While I feel so saddened by the world and the mean-spirited people my husband and my son especially have had to deal with this week, I still believe in being kind to everyone. The little kindness I did for the elderly lady at the grocery store, and the assistance I gave someone else at the local yarn store, are moments that make my days better. Making cookies for a neighbor who got laid off was a small gesture that made him smile.
Sometimes I would prefer to give back the meanness I get from some people, but have learned that just makes it worse. The hard part is not lashing out at those who hurt my family. That has happened too often this week to my son in particular.
Nothing to be gain by striking back, but still it saddens my heart and life at time can be wear your spirit down.
Tomorrow is another day. And another chance to make some one smile
At the park this morning, we were shocked to see the grass strewn with litter. People had obviously enjoyed their evening and had takeaway dinner in the park, but they didn't bother to put their rubbish in the bin. My husband said, "lets not wait for the park staff, lets do it!" so we did!
Today my husband and I started something awesome. The sign says "Cold? Take one. Extra? Donate one." It's been so cold these past weeks. It worries us just thinking about those people who are less fortunate.
I walk my goats daily, basically just following them about to make sure they don't eat any of the young trees or break into the farm. At this time of year, it can be cold and damp. For the last couple of days, after about 40 minutes, when my fingers are freezing, my husband has shown up with a nice hot mug of tea for me. He then hangs around to chat until it's time to take them in. Little gestures are as special as big ones.
I am taking a piece of my husband's birthday cake to my dad. My father, known for his sweet tooth, always has dessert. I remember when he would take all his grandchildren out for breakfast and order them each a piece of their favorite pie for their breakfast dessert! I don't think our daughter ever quite understood why we didn't do that at home. :)
Kind act for today.. helped my sister clean and sort though her things. We laughed a lot and shared funny memories. :) ♡
Its the countdown to back to school here. I was in my favorite stationery shop yesterday and saw all the books and supplies set out ready for the new school year. I decided to purchase a gift card along with my own purchases. I quickly wrote a note on the back of the card and asked the cashier to pass it along to a family who she thought were struggling to pay for their stationery, or to a family with multiple children to buy stationery for. A little thought popped into my head "what if the cashier doesn't use it for this?" Then courage in my spirit took over, and I thought The Universe will guide her, and I let it go.
I bought premade bookmarks online. On one side I glued a list of kindness ideas, on the other side I stuck inspirational stickers. I got both the bookmarks and stickers at 50% off. I'm going to laminate them, and tie some embroidery thread through the hole to finish them off. I'll leave some at the library and some in books at the Little Free Library.
Its a hot day here, so I did my afternoon crafting outside on the verandah, at the same time I said hello to people walking past down the footpath!
I have created and printed what I call my "Hero Cards" and give them out to veterans that I see in public places, thanking them for their service to our country, or I place them on the driver's side window of cars with veterans plates. I don't usually see the drivers find them but on occasion I do, and love the expressions on their faces. My cards read "My Heartfelt Thanks to You, Veteran. In a world where there seems to be fewer heroes please know that you will always be one in my eyes. From a Fellow American."
Today we had a new teacher join us. Sadly, the previous teacher has left on a mental health leave. As a seasoned teacher (I like that better than old), I forget how scared new beginnings can be.
This morning I left a flower, stickers for the kids and a small note saying "Stay calm and have a great first day" on her desk. Throughout the day I checked in on her and offered to help her any way I can (Of course she had a tech question and I had not idea what to do..but I knew people who did).
It is a lovely feeling to mentor someone and share some wisdom. Looking forward to helping this new teacher in any way I can!
My sushi shop has got loyalty cards, each pack of sushi gets a stamp, nine stamps and the next one is free. This afternoon I felt like brown rice vegetarian sushi for lunch, and got my 9th stamp. I then passed my sushi card along with a smile card to the person behind me in line so her sushi was free :-) she thanked me about three times, everyone was happy!
An "adopted" mother treated me to lunch today :) I much enjoyed the little attached gift shop nearby!
They had a special deal on reusable bags, so I bought some and gave one to woman behind me line (tucked a SMILE card in too).
I'll bring an extra bag wherever I go shopping to share, being mindful of the Smile Deck's prompt of handing out reusable bags this week :))).
