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The Gifts of Random Acts of Kindness

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The Gifts of Random Acts of Kindness

It had just started sprinkling. I was hurrying home in my car, anxious and stressed, having put off until the last minute writing a keynote speech I was to give the next day.

In my preoccupied state I barely registered the tiny woman walking along the shoulder of the busy coastal highway where I live. Carrying a baby in one arm and holding the hand of a small child in the other, she was not much bigger than the child walking next to her. Still at least a mile from town, neither she nor her children had any substantial clothing to protect them from the rain.

I knew I needed to stop and help her, but my mind said “this is not a good time, you absolutely need to get back and write this speech. Do it another time when you are less stressed. Surely someone else will come by and help her.”

Yet a quiet persistent voice said “this is what you must do. She is in a dangerous area with two small children and you are the one that needs to help her - now!

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at


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6:11PM PDT on May 28, 2013

like it, Thanks

11:41AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

thank you for sharing - this truly touched my soul in a good way. I work at a thrift store that also helps thousands of people with food, clothing, rent, utilities, etc. It is very humbling when a person comes in crying and we touch their heart by helping and they leave with a smile on their face and hope in their eyes.

7:26AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

love this

4:51AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


2:56PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

This is a very inspiring story, thank you.

3:05AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thank you.

9:06AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

I've read this before,also. It is a spirit lifter. perhaps an omen of someone in need crossing my path today

9:00AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

I've sometimes felt the flip side of that euphoric uplift from helping by sidestepping the chance to help. You really know when the needy person was intended to be helped by you when you duck out and then feel absolutely awful about it.

11:06AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

It's a blessing to be blessed!!

1:24AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Deeply moving share. Thank you Erica :-) X

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