There’s an online spot I like to drop in on from time to time. Hosted by the Toronto Star, the Acts of Kindness feature offers a forum where ordinary citizens can describe how strangers have helped them in a time of need.
I live in Toronto, a community of two and a half million people (five and a half if you count the ‘burbs). In such a crowded city, you’re constantly interacting with total strangers as a matter of course. It’s heartening to know that so many of these strangers would willingly go out of their way to lend a hand. Just read a few of the online stories and you’ll know what I’m talking about. These are acts of kindness with no expectation of reward or reciprocity.
So many stories have been posted over the past five years that the Toronto Star recently compiled the best ones into a book (Acts of Kindness: Inspirational Stories for Everyday Life, Dundurn Press, 2010). It gives our historical nickname “Toronto the Good” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?