John Rockefeller gave away kindness one nickel at a time.
I was standing outside watering my lawn on a summer Monday morning and saw lots of long faces on the many commuters that drive by my house in the early AM. Many of these commuters looked like they could have used a small "pick me up".
Their less then excited faces made me think of a recent trip I went on to see President James Garfield's grave site in Lake View Cemetery. While I was there I also visited John D. Rockefeller's gravesite. I noticed that one or more people had been placing dimes on his headstone. I was curious about this and discovered that Rockefeller was often seen handing out dimes and nickels to poor adults and children. The story of his small acts of kindness traveled far and apparently has been remembered for many years after his death.
A dime wasn't much money to this millionaire, but these small acts brought a little bit of happiness into someone's life for a moment, and during a time when there wasn't much to be happy about, that made a memorable difference. Your act of kindness doesn't have to cost you much either, but often you find the return you receive far outweighs what you gave. Spreading happiness is always one of the best investments you can make. What small act of kindness can you do at work or school today?
Did John Rockefeller really hand out
nickels and dimes to children?
1. Visitors to Lake View place dimes on John
Rockefeller's grave in hopes of gaining Rockefeller-like wealth.
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