Birthday Smiles For Shiv!

Posted by Bradley Stoll on Apr 29, 2018
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Yesterday afternoon, a crew of folks gathered on the streets of San Francisco yesterday, to do random acts of kindness for Shiv's 23rd birthday! From writing cards to strangers and loved ones, to gifting snacks to passerby, to handing out socks to the homeless, the afternoon was filled with smiles.

More stories to come, but here's a few highlights...

While offering strangers tangerines, people at first would be suspect that there was some agenda behind it. But as soon as the words, "We're doing random acts of kindness for a friend's birthday" slipped out of our mouths, people's shoulders would lighten and they'd smilingly accept our gifts. One stranger responded, "For an act of kindness, I'll take it!"

While walking down a crowded city street, a passerby somewhat pushed one of us in a hurry -- to which the immediate (unintended) reaction from one of us was "Thank you!" It's great to see how an intention of service in the company of kind friends can keep one's spirits lifted, no matter what is happening around.

Thanks, Shiv, Kendrick, Claire, and friends, for inspiring smiles across the city! As a high school teacher, it's inspiring to see twenty-something year-olds spend their Saturday in such an uplifting way.

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  • Shiv Gettu wrote ...

    Hey Bradley,
    Thank you so much for coming! You equally inspire us and we had such an amazing time getting to know you :). Lots of love and looking forward to the next time our paths cross

  • Ashima Goyal wrote ...

    "For an act of kindness, I will take it!" wow :-) Love how the intention of service was transferred to the receiver too who was actually giving as well by taking it! We did something like that recently in the park here in Herastrau and were faced with the same suspect and skepticism but as soon as we said we are just doing this to spread some kindness, their guards would come down :-)

  • Birju Pandya wrote ...

    amazing you guys! so sorry i couldn't make it, but here on my block i handed out a couple chocolate bars to bewildered passersby :) was a joy to have the excuse to practice, THANK YOU!

  • Kendrick wrote ...

    Bradley,

    Thank you for sharing our weekend experience, had a great time out on the streets of SF with you spreading some kindness :) Being generous is a great way to spend a Saturday with friends!