A few weeks ago, I purchased a ring for myself called the "tree of life" (because of the design on the ring) with the word HOPE inscribed on the inside.I
It is made from steel and was inexpensive but symbolized the journey of recovery from breast cancer for me. A friend at work has also been going through a courageous journey with cancer treatments for uterine cancer.
I decided to share the ring with her, its meaning to me and I asked if she would like to have the same ring. We decided what size would fit and I ordered one for her as a gift.
When I was able to give it to her, I told her she was strong and the steel represented her strength in beating her cancer. The tree of life and the inscription of hope inside the ring could further serve as a reminder of the positive outcome that she is achieving from her treatment.
I felt fortunate that I found the such a symbolic ring for both of us.She has shared the symbolism with many others and I can't help but feel that each time she does it gives her more strength to fight back against a frightening disease.
I wanted to share with you all a little something I have been doing.
These notes you see here I have been writing and then folding up to place into jean and pant pockets in clothing stores.
The notes say things like ..." Your beautiful, look amazing and that these pants will be damn lucky to be worn by you." I tell the recipient of the note that the beauty she holds is within in her and shines always, whether or not she wears and buys the pants.
I love doing this, its so simple. I love being all sneaky and slipping these notes into the pockets of brand new pants!
Gave a friend a lovely Hibiscus plant (similar to image) for her new place which she recently moved into.
My mum had bought me one a year ago and I was surprised that it flowered all year through, even in our cooler winter months. Also gifted her another Mindy Peace Dove as she had given hers away to a friend, love the kindness ripples all thanks to you and Kindspring :)
As my 15th of 21 kindness acts, I wanted to give support to one of my closest friends and let her know what a wonderful mom she is. Her daughter was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It has been a challenging process working with doctors and getting her the right care that she needs. I gave her a card and told her she was doing a great job figuring things out for her little sweetie. It can be hard to be strong when your child is hurting. I also included a Starbucks gift card so she could take a break for herself. I mailed it so she had a surprise when she picked up her mail.
I was in a large US airport and being taken by one of those passenger/luggage transports to a Waiting Room. On my cart was a very anxious woman about my age from somewhere in Africa who didn't speak English.
She was obviously frightened. She couldn't get her cell phone to work. I loaned her mine to make her call. When we got to the waiting room I went out to get some lunch - a pizza and two plates. I took it back and cut it in half putting half on each plate.
As we ate, she calmed down and we managed to understand each other.. . . and I managed to find out where she was going. So I went out to the airline counter and found her gate and plane number and departure time.
It was amazing with a little kindness how she calmed down and we communicated without a common language. We departed in different directions with a big hug!
I'd like to share an act of kindness TO me by someone else. I had a very early morning meeting at 6:30 today, and the person I was meeting with sent me a text saying she was stopping at Dunkin' Donuts and offered to pick up breakfast for me. It's nice to be surrounded by friends everywhere! :)
12:30 AM. Just finished talking with my neighbor: last night I brought her some apple pie and we chatted happily in her front porch. I bought a small doughnut gadget and did some all-veggie that turned out delicious, so I texted her to see if she wanted some. We met again tonight and she told me her almost 16-yr-old is getting her license, but she's wary of letting her drive alone as she doesn't have much experience. That's called the learning curve! So I offered to take her out to practice! She will talk to her daughter and see if she agrees - that way both will be more at ease. In return, she is so kind as to take care of my dogs, Woolf and Fiffie (check-up on them, walk Woolf) when I go for a 5-day vacation to the beach! The hotel said pet-friendly (Fiffie) but I woke up with ... Read Full Story >>
While waiting at the airport for a shuttle to take me home, I overheard a phone conversation a young man was having with a friend. He sat next to me, his small daughter asleep in a stroller, telling his friend that he was on a borrowed cell phone because his wife's bag, with their money, wallets, everything, was stolen.
He had just learned that morning that his father had passed away, (his mother just a few months before) and they were on their way to join family members when they lost everything.
I had a little cash, and offered it to him so they could at least get a cab back home. We exchanged contact info, he expressed deep gratitude, and we hugged as my shuttle ride was called and he left to find his wife. I live on very little, but sharing that $50 felt really good to me.
On a recent walk in the woods with a friend and her two toddlers I took the opportunity to have the little ones help me share Mindy's peace doves. They each choose a dove and decided to hang it on a branch for another to find. Soon after they came upon a large hawk feather that they where having a hard time deciding who should keep it, but in the end took turns holding it to bring home for their older sister who collects them. Proud of their good behavior, their mother decided to take them out for lunch as a treat. Pleased with herself, the youngest (who is 3) smiled and said "that's karma".
I have had a lot of fun sharing Mindy's doves ... I have shared them at recent museum and library visits, during recent travels (including rest areas), hiking and at work. Thanks Mindy!!! Curious if you have kept track of how far your doves have traveled and if you have gotten feed back from people who have received them? Cheers to their continued flight!
