A real kindness story by Bernard Hare.

A little insight into author Bernard Hare

A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces


One act of kindness that befell British writer Bernard Hare in 1982 changed him profoundly. Then a student living just north of London, he tells the story to inspire troubled young people to help deal with their disrupted lives.

The police called at my student hovel early evening, but I didn’t answer as I thought they’d come to evict me. I hadn’t paid my rent in months.

But then I got to thinking: my mum hadn’t been too good and what if it was something about her?

We had no phone in the hovel and mobiles hadn’t been invented yet, so I had to nip down the phone box.

I rang home to Leeds to find my mother was in hospital and not expected to survive the night. “Get home, son,” my dad said.

I got to the railway station to find I’d missed the last train. A train was…

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12 comments on “A real kindness story by Bernard Hare.

  1. Servetus says:

    This is AMAZING.

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  3. katie70 says:

    Helping someone in need really pays off in the long. Thank You for sharing.

  4. Missey says:

    Such a beautiful story. What a brave man that conductor was to persevere when Bernard rebuffed him. Have you ever read “The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life”. This story reminded me of it.

    • obscura says:

      Welcome, and thanks for commenting. You are so right…it would have been really easy, in his place, to shrug and say, “well, I tried.” I imagine that his determination to be kind was as striking to Hare as the kindness that he gave.

      I haven’t read that, but I will now…thanks for the tip!

  5. guylty says:

    Wow. The sort of story that cements my unquenchable belief that there *are* good people out there, and that the universe will help when we need it to. Thanks for unearthing that!!!

  6. Teuchter says:

    Such an amazing and very touching story. Thank you for sharing it with us. The world would indeed be a better place if there were more people like “The Good Conductor”. I too believe there are others like him out there and I’m sure some of us may have already been recipients of kind acts. I know I have.

  7. jazzbaby1 says:

    Wow, what an amazing kindness!

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