Kindness, generosity, and helping others selflessly are human virtues. Some of you have commented on my previous posts about the examples of kindness from strangers I have witnessed in people. Here is another example.
A helpful stranger named Marcel Dinkins who is a well-respected fitness training expert saw my kettlebell swings videos on Instagram, and read that I appreciate feedback.
She sent me a custom-made and detailed video message with her expert, relevant, and excellent feedback on several improvements I can make.
She didn’t ask for anything in return and wouldn’t accept even when I wanted to send a gift card as my sincere appreciation. I am deeply touched and feel honored that an expert like her took the time and effort to send me such useful feedback in a video message.
People like her make the world better for everyone.
If you are interested in fitness, I suggest you follow her on Instagram @officialmarcelfit.
I am now working on incorporating her superb feedback in my kettlebell swing technique.
On her advice, I recorded this video from a sideways angle so I can better notice areas for improvement in this particular exercise. On watching this video in light of her feedback, I find I have even more improvements to make ahead. This 24 kilogram (53 pound) Bulldog theme kettlebell is made by Iron Skull Fitness.
Last night in New York City I was walking home, getting soaked in the pouring rain. Along the way I noticed other people’s umbrellas wishing I had brought mine. As the cold water drenched my hair and neck, I hoped I wouldn’t fall sick. Then the unexpected happened.
Noticing my plight, a stranger about to enter an apartment building turned to me and asked, “Why don’t you take my umbrella? I’ve reached my building, so I don’t need it anymore.”
As I continued my journey home touched by the Good Samaritan’s kindness, I realized this nice big blue umbrella would remind me of three things:
Charitable actions, big and small, make others smile and the world a better place.
It happened to me yet again! Another taxi driver refused to take money from me. I don’t fully understand why, but it happens to me every couple of months. Over the past several years, taxi drivers in San Jose, California; Chicago; Philadelphia; New York City and other cities have insisted to me that the ride was complimentary. Sometimes I’ve succeeded in persuading them to accept my payment. Sometimes, I’ve just had to drop the money in the seat next to them since they wouldn’t take it. A few times, like today, I just could not convince them to take the money.
This has happened to me with taxi drivers of different ethnicities and cultures. Often, this kindness has been shown to me by people from Pakistan, which is interesting considering that I am an American of Indian origin and I have a Hindu name. (I classify myself as spiritual and open to all religions.)
I tend to strike up conversations with strangers. Earlier today, on the New York subway, I saw the person next to me had a Nikon D3 camera and started a conversation about it and soon another DSLR camera owner sitting in front of us joined in the conversation.
Today I took a taxi in Manhattan. Hearing the driver’s accent and reading his name in the taxi, I asked if he spoke the Urdu language. He did and we talked about the sport of cricket, about the economy, about the recent elections and about India and Pakistan. When the ride ended, he said he was happy to give me a ride and didn’t want payment. I insisted on paying, but the gentleman was adamant that it was ok. He didn’t want me to pay. I tried to compromise, requested that he at least accept $5, but he wouldn’t even take that. He said to me that he would be driving around anyway and he was happy to give me a ride. Since he was so adamant despite my insistence to pay, I didn’t want to be rude so I politely thanked him for the ride.
The kindness shown by people is what I love. It is not about the money. I’d much rather they accept my payment. While I felt disappointed he didn’t accept payment, his gesture made my day, especially considering that his business is not doing well in the current economic situation in NYC.
I’m touched yet again by the kindness of strangers. Goodness is contagious. Spread it around.