Had one of my favorite days yesterday. I took my neighbor shopping for school supplies for her son. This started when he was in first grade and they didn't have any money. Well, he is a teenager now, but I still like doing this. His Mom and I made it a girls outing. A teenage boy doesn't want to be seen with us.
Anyway, I always buy a backpack and supplies for another child, in addition to the neighbor. Today I took the supplies to the school and donated them. They are always so grateful. One of the best days of the year.
Shopped at a local op shop today and got chatting to the volunteer behind the counter about the top I was wearing that featured butterflies, volunteer has similar top and we both love butterfly related articles.
Went to the shopping center and bought a new diary for work and there were 2 year planners with lovely design of butterflies on the cover. I bought 2 of them. Dropped back to op shop and left one for the volunteer with a random act of kindness card and thanked her for been a volunteer.
Found this story below online wanted to share. Talking To Strangers. "We made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up cupcakes for Norah's birthday. She was sitting in one of those carts that look like a car or truck or whatever when an older gentleman walked by. We'd passed several other elderly customers but she seemed magnetically drawn to this man. Her face lit up like the sun, she waved excitedly, and said "Hi old person! It's my birfday today!" He was furrow browed but his expression softened when he realized she was speaking to him. "Well hello little lady! And how old are you today?" he asked. They chatted for a few seconds and it was super adorable. We said 'goodbye' and carried on shopping. A few minutes later she turned and asked "Can I take a picture with the old man for my birfday?" Uh, it was the cutest damn thing ever. I knew he ... Read Full Story >>
I am so thankful for my friends. I had a scary moment yesterday and they all rallied around me and sprang into action to clear it up. They helped me feel less self conscious about my emotional state and took care of me the rest of the way home.
Today, I went to go shopping after work at Old Navy, as I had a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $25 or more and the coupon would be valid for only a few more days.
I found a couple of items to buy and the total would have been over $25 so I would be able to use the coupon I had. I then made the decision to off the coupon to a stranger to use. As I went to the cashier to pay for my items, I offered the coupon to a nearby lady who was paying for her items.
It felt good to do this good deed. I am glad she accepted my offer, as sometimes people are wary of strangers.
YOU'VE BEEN MUGGED
I saw a cute idea on Pinterest today and decided to adapt it for more general gift giving. I filled some cute smiley mugs with treats and added a note which said "You've Been Mugged" on the front and this message on the inside: "you are so special and do so much for everyone. Please enjoy this hug in a mug!" Then I quietly left them for the staff at the Assisted Care Home I visit. Here is a link to the original idea.
The most cherished gift I received was a water painting by brother gave me of our childhood home. When I opened the framed painting, it touched me to my core. We spent many days building dwellings in the nearby woods, weaving ferns between branches for our little huts. The home has since been down razed, but the memories are vivid and three dimensional. That painting brought it all "home."
I was at our local supermarket today to pick up some shopping. We noticed Jackie operating one of the tills. She is a long time friend with a daughter who is 18 months younger than mine which makes Kelly 16. Kelly has several disabilities including autism. Jackie asked about Ruth and university.
I told her and then I could see tears in her eyes. She went on to say how hard she finds this time of year because her niece and nephew are going to university and of course Kelly is unlikely to do this. I listened and allowed her to share all her pain.
I was reminded how little time it really takes to listen to someone. She was able to pour her heart out in the time it took to put our shopping through the till. I have encouraged her to join Kindspring.org because she is a really caring person.
Well had to deal with a very difficult person in Residential care. Was so not looking for ward to it. But I thought,"no, just be kind and caring", grit your teeth and don't react"
When I got there, she was depressed, hair wet and so sad. I asked her if she would like me to blow dry her hair in a nice style. She reluctantly agreed. When finished, after also adding a little lippy, she looked gorgeous. We got the mirror and what a difference it made. All you ladies out there so know that when your hair looks good, a little make up and bam! You feel great!
Took her down to the public tea room and she sat , had a cup of tea and joined in the conversation. It takes such a little effort to change someone's sad day into a good day.
I helped a new co worker clock in today as she was new on the job. We started talking and I found out she was taking an Uber taxi to work since she moved here from the Philippines. After finding this out, I offered to take her home and she was very grateful. She called me her 'angel', But really I was glad to help. And after all, I made a new friend.
I was enjoying listening to wonderful music at a jam session and one of the people who wanted to go up and jam was not being included. I heard him say, "They always leave the Indians for last" He seemed very angry. So I went up to the man who was organizing the jam and told him that this man thought he was being left out because he was an Indian (Native American).
