Where’s Arthur? – In Search of Kindness

–globetrotting "for good"

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

~ Leo Buscaglia

In the midst of worldwide self-quarantine, shutdowns, lockdowns, and fear-mongering headlines, how do we find hope and connection?

While people everywhere are practicing social distancing and staying inside because of the Coronavirus outbreak, we’re encouraged by increasing signs of a “kindness’ outbreak across the globe. Surfacing amidst the fear, isolation, and uncertainty are acts of community, support, and hope. People are coming together to sing on balconies in Italy, others are setting up groups to offer support to the elderly or vulnerable – like collecting groceries or calling them for a chat (see article below).

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We’ve heard stories of people having virtual movie nights and creating choreographed dances over video chat to share with the world. Every act of love, patience, and compassion, no matter how small can make a world of difference to so many.

Along Comes Arthur “Looking for Good”

    Arthur, Editor-at-Large

Isn’t it about time for some good news? Is kindness becoming contagious? We believe a kinder world is possible in good times and bad, and we believe that the time is now to challenge the gloom & doom headlines by using our virtual podium to showcase the power of compassion. And this is where Arthur, our long-time, unheralded member of Team 360° and “Editor-at-Large” comes in. Showing his true colors, he’s volunteered to travel the world amidst the chaos in search of random acts of kindness. Starting today, Arthur’s dispatches from the frontlines of humanity will be shared with you within our Comments section below.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

– Mark Twain

But Arthur Can’t Do It Alone

While his tireless efforts are commendable, Arthur needs your help. He’s asking you—our loyal global audience—to step up and share your stories of random acts of kindness witnessed, learned about, conjured up or participated in, no matter how small. There’s no shortage of reasons to be stressed and afraid nowadays, but equally, there are many glimmers of hope and positivity worth savoring and sharing. Won’t you now join Arthur as we work together to rediscover humanity at its very best?

PLEASE SHARE your kindness stories below as we join forces with Arthur to rise by lifting others ⤵︎

Dennis J. Pitocco
Dennis J. Pitoccohttps://www.bizcatalyst360.com/
Dennis is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of our award-winning life, culture, and biz new media digest, With an emphasis on action, our amazing writers empower people to transcend from knowing what to do to actually doing it. Today and every day, we simply deliver the very best insights, intelligence, and inspiration available anywhere, doing it our way by placing our writers and our audience at the forefront. It's magical. It's evergreen. And quite frankly, It's just good stuff. Period. Here's more About Us. He is also Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer of GoodWorks 360°, our affiliated global nonprofit social impact enterprise, dedicated to providing mission-critical pro bono services to good nonprofits worldwide. Connect with him on Linkedin to learn more about his background. Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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  1. Greetings from Texas everyone! While the Hometeam @360° may be on a digital sabbatical, there’s no stopping my global travel in search of kindness! And look what I came upon in Texas this past week: When graduating seniors and band students at a Texas high school found out their senior concert was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were heartbroken. So Plano Senior High School’s three band directors did what they knew best: They picked up their instruments, made their way to their seniors’ homes and gave them each a personal concert. Read more about it here – https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/18/us/plano-high-school-band-staff-tour-graduating-seniors-trnd/index.html

  2. Just when you thought I had disappeared, I’m back with more kindness discovered around the world! Kids stuck at home across the world are signing up at Julia Segal’s online platform, QuaranTunes, to learn to play musical instruments, explore music theory and even have voice coaching. Read more about Julia’s kindness here: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/04/26/bay-area-teenagers-fight-coronavirus-via-virtual-music-lessons-for-kids/

  3. Hey everybody. Did you see this wonderful act of kindness from over here in England? A 99-year-old British war veteran who has raised more than 20 million pounds ($25 million) for the health service by walking laps of his garden was praised by Queen Elizabeth’s grandson as an “absolute legend”. https://in.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-britain-veteran/absolute-legend-british-veteran-raises-25-million-by-walking-for-the-health-service-idINKBN22009E

  4. Heh Arthur. In your global search for kindness you should make a stop in the smallest country in Africa, The Gambia. When I lived there people would invite me for a meal. We often ate from a large common family bowl. The national dish of The Gambia is Benechin was often served. It is a one pot dish of rice, vegetables and sometimes a little fish or chicken. Even though they had so little they often would place whatever vegetables and or protein, nearest to my side of the bowl and would eat slowly until I had finished. I am forever grateful to so many Gambians.

