Saturday a homeless man came into our shop. Normally we are closed on Saturday but I was there working on some things. He started off talking about how he started a marketing company and wanted to see if he could help us. He then went into detail on his journey of jobs through life. He talked for 20 minutes, telling me many stories of his life adventures.
Though most times I might get impatient when someone talks a lot, this time I practiced just listening and being present for him. Though I wasn't able to use what he was offering, I wished him well and offered him some water for the rest of his journey. He thanked me for listening and for what he called therapy. Even when we cannot always help, we can always listen. It matters!
Today the temperature was too hot. My maid came up late for work, and when I asked her the reason she said her mother was ill and she had to admit her to the hospital. She was very exhausted due to hot weather and her hectic schedule. I offered her cold juice and then she said, "Madam, it's ok, I'm fine. There is no need of it." I replied "there is a need for this juice you are thirsty and you need this energy drink". She drank then went to do her household chores. After completing her work she was about to leave, I called her and offered rice plate with dal. Again she refused - actually she is a very shy person.I knew she was hungry too. She ate with tears in her eyes.I told her "don't worry your mother will be fine as she is taking treatment and if there is ... Read Full Story >>
I love my very close best friend who is very generous, kind, loving, caring, and helpful. She is always helping out people in need. Her profession is a lawyer, but she is very kind at heart and very humble as a person.
Every year on her birthday she visits an orphanage and gifts the little ones with some toys, some eatables, or sometimes what they really are in need of.
This birthday she made a promise to share her kindness act with her friends in their circle meeting. Her friends all decided to celebrate their birthdays in the orphanage and gift the children with various snacks! So now, on every members birthday, they come together to spread joy and love to those children who really want someone to love them.
There are almost 380 children in house. My friend does every bit she can to help the needy. Maybe we could also promise to celebrate our birthdays with orphaned children. We could love them and bring more smiles to their faces. Anyone care to join us?
Tonight I went to a program at the local library to learn more about a religion that isn't mine. A gentleman was there from the local mosque to explain the Muslim "Call to Prayer." It was so helpful of him to share the beautiful recordings of Adhan, answer questions and share his faith with us in a friendly and non judgmental way. The audience was very curious and supportive of him. It is beautiful when we all share in the love that makes the world go round!
My soon-to-be daughter-in-law Maria, who lives in Raleigh, NC, found a mother mixed breed dog tied up to a bicycle rack with 7 puppies near her in a large tub.
Now, three weeks later, she has found homes for Momma "Minnie Moo" and her puppies. Maria brought the puppies to a no-kill shelter where they were all held together until the puppies were ready to be weaned and adopted. They were also flea dipped and vaccinated, and Mama dog was spayed. Then Maria put up flyers and spoke with family and friends at church and in their community. She raised $500 for the shelter in donations for their "stay".
I am grateful for her persistence in turning what could have been a tragedy into a dog wagging (p)aw-esome ending. 🐾💕🐾💕
Offered to pay for the Subway sandwich of the ambulance driver behind me in line. He politely declined, saying, "Thanks, but pay for someone who needs it. I'm independently wealthy!" he joked. So, I purchased a gift card for a price of a meal (plus tax), to do as he requested. Then he gave me the choice of a cookie that came with his meal, since he was diabetic. Gave him a dove, and the cashier as well, because doves are sugar-free and always welcome with their message of Peace. And wouldn't you know, on the way back to my car, gave the the Statue of Liberty man waving at folks (to draw them into a business) the gift card!!! The Universe so presents those opportunities when we are open to them. The Statue of Liberty man was so grateful and said that someone else had bought him a sandwich a few days ago and that there ... Read Full Story >>
I went out early today to do some volunteering and after my event was over, I went for lunch at a place I don't go to that often. Usually, I would take the bus home from there, but I decided to walk home instead of taking the bus, to get some exercise.
On my walk home, I saw someone's student ID and transit card had been dropped by the bus stop. I decided to get home and try to track her down online so I could get try to get them back to her as soon as possible. I sent her a Facebook message and I am making arrangements to meet up with her to get them back to her.
Today when paying for mine and my family's dinners, I noticed an elderly couple. For some reason I was drawn to them and I noticed they only had bowls of soup. Something inside said to pay for their dinner.
I was paying for their meal when the elderly gent came up to the counter. I hadn't meant for him to see me, but he did. He stood there, shocked, and I just shook his hand and said have a good evening and pass it on. I felt it might have been hard for him,financially. I had forgotten my smile cards, but he smiled and waved when they left and I felt warm inside.
During lunch out today I got a bit upset and decided to pop to the bathroom to have a moment to myself to re-center. When I went through the curtain, I was really confused as there was an elderly lady doing her make up in the mirror, but I couldn't see the door to the toilet!
She obviously saw me looking confused as she pointed it out and ushered me in with a giant smile. When I came out I held back to wait for her to finish at the sink, but she grabbed me by the arm and hauled me over.
She then pulled towels for me and passed them over. And when the paper bin lid wouldn't lift, we did it together and had a good laugh. All without a word being spoken and her smiling hugely throughout!