On a recent flight a child somewhere near the front was crying uncontrollably. Couldn't see them but silently sent them good vibes of comfort and reassurance that it was OK. Eventually they calmed down. A strange thing happened when the plane landed. A handicapped girl several seats ahead turned round and kept beaming and waving at me all the way from the plane to the airport. Had the feeling she was the one who'd been crying. Unique connection!
While on my way to work today I passed a vehicle with hood up overheating on this 19 degree morning. In the car was an older woman who was panicking. I pulled over and went into the trunk of my car and pulled out 2 gallons of water. She came out of the car and I showed her where to add the water. She was so thankful for my help and I was so happy to show her what to do in case this happens again. I gave her our mechanic's business card and told her to call Josh and he'll check it out. I'm thinking radiator.
I always carry an emergency road kit which includes water, cat food, cat litter (in case I'm stuck on ice), flashlight, snack bars, shovel, blankets, and emergency flares. So happy that I was able to give her my water.
Even more happier that I made a new friend. I hope Dear Janet has a good rest of the day!
THE JOYS OF WINTER...for all you folk down under the Equator! SO ..I am not really a big fan of winter but after reading one of the posts from our KS Tribe, I decided to work on my perception. This member talked about enjoying the act of shoveling the snow because it reminded her of a beloved family member (Grandma I think) and was good for her physical well being too.
In a continued effort to shower kindness on my husband I was taking out the garbage after my early morning workout. I looked at his frost and snow covered car. So I decided to warm it up for him and scrape it off. Funnily enough when I was in the car the radio was on ..the hosts were talking about how to get frost off a vehicle as quick as possible..Thanks universe...Got to do a kind act and not be in the cold for so long ;)
It was love-ly to get a big smile and kiss as a reward for that act of kindness..You give you receive! The picture below is from a great children's book called "Stranger in the Woods!" Hope you have a toast warm day! XO
Some of you know about my marvelous Mom who had a stroke seven years ago. She is unable to walk, talk or move her left hand. ...but she is an absolute inspiration. Every Tuesday night we go out together . I take her to a mall and out for dinner (she loves a glass of pinot grigio). Anyway tonight was a bit miserable due to a big snowstorm. So we just stayed in town..Off we went to Wal Mart and as we were in line I noticed a fairly disheveled man a bit ahead of us in line. He was looking at us as people often do when someone is in a wheelchair. I gave him a big smile and started to chat to my Mom. A minute later he came up to us and gave my Mom these two lady bugs. He paints them and gives them to people (sound familiar?). He ... Read Full Story >>
My Mum lives in a retirement village and helps running the library there. As the residents get older, they appreciate books with large print. I helped my Mum find websites that sell books with large print, and with my Mum's input I applied for two charity grants for the village to get funding to buy more. Applying for the grants took a little longer than I expected, but its done, and I hope that the funding comes through so that everyone can enjoy reading and the pleasure of books.
Hello lovely people and a happy new year! Internet is back, and so am I :) Today has been an exciting day. I have a small herd of goats, and it's kidding season. Goats generally give birth independently, and only once before have I had to assist. But as I was taking them out for their walk this morning I noticed that one had a little head sticking out behind. Further investigation also revealed a little foot. Aaarg! - intervention required! After some efforts to find the second leg I decided I needed help and we telephoned a neighbour, a wonderful soft spoken man who used to keep goats but seems to have a way with all animals. He arrived within minutes, slipped his jacket of and got to work whilst I held and comforted Mummy Goat. He too was not having any success at finding that second leg, but I could ... Read Full Story >>
We were blessed with an offer from a farmer that he would donate all the greens we could pick to the food bank we spent a few hours in a garden full of collards, turnips, kale and hybrid greens. After loaded up the truck we spent the rest of the day in the community giving out fresh greens. It was a blessing all the way around.. God bless farmers and what they grow.
One day my husband and I passed by a house where we noticed an elderly woman picking up sticks from her yard. We slowed down and asked if she needed help. She told us she was picking up sticks to burn in her wood stove.
We asked around the neighborhood and was told that the man who usually delivered her wood for her stove had died. My husband and I went home and found some wood we could chop to give to her. When we took it back later that day, she was so happy. Her voice shook as she told us thanks. It made me and my husband very happy to be able to do it.
We told her we would furnish her with wood for her heater. She told us God would bless us. We told her He already does. As you can see she lives meagerly and we are going to try and help her with that also. Pray for us all. This story only goes to show that we can all do something to help someone. Thank you.