Is an Act of Kindness Random If It’s Coerced?

A true story about how I once manipulated a “random” act of kindness

Mishael Witty
Dec 2, 2019 · 4 min read

I am a manipulator

Real relationships can’t be built on manipulation.

I’d met my perfect match.

Still, old habits die hard

As a joke…I think.

Then, I went away with his easy-come, easy-go money, feeling pretty proud of myself…and grateful too.

But it didn’t feel so good later

But I felt rotten.

Calling it like it is

Not so random, really.

Does this diminish the act of kindness?

However, I still sort of feel guilty for how the whole thing went down.

My purpose in sharing this

I never saw that man again. I don’t even remember his name, so there is no way I could ever make it up to him.

I just pray your good acts and good intentions aren’t taken advantage of.

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