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MY MOM’ 'S LIFE PHILOSOPHY My mom had a life philosophy about paying it forward. She hosted a weekly radio show, and her signature signoff was, “Remember to commit a random act of kindness.” It’s something that has always stuck with me. as a student’s budget allowed — and we often had leftovers. We asked the restaurant to pack them up, and on our way home, we offered them to someone outside who was asking for money. Commit Random Acts of Kindness
An act of kindness could be as simple as seeing someone in the grocery store who is short a couple dollars for their bill and giving them the change to cover it. Or when you’re at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, let the cashier know that you’d like to pay for the coffee of the person behind you. It doesn’t even have to be a stranger; you could perform a random act of kindness for a friend or family member. To my mom, the important thing was looking for those opportunities to pay it forward. Now, when I’m driving with my son in the area where we live, we notice people standing on corners asking for money. We offer them granola bars, nuts, or whatever we happen to have in the car. Unfortunately, my son didn’t get to meet my mother, so I want to instill some of her values in him. Paying it forward is the best one I know. Speaking of Jacob, he was eager for baseball season to start. We offered him the opportunity to play a team sport this year, and baseball is the one he chose. Some of his friends played T-ball last year, and I think he decided it looks fun. He’s been waiting for the weather to warm up enough so he can go outside more and practice. He’s totally excited, and we can’t wait to watch him learn and play. We’re all looking forward to warmer weather, and I’m sure you are too! With Memorial Day and summer approaching, it’s a time when we enjoy more outdoor gatherings and barbecues. Inside this edition, we share a few tips for staying safe while you’re participating in these summer activities.
As a kid, I saw my mom carry out this philosophy around town when people asked for money. She’d tell them, “I don’t have money to give you, but if you want to come into Burger King (or whichever restaurant was closest) with me, I’ll buy your meal.” She taught everyone around her that you’re never too busy to spend an extra few seconds smiling and greeting someone. Everyone in society deserves respect and acknowledgement. My mom would say that if you see someone sweeping as you walk into a store, truly see them and say hello. It’s one of the things that’s stuck with me throughout my life — noticing opportunities for random acts of kindness.
When I got to college, I remembered my mom’s actions. I’d go out to dinner with my girlfriends every once in a while — as much
Enjoy, and have a wonderful May!
–Meliha Perez Halp ern
ME WITH MY WONDERFUL MOTHER
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