When I got back to the table all I remembered was that lady's smile, and totally forgot that I was feeling upset.
I do this so often. Too often that I rarely post about it. I did post about it once so some of you may know and remember. My father lives not too far from me and since my mother died 7 years ago is alone.
He cooks. But not the nutritious yummy meals that one does when cooking for more than one. Which is why I always cook extra and put some aside for him.
He calls me his "meals on wheels ". I love that. Love that I can give back to my daddy in other ways after all he has given me 💖
A while ago waiting for my daughter I indulged myself with a coffee of which I used to be so dependent of that when I stopped it I had headache for days. So while I was enjoying my rare moment, I was intrigued by an old men who seemed not well. I could not see his face to be sure, as it was laid between his folded arms on the table, he had a long warm coat, and a big backpack which made me think he could be a homeless. I quit wondering, went to his table patted him on the arm and asked him "are you ok? "He raised his head and mumbled something, nodding yes.I realized by the strong smell that he was indeed a homeless man. I asked him if he is hungry and I could not understand his answer but I didn't gave up, asked him if he would like ... Read Full Story >>
I babysat tonight. My friend left me dinner, and it was all vegan! I was so surprised! I was planning on eating at home afterwards, so it was a fantastic surprise. I cleaned the kitchen, did the dishes, watered the garden and took my 'charge' out to the park. My friend paid me generously - so that's petrol money and some grocery money. I did wonder if it is her way of helping us financially, I'll do a few freebie babysitting gigs for her I think.
People in my honors geometry class were having trouble with their work. I helped them with the worksheet and made sure they understood what was happening. For some reason, I knew what I was doing. I knew this probably because one of the smartest kids in my class kind of tutored me in it.
The soup kitchen where I've volunteered on Saturdays for a very long time has become like another family---the folks who come there I have seen over many many years.
A light bulb went off in my head the other day as I was sending a care package to my son who is away at college---some of the things I was sending him would be very useful to folks who come to the soup kitchen, so I got extra for them as well!
I always bring bags of whatever we have growing (lemons, oranges, etc.) but this felt even better.
I love the heart-heart human connections that have grown over the years there.
I've been doing a lot of internal work lately. I completed my Reiki course last week and really enjoyed it. At the same time I've been working on the Law of Attraction. Last night I decided I would manifest something for Valentine's Day, a card or something from someone who I really liked and who liked me too. I called to my sister Berni's house today and as I was leaving she gave me this gift. She said it's for Tuesday week. I was confused, it's a gift for Valentine's Day lol! ! She's never done this before in her life. Such a beautiful sister and I just love her and Philip so much. They are unbelievably good to me. I'll put this story in the Birthday book I'm making for her Birthday just to make her smile. Berni and her husband Philip met the criteria of my manifestation, guess I should have ... Read Full Story >>
I teach kindergarten. I worry that I have not done enough to prepare my students to enter First Grade. However, today, I looked at all they can do, and was grateful. I moved among their tables as they worked and praised their effort, their persistence, and their ability to simply get started.
Each child responded to my praise with a smile, and some even with a spontaneous hug! The atmosphere in our classroom had been one of fatigue and resistance to writing, but after I began praising the students the feeling in the room changed to success and eagerness.What a glorious day! My take away: My students may not have all the skills they need to enter First Grade, but today they knew I appreciated and loved them.
I have been busy the last couple of weeks helping a friend collect household items and clothes for a new immigrant family that she is sponsoring.
I informed my work colleagues and neighbors and was pleasantly surprised to see some of them respond and bring me items for the family. It warmed my heart to see strangers taking the time to help a family that they would never meet.
Our Team Leader always complains about the cold, especially how cold her office is first thin in the morning. I get in first so I turned her heater on before she arrived.
She was so happy. One of the lads used to turn the portable heaters on first thing (when the heating was broken). It made such a difference, I'm just paying that forward.
Well, now I take my two older ladies out once a week for an outing to lunch, browsing the second hand stores, or just a drive around Canberra. Talk about funny, they talk nonstop and I can't talk and drive so of course we took the wrong turn off. But we got there in the end.
Then as we were going to lunch, one of them remembered she had locked her daughter out of the house and she was supposed to be going with the daughter to an appointment. So we raced her home, and then I dropped the other lady off as she had forgotten she had to go out by a certain time.
All together it was a lot of fun but boy did I need a cup of coffee and a rest when I got home. Next week we meet on Thursday and I think this time we are going to lunch! I might just ask politely if they have forgotten anything. I am laughing as I am writing this post. Such delightful ladies!
I have been struggling to think of kindnesses from today. I came up with nominating a few people for recognition awards at work (how could I have forgotten that?!), letting people pull out / turn in front of me when driving (that's so natural I don't think anything of it), offering the speaker at our training session a drink, a couple of good news to the boss (he laughed), getting a document pushed through quickly for a colleague & thanking everyone involved.
I think because I'm frustrated with someone & there's mutiny in the air at work I am finding it hard to recognize the kindness. And the bloke in the chippie was telling me what a lovely lad husband is, and what a great couple we are. I just need to be more aware of the kindness and less aware of the complaints.