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I haven’t seen my college roommate since I moved my family back East. Nine years has past since then.

Of course, we still communicate through text from time-to-time.  His response time is awful … just saying. However, a few weeks ago, we actually chatted on the phone.  It’s been awhile.

It was nice just hearing his voice.

We picked up our conversation like we did when we shared a room together in college. Instead of discussing plans for the weekend, we lamented about not seeing each other. More so, we lamented about not seeing each other’s kids.

He has girls, who are full-grown; I have two boys, who are much younger.  (He was always a few steps ahead of me.)

We talked about getting together soon, but both probably recognized that a reunion wouldn’t happen — at least not anytime soon.

The conversation had to end because we both had to run.

Likewise, I received a text recently at 6:59 am from someone I knew since forever. We exchanged texts about our days working in Yakutat, Alaska for Sitka Sound Seafoods.

His last text was “Drop me a line. 2 minutes”.

We talked for 2 1/2 … hours!

Our conversation went from our days Alaska to our antics high school; from Charlie Daniels to Yosef Islam to Father McDonald back to Yosef Islam/Cat Stevens.  That lead us to Quebec City and the 1444 1/2 Bar — and on and on and on.

The conversation only ended because I had to feed my 9 year-old breakfast.

Both times, as I hung up, it occurred to me…

Having a good friend, especially one who lives a long-distance away, is much like having a relationship with God.

As with God, we probably should talk more often than we do.  However, when we do, it’s as we were at each other’s side.

And, as you know, God is always at your side.

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, Kwanzaa Klaus, Hail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL!  As a writer, James has been widely featured on Bob Salter (CBS Radio), Mike Siegel, Mancow, and more. Today, James lives in New York where he continues to teach — and write. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.


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After first reading the article titled “Good Samaritans Face Fine After Rescuing Deer…” one may lean towards believing in the phrase “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”  Sadly, that belief may stop some from acting randomly with kindness in the future.  But it should not!  And here’s why…

Though the kindhearted rescuers may have been fined $90, this Act of Random Kindness — thanks to the fine — has received local and national attention!  Who knows now the influence this Act of Random Kindness may have?  No doubt community members will unite to defend the Good Samaritans, bringing neighbors closer together.  This act of kindness towards an animal, suffering in the cold, may inspire others to act the same — towards fellow humans.  It may cause others to act with kindness towards a homeless man shivering in the cold.  The story may inspire a flame inside the heart of a young child to learn more about nature.  This act may guide that child into become a future scientist — maybe even veterinarian or a zoologist, creating the next Jane Goodall or Diane Fossey.  Or possibly it may inspire a young inventor to created a rescuing devise that may help a countless number of animals, and people, in the near future.

Knowing that your Random Act of Kindness would inspire others to do so many amazing acts, would you let $90 stop you from acting?  I think not 🙂

Story Link http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2010/12/17/good-samaritans-face-fine-after-rescuing-deer-from-icy-water/

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