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Express Your Greatness

Greatness comes in all shapes and sizes, and most true heroes are unsung. You don’t have to be a Martin Luther King Jr. to serve the world. As he noted, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Each of us has our own particular talent or ability. What is your greatness? Here is an inspiring story:

“I live in a low-income apartment complex. A lot of my neighbors are single mothers struggling to get by, and sometimes you can almost feel despair all around you. It is just so difficult to raise kids, work, and try to make something better of your life at the same time.

“But there is this one man who lives there who I swear must have been given to us by some higher power. He is both physically and mentally handicapped but has managed to take care of himself by working part-time at a fast-food place and collecting cans and bottles to recycle. He knows us all by name and greets us all when we leave each morning and return each evening. He’s always there to help out, although we are all really careful not to take advantage of him. He loves kids, and there isn’t a day when at least one of the kids from the complex can’t be spotted hanging around the playground with him, being pushed on the swing or playing in the sandbox. When you need to rush out to the store, he is always willing to keep an eye on the kids for a while. But mostly, he is just always there, always smiling, reminding us that we are more than all our problems.”

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Adapted from Practice Random Acts of Kindness, by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness (Conari Press, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Practice Random Acts of Kindness, by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness (Conari Press, 2007).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:42AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

thanks for posting

6:36PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012


1:22PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

What a wonderful person he is and you for recognizing it.
Some people just know that giving is receiving and it is a natural part of their being.

I once knew a man who when he was upset he would buy a little gift for a friend and visit them even unexpectedly. He brought a smile to our face and heart.

7:34AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

beautiful inspiration. Thank you

12:43AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:50AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012


Hope he continues to be well...

12:20PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012


8:26PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

thanks for sharing this :)

6:44PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

thanks :)

3:03AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

express yourself in every possible way...dont mind what others say...

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