Robert's story: be kind.

I had a great conversation with an old friend this evening over some iced tea. He embodies what it means to "be kind." His life is an encouragement to me and to many others. He is Mr. International and has touched lives in dozens of countries. He is the type of person that is good friends with both the have's and the have-not's.

This is his story:

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. Grew up in a Christian (Southern Baptist) home. Both of my parents taught Sunday School and I grew up in the church. Became a Christian at the age of 10 years old. Finished high school in 1975 and then started college. Wanted to be a Social Worker and was interested in Family Studies. Also, had interests in multi cultural projects... lived in a Black neighborhood and worked in churches that were multicultural . Worked my way through university. Also worked in Broadcasting at a NBC TV station, PR for Blood Banking and on staff at a University for many years doing something that I love, Donor Relations and International Relations.

Never married, due to a medical issue and personal issue. No siblings and all of my immediate family have passed.

Dedicating the remainder of my life to cultural bridge-building and encouragement via KINDNESS. I believe every person should have the right to be understood. Also, have personal outreach to those on the fringes, the elderly, homeless, homosexuals and racial groups/issues.

My favorite poem is by Edwin Markham:

"He drew a circle that shut me out,
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in."

1.) Be KIND one to another,
2.) The Story of the Good Samaritan and
3.) the Bible verse, "For God Demonstrated his Love for US in that while we were yet Sinners, Christ Died for us." Book of Romans

These THREE thoughts are my motivations that I live by.

Follow the his International Kindness Journey here.
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