Our next door neighbor had to move out of her house as she could no longer afford it after her husband passed away. Since then, I have been mowing the yard to help keep up the looks of our neighborhood (and to keep the mosquitos away!).
Soon after, the neighbor on the other side of the house noticed what I was doing. He offered to donate his time and effort as well, and we now work together to mow the lawn.
To add beauty to my community and hopefully a smile to a neighbor's face I just delivered a chrysanthemum plant to people who recently moved in across the street.
I knew they wouldn't be home so I left it with a Smile Card and a note that said, "Welcome to the neighborhood!"
And, as a side benefit, I'll get to enjoy the plant from my window across the street - without having to take care of it!
My mother-in-law was visiting after losing her partner (my father-in-law.) We wanted to help her feel connected with life again, so I wrote her a letter listing all the good qualities of hers I have noticed since I first met her in 1996.
I took her shopping, packed her bag, got her a gift, and read lot of stories to her from this site. As she was getting ready to leave again she showered us with words of kindness.
Our intention was to make her feel connected and I think, as a family, we achieved that!
On Saturday we bought groceries for a local food pantry and also animal food for an animal rescue group. We almost adopted a puppy...but are thinking on it.
On Sunday I visited an old friend I lost touch with. It was beautiful. We shared the good and the bad and vowed to keep in touch. It was so nice seeing her again. We were childhood friends and were always together until we both married and relocated.
Today is a rainy Monday, but I'm motivated to make something good happen for someone today. Oh, we also left a gift card for our mail carrier to honor those who serve us no matter what the weather.
I've been kind of semi-unemployed for almost three years. And its becoming easier and easier to cope with this situation. Why? I have a lot of time to meditate.
Having subscribed to KindSpring and other positive and good news pages makes me focus on appreciation and gratitude more so my meditations can be... peaceful and very ordinary uplifting experiences. I get the opportunity to watch if depression wants to step in and choose what I want.
My soul chose to have this experience and probably has been one of the best ones in several lifetimes; to learn to unconditionally be kind and loving to myself always and all-ways. And then, sharing to others is a pleasure.
Many years ago, when I was in high school and working weekends to pay for the extras that my folks couldn't really afford (like a school ring, class trip, etc.), I lost my wallet. My old car required putting gas in the back (remember that?). I had prepaid and then put my wallet on the bumper, and drove off. I hadn't even had time to miss it when our phone rang and a man asked me if I had lost my wallet. I checked my purse and to my horror, I had. He asked me to tell him how much $$ was in it, and I told him. He then told me where to pickup my wallet. As I pulled into his driveway, I noticed his handicapped van and the ramp going up to the house. I was thinking that there is no way this man easily got out of his van ... Read Full Story >>
For Day 2, reconnecting with an old pal, I sent a message to a woman I've known since pre-school (we're now 39!). She had a lot of challenges and personal difficulties in her life, struggles with drugs and alcohol, etc., but really pulled out of it and has become a counselor focusing on helping youth with drug and alcohol issues (!). Turns out that I caught her at exactly a time when she was really needing some support due to some marital issues, and she was really grateful that I had reached out and told her what an inspirational person I think she is.
DAY 2 Interestingly enough, I experienced two realizations today during Day 2 of the Kindness Challenge. I would like to share them here. #1 I noticed that when I began my day and remembered that I needed to complete my challenge, I thought: "I have to engage in a kindness act today." Immediately I noticed how my body tightened up when thinking about it, particularly the "have" part of it. In my past, generosity and kindness were just a way of being, and not a requirement, so now that it's required for me to log in and then complete a Kindness act, I resented it. Then, I realized that I didn't "have" to do anything, all I "have" to do was just be me, then Kindness flowed. #2 As I was trying to figure out and plan which act of kindness I was going to perform, I realized that I was looking for bigger actions. Then ... Read Full Story >>
Yesterday evening, my husband and I took our grandson to the playground for a little while after supper. While we were there, he had a snack and on our way to the trash to throw away the wrapper, we all worked together to pick up some other trash that had been misplaced.
I think this helps create more of a "community" feel rather than just "me and mine". No matter how the trash got there, I want everyone to enjoy a clean, beautiful area.
My neighbors are a couple in their mid 60's. Both of them are quite active, but like me, they have a very steep yard that can be difficult to mow if you accidentally wait an extra day or two and the grass thickens.