The organizer apologized for the oversight. The Native American guy went up and played his drums. When he came back to his seat he had a big smile on his face and said," That was so fun!"
I felt good being
able to see a place where a little bit of kindness and inclusion was needed!
I am a member of a Facebook page helping the homeless and needy in our state. Today I dropped off some surplus kitchen items to someone starting out and trying to get together things for their new home. After a brief discussion with them, am dropping back on Friday with some other odds and ends they can make use of.
A week or so ago I had a new opportunity which I wanted to chat about with my friend. She was really negative and somehow managed to burst my bubble before I'd even had a chance to blow it up. We didn't part on bad terms exactly, but I felt really let down after the conversation.
A couple of days ago I realized how long it had been since we had spoken, and felt sad. Another friend, who is particularly gifted at keeping in touch, inspired me to make first contact. And we had a lovely chat.
She's had loads going on in her own life, and I feel so ridiculous because I don't think she even realized there was an issue. And the best bit, she's coming to see me in a fortnight. So the point of the story? Do be the first one to take that step and make contact.And it's worth it! Maybe you and the other person have differing perceptions of what occurred.
Lovely day yesterday. Had to get some carpet replaced where we took a wall out. So hate trying to get tradespeople to do these small jobs, nearly impossible. But with the help of the people who did wooden floors, I got one. He rang and said his "call out" fee would be so much. I asked "What do you mean by a 'call out' fee, you're a carpet layer?" I thought he most probably won't turn up, but to my surprise he did. He was a great young man and I showed him the very small area that needed fixing. He was so lovely and of course the fee was not a call out fee. I had to go to the shops and as I usually do. While out, I get chocolates for anyone who works on my house. He was so happy and surprised. We talked like old friends and he did ... Read Full Story >>
I want to acknowledge an act of kindness that I witnessed yesterday. It was my week to volunteer at our church food pantry. Usually, the 5th Tuesday is very slow and quiet. Not yesterday. The act of kindness was from some unnamed member of our church who donated extra autumn squashes from their garden. The clients who came yesterday were so delighted to be able to get a fresh veggie. Our pantry is small, we only distribute non-perishables, so to see the joy on faces was heartwarming.
Today, I was able to give my mail carrier a bottle of cold water. She was so happy. She isn't feeling well, can't wait to finish her route and get home. She complained that she also had a sore throat. I was able to offer her several kinds of throat lozenges (a singer always has big supply!) and she was so excited because they were her favorite brand.
Moving to a new country to work brings many challenges and teething problems. In the UAE we were allowed to apply for an advance payment on our salaries to help us get set up in accommodation. I chose not to ask for an advance payment as I thought I didn't need it. Turns out that wasn't true and I found myself at the local bank asking for a credit card to pay the balance on my accommodation. Khaldoun, the relationship manager told me it was not possible to get a credit card until an initial salary was paid into the account, turns out people create many accounts and don't stay with any of them once they make withdrawals. I understood the bank's rationale but that wasn't gonna put a roof over my head for the few days before my salary came in. Khaldoun told me he would make an exception for me ... Read Full Story >>
It's been some time since I logged on here since I live in Kuwait, which is an extremely hot place right now. I was in my apartment overlooking the highway. I saw a man trying to change his flat tire in the hot sun at 1pm in the afternoon.
I could see that he was having a very hard time. I went down to a small store in my building. I bought water and chocolate milk. I asked the store clerk if he would go and give that man the drinks. From my flat I saw the man taking the cold water and drinking it immediately. I felt really good to do this act of kindness!
It's all about the little things. I could see my neighbor getting annoyed coming home and having to move his garbage bin blocking his driveway. I decided to always pick up his bin when I get mine, no big deal.
This little act showed I paid attention. My neighbor in turn always picked up my bin if he gets home first, so neither of us comes home to a blocked driveway, may sound like a little thing, but it's huge, especially during crazy winter storms!
Every morning when I switch on my computer or my TV, there are more news about the disastrous impact of Hurricane Harvey on the thousands of people in Texas. While taking notice of all these distressing events, there are also the bright sparks of good news that confirm the goodness of mankind as well. As a journalist, I wrote many human interest stories during my career – and that’s why the story about the guys in the bakery caught my eye: When staff at a Mexican bakery chain in Houston were trapped inside the building for two days, they didn’t sit there feeling sorry for themselves. No, while still having electricity, they decided to bake loads of bread to distribute in the community. Now isn’t this just kindness in action? Loaves turning into loads of goodwill. You can read the full story Here. ... Read Full Story >>