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Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

A Christmas Feast of Compassion

On a crisp Christmas evening, my dad treated me to one of his favorite restaurants in the heart of the city. The warmth inside contrasted with the chilly air outside, and the tantalizing aromas of delicious dishes filled the air. We indulged in a substantial feast, savoring each bite of the flavorful food.
As the night unfolded, my dad, ever the embodiment of generosity, ordered more than he could consume. A considerable amount of untouched food remained on his plate, a reminder of the abundance surrounding us. The spirit of Christmas seemed to beckon us towards a different kind of celebration—one that extended beyond the cozy confines of the restaurant.
On our way home, my dad took an unfamiliar route, weaving through the city streets. I observed curiously as he pulled over near a quiet alley, his eyes glinting with a secret purpose. With a mysterious grin, he said, “I’ll be right back,” and swiftly exited the car, carrying the leftover feast in his hands.
As I waited, the air was filled with anticipation and curiosity. Moments later, my dad returned, now empty-handed, and a sense of wonder filled the car. Unable to contain my curiosity, I asked, “What did you do back there?”
A warm smile played on his lips as he shared a quiet truth that spoke volumes about his character. “There’s a homeless veteran back there who I’ve been giving leftovers to for the last year or so,” he revealed. In that alley, where shadows concealed untold stories, my dad had been silently extending a hand of kindness, one meal at a time.
The revelation painted a portrait of compassion that transcended the ordinary boundaries of our festive celebrations. While the city twinkled with holiday lights, my dad had illuminated a corner often forgotten—a small act of generosity that made a significant impact on the life of someone in need.
In that car ride home, a new warmth filled the space between us. The true spirit of Christmas had unfolded in a quiet alley, where a humble feast became a symbol of kindness, proving that the joy of the season resides not just in lavish celebrations but in the simple, heartfelt gestures that touch the lives of others.
~ Kath Emerson

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Kindness Quote

“The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you.”

John E. Southard

Act of Kindness

Send a letter of appreciation to someone who has made your life memorable and meaningful. Knowing that we are appreciated propels us to give forward even greater. What better time to show gratitude than on this special day.

Positive Affirmation

I trust the journey, even when I do not understand it.

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