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THE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS!
Posted On 09/05/2020 14:04:04 by yourchoice

I don't know about you, but I'm getting so tired of political rancor in all of our countries, and the information, varified or speculated, about the virus, the economy, the society, the rights of everyone, and whatever else the media thinks is important. Thank goodness there are spots on the internet where we can read and celebrate with people who think "outside of the box" and show kindness and empathy in unexpected ways. The sacrifice and service from the medical profession, the police and firefighters, the teachers, and the farmers, is beyond my comprehension, even during the fault-finding and bitterness that has crept in when we haven't been watching.

On a personal note, what can I do in a positive way, to express what is important to me, and still be an encourager, a helper, and a friend to those who 'cross my path'... in the neighborhood, in town, or on the Internet? I'm classed as 'old', even though I don't want to admit it, and some may think I'm almost as old as dirt! We have neighbors, but it's too far for me to walk to their house. Participating in a casual conversation when wearing masks is a challenge for those of us who have a hearing problem. We love to have guests in our home, but that has been curtailed, and a meal in a restaurant is not always possible. 

The one tool that I still have is my computer, and I am so thankful for that technology. I got my first computer in 1983, and the advancement in my lifetime as been phenominal. I can write letters and don't have to drive to the mailbox or lick a stamp. I can enjoy photos that I took more than 60 years ago which bring back a flood of memories. Even though reading is becoming more of a challenge, I still do what I can. Most of my reading is on my computer and not in printed books. I can enjoy some 'Armchair Travel' videos that take me to places in the world that I will never see in person. I've learned graphic design, word processing, and dictation transcribing, and I can still type with eight fingers and two thumbs. I love words... I talk a lot, I'm a Blogger, called 'Talking Fingers', and love to keep learning 'stuff'.

I have been learning photo restoration, and contribute in a group on 'the other' social network. It is a fun group who invite others to post vintage photos that have been damaged or faded over time, with the only request that 'please' and 'thank you' be expressed to each artist. The gratitude expressed is payment enough; we're not professionals, but are learners. There are occasions where the best effort is still criticized, with an attitude that they know everything, but it seems to us that the guidelines were never read, or they just want to be 'cranky'. No problem... there are many great people who will take their place.

I love to help wherever I can, and still enjoy being a Staff Helper here on NOTH. It is my joy to receive delightful messages from people who have learned something new that they can use here and wherever else they spend their computer time. There are times that I will even offer some help when I'm not asked, but for the most part, it can create an opportunity for a chat and a 'thank you'. Questions are always welcome, and if I don't have the answer, I will help to find someone who does have the answer. That's the kind of community that has been developed here on The Hill, and I will continue as long as I can to support the owners and promote this viral social network.

I'm still not bored!

Tags: Computer Repairs Learning Helping Courtesy



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09/07/2020 18:27:59


kiwibarb wrote:

Your random acts of kindness are so appreciated, I have been a recpient of them in the past and have been intending to ask for your help again, in the confidence that you have skills that I lack. ... You do a great job.

Your comment is very much appreciated, Barb... and don't hesitate to ask whenever... I'll help you find the answer as best I can. As you have experienced, some of my "skills" need to be relearned... but I keep trying.

Now, what I need, is to get my computer back from the repair shop. The "loaner" is appreciated but it is 'bear-bones'. I miss my online links and files... (and contact list... and even a couple of games!)

I think I've been spoiled!



09/07/2020 16:57:26

Your random acts of kindness are so appreciated, I have been a recpient of them in the past and have been intending to ask for your help again, in the confidence that you have skills that I lack. I'll send you an email any day soon. We need people like you, and we used to have them back in 2008 when NOTH was in its infancy, and so were many of the members. A few, like me, have never got past infancy in some respects. Knowing that you are needed and wanted is important for both the giver and the receiver. In my long life I have at times been both, but helping anyone with computers isn't my thing. These days I am mostly on the receiving end. You do a great job.



09/07/2020 12:58:18


nightfall wrote:

Beautiful post. I'm with you on all this stuff going on in the media. Tired of having politics shoved down my throat. It's nice to hear you talk about the good things. I didn't start working with computers until around 2000. I didn't get my own until around 2004. I'm still a novice at it but I really enjoy seeing the world through the screen and learning about people from all around the world.

Greg, thanks for your comment; it is always appreciated. I'm still trying to convince my hubby that he would enjoy learning more about his computer. There are some people who just don't want to learn new 'tricks'. He does two things very well... he knows how to read emails (has no clue how to send one), and if he needs to find even an authentic screw on a vintage telephone that he is refurbishing, (or a part needed on his vintage tractor), he will find it online. Yikes! That take a lot of time and a lot of patience. 



09/07/2020 04:50:19

Beautiful post. I'm with you on all this stuff going on in the media. Tired of having politics shoved down my throat. It's nice to hear you talk about the good things. I didn't start working with computers until around 2000. I didn't get my own until around 2004. I'm still a novice at it but I really enjoy seeing the world through the screen and learning about people from all around the world.



09/05/2020 22:08:46


momtocam wrote:

Truly blessed to call you FRIEND. My time here I so cherish..it's a wonderful escape from the craziness of the world..especially of the media hype that comes at us daily. Most days, our TV stays off. I have learned so much from members (friends) here..have come a long way in acquiring some skills in that I can now design layouts on my own. Long ago, this was impossible. We can all work together in helping each other. The cost of a smile even...is priceless. Thank you Mona for your steadfast encouragement. Hugs and Blessings -:) 

Thank you for your kind comment. I think there are many of us who have learned many things from TC and EB, and their helpful and careful computer information that they share in their newsletter, and through their business ethics. No wonder many of us keep hanging around, and enjoy meeting new 'cyber' friends.



09/05/2020 22:00:00


texasjane wrote:

Great blog!  When words are the only means of communication ... method is important.  I am so glad that we have this technology during this time.  My grandmother used to tell me that God provides everything you need to do his work.  He finances his own projects even if it means take a coin out of a fish.  He is the supplier, we are merely messengers.  You do excellent work.  Don't worry about the ones who want to strut sitting down.  Everyone stops to listen to the whisper and put their hands over their ears when the loud mouth is talking.  You are truly a very good helper.  I can attest to your kindness and accuracy.  Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Thanks so much for your kind comment... and I think we're on the 'same page'! I learned a new phrase from you... I never heard about "strut sitting down"... before. I love it!



09/05/2020 18:55:40

Truly blessed to call you FRIEND. My time here I so cherish..it's a wonderful escape from the craziness of the world..especially of the media hype that comes at us daily. Most days, our TV stays off. I have learned so much from members (friends) here..have come a long way in acquiring some skills in that I can now design layouts on my own. Long ago, this was impossible. We can all work together in helping each other. The cost of a smile even...is priceless. Thank you Mona for your steadfast encouragement. Hugs and Blessings -:)



09/05/2020 18:39:34

Great blog!  When words are the only means of communication ... method is important.  I am so glad that we have this technology during this time.  My grandmother used to tell me that God provides everything you need to do his work.  He finances his own projects even if it means take a coin out of a fish.  He is the supplier, we are merely messengers.  You do excellent work.  Don't worry about the ones who want to strut sitting down.  Everyone stops to listen to the whisper and put their hands over their ears when the loud mouth is talking.  You are truly a very good helper.  I can attest to your kindness and accuracy.  Thank you so much for sharing with us.





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