Husband is off on his work travels. Last night I wrote little love notes (on post-it notes of course) and sneakily popped them in amongst the clothes in his suitcase. Lol, i just had a thought about him taking a meeting with one accidentally stuck on the back of his shirt! Oh well, if that happens they will all know he is loved!
I love Mother Theresa. I have read a lot about her but want to share a story about her that made a massive and everlasting impression on me. Mother Theresa and her nuns used to go into the streets of Calcutta to tend to the poor. If a nun was having an off day (they too have their off days which surprised me but shows they are only human ) she would not let them go out to minister as she felt their passion and dedication was not strong enough. Anyway, one day she and her team brought a man home from the gutters. It took them 3 hours to clean the worms off him, I still can't get my head round this! 3 hours for a team to clean worms off him, I don't think I'll ever get my head round this! When the man was clean he thanked ... Read Full Story >>
A man in the supermarket today called me a good samaritan. His comment took me by surprise. He didn't know me. And what I had just done wasn't exactly 'samaritan' worthy. Or so I thought... I grocery shop every week. Some weeks even multiple times. And every single time I am loading the conveyer belt up with all my groceries, I will offer and let the person behind go in front. Especially when they have only a few items and I am still loading up mine. Today I let two people go in front of me, including the man who called me a good samaritan for doing so. But really? Am I? Isn't this just a simple courtesy? Something I hope everyone would do... I was in no hurry today and even if I were, why should that man wait behind me in line? Because I got there first? Because I was in the line first? How absurd. He only had ... Read Full Story >>
All week I have been sorting through every book we own. Childrens books, recipe books, self help, reference books, novels, them all.
We have so many, too many for one person to enjoy so I've decided to donate the majority of them. Most I will be donating to a book fair that raises money every year by selling used books. But then there are some, some books that touched me deeply and helped me in life in so many ways.
These books I've decided to gift to those that need them. I will leave them along with a note explaining it all in random places such as bus stops and hospitals. Places where people can really use a book. I have also today gone through all our shoes, shoes that we no longer wear but are still wearable to donate and give to those who have no shoes. Books and shoes, such a gift, and something we all have many of yet there are those out there who have none. Giving brings me joy!
Little Free Library For Our Town Update
Grandpa spent the weekend measuring twice and cutting once and drilling and hammering covering up all the open sides of our 'doll house'. This coming weekend ought to see the waterproofing and paint happen and the doors added.
Cost still at 7$ - It was 8$ with a dollar off a purchase of 5$ and all the bits of wood and screws,etc,...were already here.
We have about 20 books inside already and they were mostly FREE. Cost there, so far, is about $2.50.
The 'make it official' package I sent away for a few weeks ago is due shortly. They said 4-5 weeks and it's already been half that. Cost 40$
Soooo very soon (fall launch perfect!), for very little money, and not SO much work, Our Town WILL have its very own Little Free Library! :)
Last night I heard a little peep in the grass near the trees at the edge of the yard. It was a song sparrow fledgling with an injury to its wing. I was able to pick it up and put it in a bird cage with some water. This morning the bird was sitting up and seemed to be able to fly. I released it in my rose bush garden. It sat there for a few minutes then flew away. I was so pleased to have had a respite place for this little being. Kindness for all.
I was talking to one of my students yesterday who is the eldest with three younger siblings, she was telling me that the younger two girls now have a repurposed bookshelf in their bedroom.
Their Mum set out their books so that they could easily access them. Through a charity funded scheme in our school each child chooses a book to take home 4x a year, so the girls now had 6 books on their shelf.
I grew up in a book driven home. Some of my best friends were not in the playground, but on a page. The thought of not having that pleasure of the company of a book, mourn and celebrate along with the characters, cry or dance at the end... Or reading the last pages slowly because I dont want the book to end...
My best friend said she will have a look through the abundant bookshelves of her children and donate. Im going to do the same, and keep vigilant at charity shops. Im sure those girls will soon have more than 6 books between them :-)
My cousin, who is disabled, was going to be alone last night because all of his brothers and their families had gone to attend a family reunion hosted by a relative visiting from Switzerland. So, I went to stay with him in the evening.