For me, it is no problem because I have a riding mower, but they have an electric push mower. This Saturday when I mowed my lawn, I looked over at theirs and saw how thick it was. I would not help but imagine the hour or so it would take for them to cut it.
So I took a right turn and cut their lawn right after mine. They were so very appreciative. I simply told them, for me to give 6 minutes of my time and give you an opportunity to save 60 minutes of yours just seemed like the right thing to do.
I walk through a bush trail close to my home, a few days a week. I collected a whole bag of empty cans and bottles that were sadly tossed amongst the scrub. It felt good to walk through again this afternoon and not see them all laying there.
The parcel I sent to my friend, arrived at her home, yesterday. Here is what she said: "Thank you Ruth, you brought tears to my eyes! You're such a kind and loving lady ♥♥♥" and then "When you know that someone still actually cares and thinks of you, it makes the day more bearable".
I really only sent a tiny gift, a little necklace I made and a pack of popping candy. Teeny things have big ripples... I'm slowly learning that the teeny things matter.
Today, I helped a friend with her schoolwork for several hours and didn't have much time for anything else. I sent a message via Facebook to a friend to tell her that I think she's amazing. It is enough.
Tomorrow I'm delivering a present to another friend! I'm very excited!
My husband always waters the plants at his parents home when they are away. He has been occupied with volunteer work at the temple so I went and watered the plants.
He is such a diligent person and always ready to help others so felt great to surprise him by taking care of a simple matter :)
I was on my way to my parents' on my motorcycle and saw a middle aged man carrying a heavy sack on his shoulders and walking with great struggle. I passed him, then paused, and turned around to stop near him and offer him a ride.
He lifted the heavy sack which had a lot of scrap iron and sat on the pillion. Immediately he asked me my name and after I told him, blessed me aloud. We rode on.
In five minutes, we were stopped by a traffic cop who demanded to see my license. There were many cops who were stopping everyone on that road. My ride got down with his sack and got back on after I was through with the cop.
We reached his destination. He got off and thanked me again. After reaching home, while parking my motorcycle I saw that the iron pieces in the sack that he had placed on the pillion had made deep marks and almost torn the seat in a couple of places.
I smiled and took it as a reminder he had left behind so that I do not forget what the pillion is for.
Some friends and I blew up 75 balloons, wrote nice sayings directly on them or on notes attached to them by string, and passed them out on campus.
Mine said "Happy Unbirthday, any day can be your special day, even today." I gave it to a girl working at the info center, where I assume she is constantly barraged by people asking her for things - directions, keys, etc.
She was very excited to receive something, for once.
Today I bought a piece of art from a vendor at a festival. Her artwork was inspired by Africa and so I asked if she had ever been there. She answered 'no' and that she hoped to some day. After paying for the artwork, I handed her a $20 bill and said that it was for her fund to travel to Africa someday. She was so touched that she reached out to hug me! It made my day and I will always have that story with the art that now graces my wall.
I have always wanted to say thanks to the workers who clean the public bathrooms in my college dorm before any of us wake up. I was inspired to do this because it's such a thankless but necessary task. One morning I left a simple thank you note for the woman at the sink.
Today when returning a library book I slipped a $5 in between the pages with a note wishing them the most beautiful blessed day. I do this every time I return a library book and if I cannot afford the money I will stick only a note inside with words of love and letting them know that someone is thinking of them and that I hope they enjoy the book.
Helped our local, urban farmers to process tomatoes into pasta sauce for their winter pantry box.
Small, organic farmers work so hard - preparing the ground, starting seedlings, planting, weeding, harvesting, delivering, processing - that most have a hard time surviving.
I help out whenever I can during harvest season, so that they can add value to the produce at their peak and not have it all spoil because they don't have the human power to handle everything themselves.
Last weekend I sat on the bus bubbling with excitement and so ready to spend time in New York City with one of my best friends from college. As I took the window seat and put my headphones in, I barely even noticed the elderly man that took a seat beside me. Two hours passed and I remained absorbed in my own world, bored and anxious to get off of the bus. Trying to push away all the thoughts, worries, and obligations that were weighing me down. Trying to trick myself into believing that I was fine, perfectly and completely okay. However, after re-settling on the bus after the quick rest stop break, the elderly man asked me a question, a simple question about the bus’s Wi-Fi capabilities, which turned into a 2 and a half hour conversation probing my deepest fears, my dreams, my life. I shared more with this stranger on ... Read Full Story >>