the window said it had been going on for about an hour and he lost count of how many cars participated. I love this. It gives me hope for humanity and a little healing with all the bad things going on in the world.

    Pay it forward!

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