Handing out seed packets with inspirational sayings on them were HUGE hit at my health club, so I bought some more to label and bring in on Wednesday.
A customer behind me in line at the store asked me what I was doing with so many seed packets, wondering if I had a big garden. I told him that I was going to give them away and inquired whether he had a place to garden. He said yes, he enjoyed growing vegetables. I was glad I had bought vegetable as well as flower seeds this time. I gave him a package of sweet pea seeds and wished him well!
I love sowing these seeds of kindness :)
A young girl was stuck working at the local convenience store from 7 am until 11 pm. The girl who was supposed to come in called out sick. I felt so bad for this young girl being stuck there on Easter.
After we ate, I made a plate of all of our Easter food and took it to the young girl. She was so appreciative and was only planning on having a hot dog for dinner. I also took her a piece of pie with cool whip.
today, we get a kindness given to *us*! we are a "working poor" family, so two of my siblings and a cousin are taking us out to dinner tonight, just because. <3 we will continue to Pay It Forward as always, and the next 3 times we do, it will be in their names.
Everyday on my way to work I choose to get out at bus stop that is a 10-minute walk away from the office. The sidewalk I use is not very busy in the morning compared to in the afternoon when many joggers and mothers with their baby carts use it. Every time I see some litter, I recall a video I watched about a gentleman from Japan that every morning walks his neighborhood just to pick up litter. I do the same-- as soon as I see some litter in that sidewalk, I collect it and put it in the trash can. This way, my fellow passersby can enjoy the beautiful trees and birds.
On a busy drizzling chilly Saturday at the local supermarket, I noticed a fund-raising boy scout, with his mom, selling candy bars for his troop.
I drove to the curb, waved him over, paid for 2 and told him to give them away. He was a little hesitant and a little surprised but then he "got it" and was very happy.
For some reason I stopped in the parking lot and watched he and his mom for a bit. No one stopped at his table and plenty of people walked by.
I drove back, stopped curbside, got out, walked up to he and his mom and gave them another $20, telling them to give the candy bars away to anyone walking by. They were shocked and pleased and I told them it was hard work being outside on a day like this doing good works and that we need more Boy Scouts in this day and age.
They were hugely grateful, so was I and probably the adults or kids that got the free candy bars. Then I drove through Starbucks and was a little tingly all over.
Two weeks before my wife's birthday, I contacted some of her friends from university and requested that they send a video wishing her a "Happy Birthday". I asked them to recount any pleasant memories they had from their university days. I received seven videos from friends she had not been in touch with for eight years! Many of them described fun memories from college and talked about how they miss those times. When I showed the videos to my wife on her birthday, she could not stop smiling. She was very happy and I saw tears of happiness in her eyes. A simple gesture made her birthday special by connecting her to old friends.
Today, I recognized the frowning woman in line behind me at the checkout counter of the grocery store. I hadn't seen her in fifteen years -- she is the owner of a local restaurant where I briefly worked one summer as a waitress. It had been on my heart for several days around Christmas time to go her restaurant and leave a card thanking her for her kindness to me, but I couldn't override my shyness so I didn't act. When I saw her today, I knew the Universe was giving me a second chance and I seized it! I turned to her and said, "You probably don't remember me, but you once gave me a job when I really needed one even though I had no experience -- and I really want to thank you for that." She asked my name and said she didn't remember me. And I admitted with a ... Read Full Story >>
Last Saturday, my daughter Evelyn and I delivered a spring grass gift to our local post office filled with Easter sweet treats. It was a fun project, planting the seeds together in a small and colorful metal pail, watering and watching the 'magic' grass appear. Even more satisfying was giving it away — the post office staff was quite surprised and delighted.
I gave our neighbor children a few daffodils from the bunch blooming beside our front stairs. They were sweet about it, and made a big show of smelling them.
I asked the children what kind of flowers they were and they both smiled, "YELLOW!" :)
I said they could pick a few more daffodils from the front landscape and the boy, about 4 1/2 years old, held one up for me and said, "Here, this one's for you!"
I had to stop at the lab and have some blood work done on my way to work this morning. There is a Tim Horton's coffee shop right next to the lab so I bought a couple of boxes of Timbits (donut holes) and took them to work to share with my co-workers. It's amazing how many folks stop by to say hi when they know there are goodies on my counter top. 8-)
Last week, my daughter and I were walking down the street when all of a sudden grapes fell from a woman's bag. I ran over to her grabbed her grapes and the other bags that were falling to the ground. I tied the bags together, put them on her arm and wished her well. She gave me the biggest smile and wished me a blessed day.
Today as I walked out of the bank, there was a woman walking trying to hold her bag filled with bottles to be recycled, her cane as well as her purse. She walked a few steps, stopped, and started again. I asked if she was okay, if I could help. I offered her a ride to the recycling center. She was very happy to get in my car. She was a very nice person and didn't look her age of 91. I told her she looked fantastic, she responded people always tell me that but that her body is old. I was happy that I was able to help her even for the short ride to the recycling center.