A day away from technology, spent lots of time outdoors, being quiet & still, enjoying the sun, trees, breeze. Renewing . Grateful .
"What you will see is love coming out of the trees, love coming out of the sky, love coming out of the light. You will perceive love from everything around you. This is the state of bliss."
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
My 3 y/o daughter has had a cold and was not feeling well to go outside and play. So after coloring in her coloring books i randomly asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween. She told me a "pink pirate!" I said let me check what i have (fabric wise) and we spent the next 2 hours working on her costume. It was homemade with love and came out great! She was so proud and excited to be wearing it and was showing it off to her grammy (my mom) complete with the eye patch and earring saying ''arrrrrr''. The pure joy she derived and the happiness i felt from seeing her happy was well worth it and better than any thin- store bought costume. And as a plus, we are ready & early this year!
To be truthful my mom and I have had a contentious relationship due, in large part, to issues that stem from a series of unfortunate events in her life, plus some mini-strokes she suffered.
In the light of all that I have made peace with loving her, even though she might not always make it easy. It requires a lot of deep breaths and patience when I enter her world.
Today I called my mom and invited her out to lunch. I will also ask if she'd like to attend my daughter's first basketball game this afternoon.
I love her and want the best for her. Here's hoping she's able to meet me halfway today. If not, that's okay. I've put my "big girl pants" on.
The supermarket cashier looked weary; like she had worked one shift too many. "I coulda been home by now," she called to another cashier as I approached. "Thanks a lot!" "I love you!" came the reply. (I couldn't tell if this was sincere, sarcastic, or both.) "No, you don't!" retorted my cashier. "Yes, I do!" I already had the supermarket gift card in my hand. Now I knew whom to give it to. "Put five dollars on this, please," I said. Since there was another customer waiting behind me I paid for my purchases, walked away, then circled back when there was no line. "So this five-dollar gift card ..." I said. "Yeah?" the cashier said apprehensively, meaning "Is something wrong with it?" "It's for you," I said, handing it to her along with the KindSpring Smile card. "Just to help your night go better." "Really? For me?" She broke into a goofy grin. "You didn't have to do that!" "I know ... Read Full Story >>
A friend at work and I have helped each other through the recent deaths of our mothers. Because we know so very well how each other is feeling we meet up from time to time just to talk about how we are getting through the grief process.
She was dressed very nicely today and I stopped her to simply say, "You look stunning!"
She smiled a very appreciative smile and said, "It's one of my mom's blouses."
Knowing how much that would have meant to her I was so very glad I had noticed and made the effort to say something.
It is raining very heavily and roads are flooded. I know an elderly couple who stay in a tent made of plastic sheets. The old man begs and old lady cooks from whatever he gets home. I thought about their plight and went to their tent carrying some food with me. they both gratefully accepted it.
The old lady asked me, "How did you come in such rains? Are you alright?" I was touched by her concern for me when she and her family are in such danger and facing hunger. Later my friends and I went with supplies to last them for sometime in case rain does not stop.
I went to play some basketball today and a couple of little kids came by and asked me for the ball. So, I loaned it to them happily.
Thinking back I realize I could have used the opportunity to maybe teach them something. Instead, I just went for a run while they played.
So, I'm going to call this a quart of kindness and take the lesson on board. The next time a kid comes by I will stay and try to teach them something, or maybe just play a while if they have no one else to play with.
Our public library is next to a building that helps the homeless. There are quite a few homeless people who end up sitting in the library reading or just staying dry and warm.
Today I gathered up a box full of my old magazines and donated them to the library. These don't have to be checked out and people can take them if they want to.This way the library staff don't have any extra work to do and people who can't afford magazines can still get to read them.
I cleaned out my boy's closet yesterday. Some items have stains or tears that couldn't be removed or repaired so I didn't think they would be much use for a human charity.
Instead of just throwing them away I cleaned them best I could and donated them to the local animal shelter. They can use them for bedding for the dogs and cats.
I just hate to throw anything away and to think they can keep an animal warm makes me feel good.
A few days ago I celebrated my 36th birthday. I decided to do 36 anonymous acts of kindness that day. So I bought 36 flowers and put it on car's windows- with a note that says: "Someone you do not know chose to make you happy.
Please give this flower to someone you love. Happy weekend and safe drive". Actually I wanted to print smile cards, but because we are on holidays -the shops were closed.
So I handwritten 36 cards. I did it with my little daughter and it really made my birthday- a celebration ! -
My daughter started a new chapter in her schooling today - a distance learning home-school program.
She was really stressing about it last night and feeling anxious and overwhelmed. So, I helped her work out a first week schedule for herself and this morning I typed her up a schedule for the today, complete with suggested breaks and kindnesses for herself.