His family returned late at night, and I had to spend the night and leave early in the morning at 4:30 AM to get back to my own family. It was the least I could do to give a little bit of my time!
Today I listened. I let others talk and tell me their stories without interrupting and without getting bored. It doesn't seem like a big accomplishment, but I'm bipolar, and I have been on a manic swing for a few days, so sitting still and shutting up is a major accomplishment today! I was rewarded with a good story from one person (and a lot of complaining from others!) that I would have never known if I hadn't stayed quiet. Sometimes it is true, the best present to give is the present of your time and attention! **Hugs**
Today, instead of doing chores like cleaning the house, I stayed at home all day and played with my toddler. I have the rest of my life to clean, but my kid isn't going to be a kid forever.
This week I received the most astonishing thank you note from a person I helped attend a unique conference. This individual, let's call him Rick (and his wife) were facing a great deal of employment instability in the educational institution where they they worked. They were also raising two sweet and busy preschoolers; the stress of it all was evident. Rick and his wife had been attending the conference for years. It is the kind of event that nourishes teaches and administrators who work with vulnerable children and young people. When it became apparent that their employer was not going to provide enough funding for them to attend, I "pulled some strings" which Rick said made it possible for both to go. I hadn't thought more about it until I received Rick's note Thursday. He said attending the conference was like a lifeline; they were able connect with trusted mentors and friends ... Read Full Story >>
I was returning my library books this morning and saw a shopping trolley full of a homeless persons belongings. I raided my kindness stash I keep in a bag in my car and left a pack of biscuits ( cookies) with a note on top :-)
On Saturdays we are able to go and help serve breakfast at the soup kitchen. My two boys go with me to help. They see what it's like to have nothing & to be thankful for a warm meal. We started to make muffins to take with us when we go. When everyone is leaving they can take the muffins for later. I have one boy who serves everyone with a smile. My other boy takes the time to sit & talk to the people there. To make them feel like they have a worth. Homeless... Dirty... What ever their story may be... He listens. To me- that is the biggest heart of all that we do.
I just began this project today! I greeted the yard duty at my daughter's new school with -- finally -- a hello! I have seen her several times since we started school, but today I decided to look her in the eye as we passed through the gate. I introduced myself and was so grateful to hear her name and see the smile she gave me.
The interaction perked me up, and hopefully added a bit of a spark to her day, that made her feel special, acknowledged, and connected.
Simple, but worthwhile.
My friend hurt her leg while out in town. Luckily (sort of) we had some crutches at home from another leg injury she had a few weeks ago. I got changed (it was 2am) and ran down into town with them so she could get back okay. I'm so glad I was able to help.
My usual kindness act I do whenever I stay in a hotel ... chocolate rose, card with beautiful words inside and either gift card or lotto ticket enclosed. The housekeepers do such a lovely job cleaning our rooms I always like to thank them. This time however I did a little extra kindness....
I made their job as easy as I could. I left our room spotless, emptied bins for them and loaded the dishwasher and washed dishes. A small gesture but one they'll appreciate ♥
Our neighbor has two sweet, formerly abused rescue dogs. For several days, I have been able to coax them to come near me by offering "doggie treats". Today they both took treats from my hand. I was happy that I was able to finally gain their trust. I occurs to me that there are people in my acquaintance
who also seem fearful, distrusting and distant with me. I vowed today that I will not judge them, but will simply extend my hand and hope that they will trust my attempts at friendship.
I sent my 30 year old granddaughter an email that said: "Good morning Sunshine. You have completed another amazing week of of your life. What ever this coming week offers you and wants from you, meet it with gratitude and, if needed, courage for all the ways God is helping you become who you really are."
Today I wanted to do something a little nice for a few people. So I made my famous yummy lemon slice. I made it only to gift. I gifted one lot to the beautiful man and his mother who did my make up. I gifted another to a fellow employee and his elderly father. And the last lot I dropped around to my brother in laws place. I left it on his doorstep as a surprise with a note. He is the biggest fan of all my sweet baked treats and always so grateful. Makes me only ever want to gift him more
Last week I had one the Elders in my community lose her husband of over forty years, so I made her some soup and bannock, offered it to her , then I sat with her while she played bingo, trying to show her that someone in our community cared.