In 50 days I will be arriving in Costa Rica with a group of 25 other students from around the United States--partnering with True Nature Education for a week of service.
We will be serving the community, the environment, and learning and growing immensely not only from each other, but also from the native Costa Ricans.
I am extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity. I understand how privileged I have been in my life and I strive to take every opportunity I can to give back and spread some of my good fortune to others. Estoy muy emocionado! <3 <3 <3
I read this today and it must be shared here. A true act of kindness and compassion. "Jessica Eaves from Guthrie, Oklahoma recently had her wallet stolen by a man while she was grocery shopping. Most people in that situation would immediately get the authorities involved, but she found a way to resolve her problem herself. "I saw this gentleman down the aisle from me," Jessica tells us. "He walked behind me, and when I got a couple of aisles over, I realized my wallet was gone." "I spotted him in a crowded aisle and approached him," she continues. "I'm a pretty out-there personality, but I was quiet and calm." "I said to him, 'I think you have something of mine. I'm gonna give you a choice. You can either give me my wallet and I'll forgive you right now, and I'll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries." The alternative? ... Read Full Story >>
Children are the most beautiful beings on the earth! They are true examples of innocence, inspiration, energy and happiness.
Spend time with them, play with them, live with them and enjoy the happiness.
Be kind and make kind!
When my husband and I go out to breakfast, we love to pick a young family or elderly couple to anonymously pay their bill and have the waitress hand them a smile card.
Everyone wins. We get to feel good that we did something nice, the person whose bill was paid is happy, and the waitress is excited with the pay it forward action. Keep kindness moving around!
In our class we have formed an NGO called "Recolectando Felicidad". We decided, for our second project, to spend time with kids from different schools. Instead of bringing them toys or material things we decided to play with them because we feel that playing with them, giving them love and making them smile was way more valuable. The class formed small groups, with three or four people each, to take care of the different games Our group was in charge of the play dough modelling activities. The day before visiting "Rayo de Luz" (a local school for children with learning difficulties) we met up to make the dough. We used flour, water, salt and food coloring, to make sure the dough would be safe for children. We made 4,5 kilograms of dough in six colors: pink, teal, yellow, purple, black and white. The next day, we went to the school. We invited the ... Read Full Story >>
Officer Thomas was about to arrest Jessica Robles, for stealing food to feed her hungry children, but changed her mind at the last minute. Instead of arresting her, she bought Robles $100 worth of groceries: “I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry.” And there’s no denying they were hungry. Robles’ 12 year old daughter started crying when she told local TV station WSVN about how dire their situation was: “[It's] not fun to see my brother in the dirt hungry, asking for food, and we have to tell him, ‘There is nothing here.’" Officer Thomas says she has no question that what she did was right: “To see them go through the bags when we brought them in, it was like Christmas. That $100 to me was worth it.” But Officer Thomas did have one request: “The ... Read Full Story >>
Printed out my first batch of Spanish Smile cards in Spain this week. I gave out many of the cards over the past year while living in NYC, and now that I am in Spain teaching English for the year, decided to continue spreading the love!
The first card I actually privileged a friend to give out, who put it in the pocket of an article of clothing at a popular local department store. We wont know if or when this one gets discovered!
The next card, I left today in the coffee machine of our break room. We recently got a new fancy automatic coffee machine that all the teachers love. I dont drink coffee, but I thought, "what better than to leave 60 centimos with a smile card on the coffee machine in the morning for someone else to discover?"
So, I did, and later on I checked and it was gone.. I have no clue who got it and who had a free coffee today, but I plan on spreading lots more love and kindness around my school in Southern Spain!
Good Morning! Wishing all of you a great day filled with happiness! Today on my drive into work I saw 2 black bears crossing the road. They moved slowly and one even looked right at me as he passed by my car. What a special gift he gave me this morning. There is a small stream nearby and I'm sure they were going for water and some fish! Gotta love nature's treasures.
Following is an e-mail conversation between one of my students in Shanghai and me. I needed a little help as I twisted my fibula bone out of place. She sent me directions to a reputable hospital along with a map to get there and directions for a taxi driver. Then she wrote: "fI hope that my information could make some help. I know sometimes it is really hard to live in a foreign country. When my parents and I traveled to California, there were so many patient and friendly strangers in America helping us. We are grateful of that. Moreover, I sincerely hope that professor will soon be restored. All of us love you! Have a nice day!" I replied:"I am so happy to hear that the people you met in California were friendly. I have had the same experience in Shanghai. Once I thought to myself, "How come people are so ... Read Full Story >>
I have a set of 12 fragrant soaps, one for each month of the year. Once a month, I wrap one of these wonderful soaps in pretty paper and place it in the mailbox of a coworker. Everyone is a buzz about who is shatring the soaps but no one has a clue it's me....and they never will. Hee hee.