I also called her halfway through the day, just to check on her. It felt good to help her through this new beginning.
I discovered that a chain of opticians in the UK takes unwanted spectacles (which are still in good condition) and sends them to a charity in Africa. The charity gives them to people who would otherwise not be able to afford glasses.
I delivered two pairs of glasses to the shop today. For just a little effort I hope to change how two people see the world.
I baked two cakes last night - one for my children and another to give away today.
When I have the opportunity to go walking or jogging outside I often see a man in a wheelchair. He sits outside his home and smiles and waves at passers-by.
So, my daughter and I packed the cake in tissue paper and colorful yarn, then placed it in a bag with a Smile Card.
She was so excited to give him this gift! Her excitement and his happiness made it all so worthwhile.
Happy weekend, RAOKtivists! It's Kindness Ninja Saturday!! My sweet class of 23 second graders absolutely love sneaking out of our classroom and performing acts of kindness. We call ourselves the Kindness Classroom and we are Kindness Ninjas! The Kindness Ninjas' favorite RAOK was hiding bottles of bubbles around the playgrounds.
The past two Fridays, the Kindness Ninjas have made positive post-it notes for their friends as well as for some anonymous recipients. A big ninja snuck around after school and put some of these on teachers' classroom doors!
So....take it from the Kindness Ninjas...
Be kind. Be nice. Be sweet. And, never forget that together we can be the change we wish to see in the world!
The teachers at my school have to order enough copy paper to last them the entire year out of our ever-decreasing yearly order stipend. Many of us end up buying paper with our own money because the yearly stipend just doesn't go far enough.
Today I snuck down to the copy room and loaded all the copiers up with paper.
I added a Smile card and a note wishing everyone a "Wonderful Monday!"
On my last visit to the local farm I took a few minutes to say hello to all the animals, including the sheep and the attention seeking donkeys.
The farm has the bubblegum dispenser style feed machines where visitors can purchase food to give to the animals. I bought some food and enjoyed feeding the animals, then I filled all the machines with quarters for the next person who came along.
It was a busy day at the grocery store and two young ladies were in line behind me with birthday balloons. They appeared to be stressed and in a hurry so I asked if they wanted to go ahead of me. They were very appreciative. I asked what the balloons were for and one girl said they were for her nephew's second birthday. She said it was a difficult day for her with lots of family drama and that her nephew had a twin and something bad happened to the baby at birth. I noticed she had a small heart shaped tattoo on her neck with the a date in it. The date was exactly two years ago. So, I knew it had to be a significant day. They were chatting together about their rush to get ready for the party, all the things left to do, and how nobody offered to ... Read Full Story >>
Cycling through Boston, I noticed a parking enforcement officer patrolling the curb, checking for parking violations.
I stopped, dismounted, and thanked her for doing her job.
"I figure you must get a lot of abuse," I said, "but what you do is important."
First she looked astonished, then she looked delighted.
"No one ever tells me that," she said. "Except sometimes in the South-End where residents are desperate to protect their parking spots."
"Well, I don't need parking," I said, indicating my bike, "but I believe in livable cities and keeping parking under control is part of that."
We chatted about her work (her knees hurt more than her feet, she said.)
"The next time someone yells at you," I said, "remember this conversation."
Smiling, she promised she would.
I am currently participating in a "30 acts of kindness in 30 days" challenge which I set myself. Let me explain! A dear friend of mine recently celebrated her 30th birthday. Rather than doing what most women of her age would do, she decided to host a "random acts of kindness" party, inviting her friends to participate in spreading some kindness in the world, and to spend money they'd have spent of a gift for her in acts of kindness to others. At the restaurant, she had a lucky dip draw, and everyone received an act of kindness they had to carry out anonymously. She'd also prepared cards for all those present, where she'd written to each guest personally, saying what they meant to her as a friend, and then passed them around the table for everyone else to add nice comments about each other. She explained to me that she was ... Read Full Story >>
I feel it is important to remember as we are moving through this kindness challenge that being kind shouldn't feel like something 'extra' you are having to do in a full list of many things to get done during your waking moments. Kindness comes in many forms, some extraordinary, some less bold and noticeable, but kindness in all its forms is equally important. Something like picking up a piece of trash you see laying outside in the parking lot, thanking someone for their efforts, offering to run an errand for someone who has an overabundance of tasks to get accomplished, all can be just as impactful as a grander gesture. Many times, kindness can be found in just paying attention. When you take the time to notice what someone enjoys or the hard work they do, it says to that person that you care about them and notice their efforts and ... Read Full Story >>