    • Sorry for my tardy response, Chris. It’s been an exhausting and inspiring trip around the world so far, meeting so many wonderful people who know how much a dose of kindness can do to lift spirits. I haven’t made it to Africa yet, but thanks to you, I’ve now got Gambia on my list (although I’m searching for kindness, that Benechin stuff sure sounds like something I should also put on my list). Gotta get back on the road, but wanted to thank you for sharing with me.

  5. Hello, my friends! Been on the road for almost two weeks now and I am discovering so much kindness out here. But I could sure use your help – please share any good stuff you’ve seen or heard about in the midst of all the bad stuff. More coming from me soon!

    • Wow! (err… BOW!) … thanks for stopping by, Shelley. Great to meet you and can’t wait to meet River. Your kindness matters! Gotta get back on the road now, in search of more kindness wherever I can find it :-)

  6. As my worldwide search for acts of kindness continues, I came upon a wonderful article by Alison Rakotonirina this morning and would like to share some of her random acts of kindness ideas with you, along with a link to her Article: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-we-can-heal-the-world-with-random-acts-of-kindness/

    What can you do?

    Buy a meal for a homeless person.

    Buy the groceries for the person in line behind you.

    Send a delivery of donuts or a healthy snack to your local hospital or health care workers.

    Donate in the name of someone who like/love/admire and ask for the thank you note to be sent to them.

    Make a lasagna or other easy to bake/reheat dinner and leave it for a neighbor.

    Create a cookie, cake or soup recipe in a jar with instructions and deliver to your neighbors with kids (something that they need to cook — link to 30 recipe ideas).

    Send a random text message or email to someone that has touched you in the past — remind them of the kindness they once paid you and thank them!

    Offer to mow the lawn or do another outdoor chore for an elderly neighbor.

    Offer to run an errand for your neighborhood group — if you are making a run to the store or the farmers market — let your neighbors know.

    Hire an artist to paint a picture or draw an illustration and send it to a friend or family member that you cannot currently visit.

    Send an Easter, Passover, or Happy Spring Card!

    Buy a gas card or coffee shop card and give it to a neighbor or friend who works in essential services.

  7. Dennis there are so many stories I could relate, but one that stands out is my involment with the Missionarie of Charity, Mother Teresa’s order. Three years ago they turned their Mother House into a home for the dying of men. These were men who were dying on the streets wthout family. Alone. As a Lay Missionary of Charity those in our prayer group, and including Danny, once he came into my life would go to relieve the sisters at their afternoon prayer time, and take care of the men. They can only hold 5 beds so only 5 men who’s health was declining and eventually, they would die with dignity. Danny would speak his spanish as I would to them, as they were of hispanic culture. To look into the eyes of these dying souls when feeding them, or helping with hygiene, you saw the face of Jesus as Saint Teresa did in Calcutta. I will never forget this part of our acts of kindness, as I never put a label on what we did, only that we felt called to do so. As a result with all that is happening now in our world, so many may die alone, yet we are never alone because God is with us always.

  8. Dennis – Thank you for introducing us to Arthur. As I was reading everyone’s comments here
    what an incredible group of caring humans – the Hallmark card slogan “When you care enough to send the very best.” came to mind. It was adopted during another war, World War II. “The very best” we can give right now is ourselves. “Reach out and touch someone.”

  9. In Michigan we went into lockdown on my birthday. The best things happening from this crazy period is seeing families out walking on the trail and playing together in their own yards. Neighbors talk to each other over the sidewalk or across the street. They would normally be working, not getting to know each other. Amid the devastating circumstances, if you look for joy you will find it.

  10. My daughter and I share a home. She prefers to go out in the world fulfiling my tasks as well as hers especially now. We live in an area that had the first pandemic deaths, about twenty miles away, and as concerned as she is about her health, she is willing to do this. Her most recent adventure into the wilds included her finding my one and only almond butter brand. This excursion meant she had to go to four grocery stores. She did that for me. That is kindness personified, right here at home

  11. Dennis, what you and Bizcatalyst360 do is a long road paved with kindness, and a recent article I just posted on by Karma, what goes around, comes around, and the abundance of good that has come and will continue to come yours and Ali’s way will pave many roads.

  12. Thank you, Arthur, for bringing moments of joy and inspiration to us! Two things come to mind. 1) While working at our local food pantry yesterday, a couple stopped by to drop off cat food and litter. I could literally feel their feline love as I carried the goods into our storage room. 2) When I got home from my shift, there was a beautiful black envelope with silvery ink waiting for me. My friend Shelley had created a hand-made card to celebrate our special friendship. My heart was filled with the joy of true heart connection.