I truly believe kindness is all about the little things.Little daily events that normally go unnoticed, make my heart heavy with love for the people I see participating in them.
One of today's little things was studying with peers and experiencing mutual encouragement to do well on upcoming assignments, exams, etc. Another little thing was throwing a surprise mini-party for the president of my N.O.W. club before our weekly meeting tonight. <3 Also, a telepathic thank you to all the lovelies who held the door for me today.
I mailed SmileCards for KindSpring. :) I LOVE doing this, and appreciate the gentle reminder with offer of help when I get too busy and forget to check for who wants cards. This is the greatest group with which to volunteer!
It feels sooooo goooood when we plant little seeds, they stay there dormant and then flourish :-) For a year and a half I tried to do a kindness week at my daughter's school, sent the head teacher endless links to Ted talks, gave smile cards to pupils and teachers, etc.. When I had to stop volunteering at the school ,I just let things go until this month when I got the following front page school bulletin that made me believe that education is changing in the right direction. From the Head Teacher: " Dear Parents, Kindness and Compassion (“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama). As you may already know from recent bulletins, the school has developed seven ‘core values’ as part of the launch of our new status later this year to become a sponsored academy. One of ... Read Full Story >>
On Thursday, 24 October, 2014 my friend Michelle will turned 40 years old. Her version of a celebration? Asking for donations of warm socks, hats. gloves, etc. and books. Why?
Because she, along with friends (including me!) and family, traveledl to Cleveland OH where her daughter attends school at CSU. There we all met up and distributed the items to homeless folks near campus and the books, etc. to children in homeless shelters.
I am so blessed to have been a part of this birthday "celebration" and look forward to helping many more times, in many more ways!
KINDNESS IN THE NEWS! Ma’am, Your Burger Has Been Paid For Phil Marden By KATE MURPHY Published: October 19, 2013 IF you place an order at the Chick-fil-A drive-through off Highway 46 in New Braunfels, Tex., it’s not unusual for the driver of the car in front of you to pay for your meal in the time it took you to holler into the intercom and pull around for pickup. “The people ahead of you paid it forward,” the cashier will chirp as she passes your food through the window. Confused, you look ahead at the car — it could be a mud-splashed monster truck, Mercedes or minivan — which at this point is turning onto the highway. The cashier giggles, you take your food and unless your heart is irreparably rotted from cynicism and snark, you feel touched. You could chalk it up to Southern hospitality or small town charm. But it’s just as likely the preceding ... Read Full Story >>
I am going through the process of being admitted to the Bar in another state. My job requires it. I have been through the admission process in New York and California, but somehow I had forgotten how invasive it feels. The application is pages and pages of every job I have ever had, every address at which I have ever lived, any civil or criminal charges, any name change, divorces, etc. It feels never ending. I'm not in my 20s, or even 30s any longer. Try remembering every job and former address at my age. It consumed a large part of my weekend. I wasn't practicing gratitude or self-care, or anything, really. I was plowing through an unpleasant necessity. Then I got an email from KindSpring that said wonderful Jomartin had gifted me a good handful of Karmabucks. Along with that came a sweet message wishing me a smooth and swift week. So, ... Read Full Story >>
I write 10 things for which I am grateful every day, posting them on Facebook, and have done so for well over a year.
Several months ago my mother died after a long illness. It was expected and we had her on Hospice care for several months. I wrote of my feelings about her impending death and the places where I found gratitude and joy during that time, and continued my writing following her death.
One morning, several weeks following my mom's death, I received a beautiful note expressing how much my writings had meant to someone from another part of the world.
While my mom was dying, their loved one also lay dying. Every day that person opened the computer and read my words, and somehow they helped. I was deeply touched that words I wrote to help make sense of my dark days could lighten the dark days of someone across the world. I guess we are more connected than I realize!
With store rebates, fleece blankets were essentially free (rebate to be used for in store merchandise, which I will likely use to buy birdseed anyway!).
So, I purchased 20 to donate to local shelter. Thank you to the store that helped make my generosity possible :).
Good Morning Kindness Buddies! I hope you enjoyed the weekend. I went thru clothing this weekend and have 3 bags to donate to charity.
I have men and women's clothing, plus some nice pj's (not even worn) and Ialso purchased some new socks and hats/scarves.
I'm sure it will make someone warm and happy! I know it made me so happy to do this!
I go to a small local gym and I heard a young mother at the front desk sharing that she is a school teacher and her husband is out of work, therefore she can't continue her membership because she needed the money to pay her bills.
Later on, I approached the front desk and asked them to sell me a gift pass for 60 days. I told the Receptionist to give it to the young woman with smile card and that I prefered to be anonymous.
In the card I wrote " Angels are watching over you". I didn't see her reaction but I hope I helped this young lady a little bit.