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Be an Angel on Call

Updated on January 29, 2014

Be an Angel and Show some Human Kindness

 We live in troubled times. Economic conditions continue to be uncertain. Seldom is there anything uplifting or encouraging in the news these days. On any given day our politicians appear to have lost their minds, and as we watch them we are on the verge of losing any sense of peace or happiness. I, personally, don’t see any relief any time soon. So what can we do to get through this and come out on the other side still standing? We can help each other and most importantly we can show human kindness.

Angles and Blimps

I lived and worked in Akron, OH for more than 10 years--I still live there part-time. I met many wonderful people and have some great friends that I never want to lose contact with. Akron is really where the idea for this originated. During the time I was there the Goodyear Blimp was often visible in the sky. Whenever I’d see it I always thought about an episode of the TV series Ally McBeal which was popular during the late 1990 to about 2002. I’ve told this story many times and I think it is well worth repeating. I hope you think so as well.

The episode is titled “Angels and Blimps” and Haley Joel Osment portrayed a little boy, Eric Stall, who is dying from leukemia. Ally McBeal, played by Calista Flockhart, is an attorney and is asked by the boy and his mother to help him because he wants to sue God. The mother explains that their health insurance won’t cover the experimental treatment and their church can’t help either. During their many conversations Ally learns that he is angry with God. As Ally probe more into the why Eric wants to sue God he tells her that “I just want to tell him some stuff face to face. I thought that maybe if I sue Him, after I get to Heaven maybe he’ll come up to me and say “Hey, what’s up with that? And then I can ask him some questions”.

In one moment Eric sees a look that pass between Ally and his mom and he ask “there is no God, is there?” So in an attempt to help him back to his belief Ally relate a story about something that happened when she was a child and also questioned the existence of God. She told him that one day she saw something that she’d never seen before and she didn’t know what it was. It was a blimp and her mother told her that God had men to make the blimp to remind us that he is up there and always watching out for us.

Eric tells her that he’d never seen a blimp except on TV. With this, Ally replied that maybe God communicate with people in different ways and for different reasons. “God sent a blimp to me but maybe for you“, she told him, “he will allow the Red Sox to win the World Series this year just to remind you he really is there…watching“

Then this little boy who is struggling between life and death looks at Ally with the most amazing and loving expression on his little face and says “Or maybe he sent you

Acts of Kindness

Ally became Eric’s angel that day and you too can become an angel for someone who needs one. A few years back, the buzzword “random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” came on the scene. The idea was to do things that help someone out--family, friends, but especially someone you don’t know or don’t know well. These are things that can be done any time of the year and what better time to start than now. It is often the little things that we do for others that can bring the greatest joy to both them and us. Things like:

  • Begin “operation kindness”.
  • Let someone with fewer items than you go before you in the grocery store checkout line.
  • Say something nice to the check-out person.
  • Send a card to someone--just because.
  • Put a coin in an expired or almost expired meter.
  • Tip very well even if you think they don’t deserve it--they may be experiencing some personal crisis at that moment.
  • The next time you are seated in a restaurant serve the waiter or waitress some love and kindness
  • Say please and thank you.
  • Spend one whole day being extra considerate of others and see if you don’t feel better.
  • Ask the nurses at a nearby hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility to point out those that don’t have many visitors and stop in to say hello--all they may need is a little conversation.
  • Read to the sick children in a hospital ward.

And, here is one we can do at any time and to anyone.

  • Share a smile--a smile has the power to soothe, praise and lift the spirit or another. Smiling is also contagious. It connects us with one another. It’s a small miracle, a gift we give to others and to ourselves.

Closing Thought

There is a wonderful little saying that I love, my mother shared it with me many years ago and I try to live with this in mind. I share this with you now in hopes that you will pass it on. “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (By Stephan Grellet).

Be an angel on call and make someone’s day.

Love to all,

Nonna

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Doctor Bees, you are more kind than I deserve. Your words have really touched me today and I thank you more than you will ever know. Know that I am encouraged.

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      Doctor Bees World 5 years ago

      Aslanlight, I so agree with you. Dee Aka Nonna, you are a light in my dark world. Thank you for your eloquence. You should consider writing novels. I would buy one if you were the author. Awesome thoughts spoken in powerful ways. You are an A++ writer. Your grandkids are lucky indeed!

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you Dave. Your words of encouragement are wonderful and very, very much appreciated. Please stop by again.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Dee: kindness is the true expression of love. I love your mother is totally right, let it be now.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you aslanlight. Now, you have made me speechless and I thank you for the encouragement. You are my light for today---much, much appreciated.

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      aslanlight 7 years ago from England

      Oh, I'm virtually speechless and you've brought tears to my eyes! It's not that I haven't heard this before or that I don't think it myself, but that you say it so beautifully! Keep on sharing the light; the world needs you.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you so much 2uesday. I so much appreciate you stopping by leaving such a lovely comment. And yes, Nonna is the Italian word for Grandma. I hope you stop by again.

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      Voted up and beautiful, I like the kindness and attitude to life this page conveys. I think Nonna is the Italian for Grandma, maybe. Nice to read this, I found it through your comment in the forum.

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you vocalcoach for your very kind visit and your lovely comments. Happy New Year...may your year be filled with more blessings than you can count. I'm sending you a smile.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you for your beautiful hub. I love the "acts of kindness" list and will put it to good use. The lovely saying that your mother past on to you is one of my favorites - certainly thought provoking and timely. A superb article which is now in my favorites. Blessings to you!

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Thank you! Your comments are always so greatly appreciated. I remember once I was at a business lunch and I'd only put enough money in the meter for 2 hours (I think that was all it would take). I couldn't leave or stop the meeting so I just resinded myself to the fact I would have a ticket. To my surprise when I returned to my automobile there was about 20 minutes left. I knew someone had put money in. I was so thankful. Thanks for the link... I will definitely read the hub you suggest.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      I like your eye-catching title and I agree we should be earthly angels going about our daily lives ready to do the simple angel-like thing of showing a simple act of random kindness. It doesn't necessary cost anything, maybe some of your time and that's all. Giving some of your time (a part of your life) to someone is something very precious and people will appreciate these simple gestures and they really can make someone's day. We get more from the act of giving and it makes you feel good when you've helped someone else out or you've just displayed a sincere smile for others to see.

      Cheers for sharing these excellent and useful thoughts and God bless.

      P.S. You might like to read the relevant hub:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Simple-Acts-of-Kin

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