    • Wos, Vicki – what a difference those gestures can make, particularly in the middle of all the scary headlines out there. Thank you for sharing with me and with everyone else on this amazing adventure to discover humanity at its best!

  13. Recently I responded in short to one of your posts Dennis re: random acts of kindness. Here’s a reminder of my comment .

    I recently tripped over the feet of a rough sleeper. I genuinely didn’t see him or realise I’d tripped over feet, but something compelled me to turn back and see just what it was I’d tripped over? Once I realised what i’d done I was mortified….. because I’d kept on walking. So I went back and apologised for not realising he was there and asked if he was OK. He gave me a big smile and thanked me ……………….. for noticing him…….

    There’s more to the story and I wanted to share what I learned after that initial trip over his feet and my subsequent apology.

    So we got talking and I could see a couple of books among his belongings and asked about them. Turns out he’s an avid reader and well educated.

    A middle manager who’d fallen on hard times. He shared his story with me and how after losing his mother with whom he lived, he’d gone through a period of depression including some time off work. Eventually he was made redundant and with the lag time from the depression along with him having no experience of the benefit system, he didn’t make application for any financial assistance until his savings ran out and as a result he was evicted from his home due to non payment of rent.

    Initially he went into a hostel, but he didn’t have any addictions and he wasn’t a criminal as some of his bedfellows were so it wasn’t a good fit. Terrified in the hostel and surrounded by people he had nothing in common with, except being homeless, he left after the last of his possessions were stolen and he couldn’t sleep for fear of a physical attack.

    I asked if it was okay to ask him some questions and he agreed it was. I’d noticed a collection of coffee cups and items of packaged food next to his sleeping bag. I asked him about it and he said “people are kind they bring me food and hot drinks”. Are you not hungry was my next question. “Not right now and there’s only so much I can eat and drink so a lot of this will be wasted”…. was his reply.

    I asked him, Is there another way we could help you or is there a better way. I was really surprised by his response when he told me “nobody’s ever asked me that and yes there is a better way. Little and often that’s all I need and it would be really helpful if you asked me what I need”.

    So we asked him what do you need. “I need a hat or a scarf or a pair of gloves please”. So we got the set of three for him and he was delighted. Then he told us “people often drop things off for me that might otherwise go to a charity shop”. Does that help I said “No, as you can see i’m a small man so everything’s far too big especially shoes. I cant carry everything that people donate and I have nowhere to store it, so I try to take it to a charity shop where they give me books to read in return”

    He went on to explain how people bring him sweets and cakes but he doesn’t eat them. He has a stomach condition and stays away from sugar so he tries to give these items away too but nobody wants them from a homeless man, so they’re wasted.

    We see him every week and so far his small requests have included Elastoplast, lozenges to soothe his bronchitis, toothpaste, cleansing wipes, hairbrush and books. He’s never asked us for money and was delighted when we brought him a new pair of shoes and a coat in his correct size.

    I think its fair to say that when we want to help we assume food and drink will help and in many cases it does but it was indeed an eye opener to find out what this man needed as opposed to what we assumed he wanted and as he explained, its not a lack of gratitude on his part that the donated food isn’t eaten or that the drinks are left to go cold, but because there’s only so much one person can eat and drink.

    We haven’t seen him since Covid 19 hit. The first week he wasn’t in his usual spot and by the second week we were on lock down and haven’t been allowed back into the city centre. We don’t know if hes okay but we do know that he’s vulnerable not only as a homeless man but with a couple of medical conditions that we know of, one of those being bronchitis.

    I hope he’s being housed somewhere safe, time will tell. In the meantime the next time you do come across a homeless person, please speak to them, ask them what they need and don’t assume that what they need is what you’d like them to have. As Steve said little and often is all he needs and sometimes a smile is enough!

