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    Ms Ambusher dberk's Avatar
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    What unselfish thing has someone done for you?

    This thread is to give written praise to people/pets/etc that have done something for you without getting anything in return. It seems to happen less and less. I hope your responses prove me wrong.

    It was a selfless act that generated this idea for a thread. I haven't had insurance, since I lost my job Feb 2004. I needed to see a specialist about a condition the details of which I won't bore you. They told me the office visit would cost $55. I could handle that, but was worried about the cost of any treatment needed. The doctor examined me and when he mentioned a procedure to correct the problem, I asked him how much it would cost, explaining that I didn't have any insurance. He moved me to another room and did the procedure. I thought it was just a more thorough exam at the time and worried about the cost, when I found out the truth.

    The doctor took my file out to his office people and told them to charge me for an office visit only and not for this treatment or any followups until I got insurance. He put a note in my file to that effect too. I couldn't stop the tears of gratitude from flowing especially when I was told that the first procedure costs $175 and followups $150. I never expected this and couldn't believe a doctor would be willing to do it.

    The procedure worked well the first time and I saw even more improvement after the follow up appt. No one there treats me like a free loader. I still can't believe it happened.

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    That's so wonderful, Dberk!

    The first person who comes to mind is my friend/ex-boss. I'll call her J. I got married four months ago, and she volunteered to be my "Wedding Coordinator." I swear, that women handled everything and went above and beyond the duties of "coordinator" - I don't know what I would have done without her. She was a complete saint, went shopping with me prior to the wedding, helped coordinate the event, met with the reception facility manager, handled all my table centerpieces (long story), decorated the church and reception site, took down decorations at the church and reception site, was in charge of rehearsal, told everyone when to walk down the aisle, sang at the wedding, got her mom to play the piano, lined up troubleshooters, and helped everyone to get through the buffet line (amongst other things). J volunteered to do all of this - every time I said I would find someone to handle something or try to do something myself, she said she would handle it so I would have less things to stress about. (My parents were no help at all so that's why she volunteered to step in). I was so overwhelmed by her generosity - and to top it off, she still got us a gift which was totally not necessary considering everything she did. I cannot thank her enough - I gave her several gifts and still thank her every time I see her. But I'll never be able to repay her for taking on that load.

    After experiencing someone else's act of unselfishness, it makes you want to do the same for others. Recently I orchestrated a weekend away for a friend of mine whose husband was home for a short stay from Afghanistan. They have a baby girl, and we watched her while they were gone. I found a place for them to stay, decorated the hotel room with flowers, candles, wine, chocolates, and other fun/romantic gifts. This was a complete surprise for my friend, and it felt so good to be able to plan this for them and help make it happen. I know it's not nearly as major as what J did for me, but it's a start. Hopefully I will have more opportunities to do things like this for others.

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    A good friend went with me every time I had to go to court for my divorce. She knew I was nervous and didn't like driving there alone. Unfortunately we drifted apart afterwards because she broke confidences and I couldn't trust her anymore, but I still appreciate her helping me through that rough time.

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    I think the person who has given up the most for me is my mother. Lord knows how many times money was just a bit tight that month, but I HAD to get a new pair of jeans. I love my mommy.
    Viva La Vie Boheme!

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    That's touching, dberk.

    A woman who was practically a stranger took care of my dog for two months, then put him on a plane to meet me in New York.
    The story's way too long to tell here, but his foster family fell through at the last moment and I thought I was going to have to take him to the pound.
    I was frantic and teary and freaking out when I met this woman. (It was on a Friday and I had to leave for New York on Saturday.) To this day I don't know why she did it, since I'm sure he was as difficult with her as he is with me. But she was definitely an angel.
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    A 17-year-old pregnant teen 'gave' our beautiful daughter to us at birth. Our baby is now a 17-year-old teen herself, and that unselfish act changed us from husband and wife into a family .
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    Far too many to count, and far too many to ever repay.

    Even here, on the fort, I've received more giggles, hugs and kisses, etc., than I ever deserved. Thanks to everyone.

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    Thanks everyone!

    It's great to see that people are willing to go out of their way for others. So many gestures are priceless. Do you remember the country song where a man changes a flat tire for a rich lady and won't take money for it. He just tells her to help someone else in need, if she gets the chance. Down the road she stops at a diner and sees through her pregnant waitress' smile to the very tired woman inside. She gives her a $100 tip and tells her to pass on the act of kindness, if she could. It turns out that the waitress is married to the guy who changed the tire.

    What goes around...comes around. What a world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dberk
    It's great to see that people are willing to go out of their way for others. So many gestures are priceless. Do you remember the country song where a man changes a flat tire for a rich lady and won't take money for it. He just tells her to help someone else in need, if she gets the chance. Down the road she stops at a diner and sees through her pregnant waitress' smile to the very tired woman inside. She gives her a $100 tip and tells her to pass on the act of kindness, if she could. It turns out that the waitress is married to the guy who changed the tire.

    What goes around...comes around. What a world!
    My daughter loves that song, even sitting me down one day, explaining the lyrics to me, and then we listened to every word together. It is very touching.
    Love The Bachelor? Catch the recap for this season's sacrificial lamb lucky guy here in Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6 and Episode 7.

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    The other day on my way to get my son from preschool, my van totally died. an older man, stopped and help me push my van to the side of the road. he gave me a ride to go get my son. i was a good 10 minutes away from his school. I don't know what i would have done if he wouldn't have helped me out...I was in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone.
    April is Autism awareness month!! I have 6 year old faternal twins with Autism. they are wonderful little guys. It's not misbehaving....it's a disablity.

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