    • What an amazing story, Dee – thank you for helping me with my search for random acts of kindness. Your question to him and his response says so much about how we can best help many people, by just asking them what they really need. Thanks for rising by lifting others – and please keep your stories coming…

  14. Just me checking in with more wonderful acts of kindness discovered! People are now stepping up across the USA to leave “care packages” for delivery drivers and postal carriers. A FedEx Express Courier in Arizona brought a delivery to someone’s front porch, only to discover a fully stocked box with toilet paper, water, and canned goods, with a note attached “thank you for being committed to the human race during our time of need because we’re depending on you. Please take anything you need from our box.” By the way, the courier didn’t need anything, so didn’t take anything. Simply amazing :-)

  15. One of the most powerful acts of kindness I’ve experienced is having a person unexpectedly reach out to check on me. My friend from LinkedIn, an illustrator named Mark Armstrong, sent me a message the other day simply wanting to confirm that I was okay, thinking beyond what he’s seeing in my posts on LinkedIn. It was such a small thing, but so meaningful.

  16. Hey Everybody! I discovered this inspiring video during my travels today and sent it back to @Team 360° to share it with you all. It’s amazing the ripple-effect of kind acts in good times and bad — the way in which receiving an unexpected moment of generosity from a stranger can cause us to become more aware of the needs of those around us and to take action to become a vector of goodness. … https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/paying-it-forward-time-for-the-kindness-boomerang/

  17. Always a pleasure to help Arthur with random acts of kindness. An idea that seems to be catching on is communicating by posting objects on doors or windows for passersby. My sister-in-Law posted a comment in tears as she discovered a painted rock someone left by her mailbox with the comment, ‘You are like sunshine.” Then, she discovered her whole block was adorned with painted rocks with messages of encouragement like, “You Matter,” and “Courage.” Arthur would have been so pleased.

  18. And then I learned of yet another extraordinary act of kindness in the midst of all the chaos, this time on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Spain: Police in Mallorca were seen playing guitar and singing to entertain families as they remain in a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. One resident of the town of Algaida, Heidi Friedenberger, filmed the officers emerging from their car, singing a song and then leaving again, as neighbors watched on: https://youtu.be/mEpkUawiLKA

  19. Barely was my search for kindness underway when I came upon an inspiring story in Minneapolis, Minnesota: “A state trooper pulled over a doctor for speeding on an east-central Minnesota interstate, told her she should know better and sent her on her way grateful for receiving only a warning and not a ticket. The doctor had just wrapped up her work when she was pulled her over for going 85 mph in a 70 mph zone. The trooper also gave her a fistful of coveted N95 medical masks that were issued for his protection from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.” Hat’s off to the kindness of the Trooper who had a choice to make and chose compassion. … Here’s the entire story: https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-trooper-s-roadside-gesture-during-traffic-stop-brings-doctor-to-tears/569200342/

  20. I delivered a complimentary copy of my book, Live Inspired to my dear friend, Ruby, as a surprise. I wore gloves, placed it on her doorstep, knocked on the door, then stepped far from her front door (physical distance). She’s 72 years old and has physical body challenges right now (not the virus). She was so happy!! We could see each other faces. I could feel her energy of joy and hear her words of appreciation and love. I’m so excited to be able to send out complimentary copies of my book to several people in my life who mean a great deal to me. I’m grateful for this exceptional opportunity during such difficult times for many people on our planet.

    Love always finds a way to love. May love rise up strong with compassion, resilience, and kindness. What we focus on expands. The choice to focus on love and appreciation reaps much soul fulfillment. May this be the great awakening to the valuable human attributes of compassion, kindness, tenderness, love, and joy. We came here to love one another and care for one another and create beauty and magic. There’s nothing that compares to pure imagination! May our inner worlds become rich with expansive peace and unshakeable trust and strength.

    • Just sending you good wishes from afar, Laura. Been on the road in my “search for kindness” for two days now, and what an amazing adventure it is already becoming, with acts of kindness in every corner. When I get lonely, my spirits are always lifted knowing that wonderful people like you are with me every step of the way. Thank you!

  21. Yes kindness is growing! In me, too. By phone, connecting with friends and family. After walking 3 miles I ran into someone struggling to carry too much . . . and gave him a cloth reusable bag. Just tiny things, yet kindnesses matter.

  22. Thanks for another excellent read, Dennis. Although a national crisis can bring out the worst in some people, it can likewise bring out the best in others — and we need more of the latter and less of the former. I don’t know if this counts as a “kindness story” per say, but I’ve given out hand sanitizer to the concierge in my apartment building. Moreover, my wife and I order delivery from local restaurants on weekends to help keep them afloat, as well as providing an extra generous gratuity to the delivery people (who are always grateful).

  23. Thank you for this, Dennis! I have witnessed and been the recipient blessed of many acts of kindness. Just an hour ago, I received the loveliest message from a beautiful client telling me I helped her have a good day. How much better can that be?💖

  24. Thank you Dennis,
    Nice to meet you Arthur!
    I have to say this is a wonderful approach. Sometimes it takes a character as an individual to reach beyond that of a well groomed profile pic.
    There’s just something more trusting with an animal or something fictional.. so we feel it is more confidential and safe. To reach a heart is most honourable, to be trusted by one is mist remarkable, to break one is just not favourable at all.
    We protect it more and more with each adversity. By leaping into the hearts across the pages we have a way as writers to show our vulnerabilities first and let them know it’s ok to step in.
    Thank you for this!
    I can only say that I’ve been continuously writing and sharing everyday… I can barely keep up… but that ok. I get there when I can. The responses are overwhelming and just add to the love so needed. What I myself had protected…once given to others… became the purpose for my life. The dignity in humanity… this alone i call home.
    Everyone here has been a tremendous support. I thank you all from my open heart!
    We will prevail…that’s what love does. Love is to feel… that is the only real that is now. 🙏❤️

  25. Love this, Dennis. I hope Arthur spots more kindness than he can possibly report…and that would be amazing. And that Arthur’s reporting sparks waves and ripples of positivity and kindness that circle the world and inspire hope, compassion, and kindness.

    Just last night, I watched the YouTube show that John Krasinski has launched the Good News Channel with superior graphics created by his daughters.

    https://hypebeast.com/2020/3/john-krasinski-good-news-youtube-channel-steve-carrell-info

  26. Great idea Dennis. Most of my stories about kindness are when I was still working. I worked a lot within the community
    doing giving back seminars and worked with many animal rescues to get dogs adopted. In the twelve years I worked with Orvis we adopted out over 400 dogs and cats,

  27. I LOVE this so much, Dennis! My Neuro Nugget this week is focused on this very concept: Look for the good stuff. It’s out there! Not only do we spread better emotions to those around us, it’s a great way to keep the good chemicals flowing in our own heads!

    • One phone call.
      One act of true listening.
      One meal.
      One act of appreciation.
      One gift of kindness.
      One person saying I see you, I hear you, I feel you.
      One person can make a massive difference – even if only to one other person. …

      We have the power within us to make such a big difference with such little effort… Thank you, my friend (and Arthur thanks you as well, from wherever he’s landed)…

    • Boy could I use some of those “good chemicals” flowing right now, Melissa – this global travel is exhausting. My spirits and my energy level are already lifted by the “good deeds” I’m beginning to discover. Thanks for following my adventure!

  28. Great idea Dennis. Sharing our own personal stories can empower others and inspire for a way of being that includes kindness, compassion and love. For us, we started the KNOB TV channel on ROKU and it has been a great experience so far. People are grateful for the opportunity to have a platform to share their passions, visions and dreams. New content comes in daily and we get many thank you’s and appreciation for what we are doing. Makes us feel good about the contribution we are making towards a kinder and better world of the future.

  29. Thank you for this, Dennis! We need to draw out every bit of goodness we can and inviting people to share their kindness experiences is a wonderful way to do it. I’ve been getting messages from across my life of people who are reaching out, sometimes for the first time in YEARS, to say they care.

    • Hi Kimberly – after two days of non-stop travel, I’m finally taking a break for a snack (e.g. just a couple of low-fat dog biscuits and a skinny cappuccino) to reach out to thoughtful people like you who understand the power of goodness. I’ve learned that just taking a moment to tell someone, “You Matter” can lift their spirits so much. Keep doing what you’re doing, and thanks for coming along on my journey to discover kindness around the world!

  30. Can’t say I personally have any special stories Arthur, but I’ve tried to do my part by following instructions and checking on older folks. It’s time to spread cheer and positivity, the news corporations can keep all their doom, gloom and negativity. Keep fighting the good fight my friend… 🙏

  31. Love this, Dennis!

    Growing up with a dad who gave unselfishly to others — though I had no idea of the extent of that until his funeral, when so many came to pay their respects AND tell us of his kindness to them — I have tried to live a life that feels real to me by following his ideas of giving.

    I love the encouragement you’re giving and the examples you’re setting, Dennis!

  32. Thank you for making so much of your life a kindness and service to others. Bizcatalyst360 reaches thousands every year with trends, truth, and training in everything from financials to marketing to reading to servant leadership and it is always with a twist of generosity and kindness.

      • This reminds me of you and Arthur.

        Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. —John Wesley
        “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
        John Wesley THEOLOGIAN

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